[News-Heads]

[ANCHOR=Jean]

[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Today on News 7, George W. Bush wants Governor Gilmore to take one of the top spots in the national Republican Party. We'll have the details.
(------------)

and some local residents find their personal property taxes are going up in spite of the Governor's no car tax plan, [Weather-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Winter is here and so is the colder weather but the sunshine isn't going anywhere just yet. Forecast details ahead.

[Medical-Head]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#med heads]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


Also today, sushi chefs in Japan are concerned about the future,
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]

and on Health Check, we'll see some holiday gifts are no sweat to pick out.
(----------------)



[open]
[SUPER=#4063; Headline Banner]
[SUPER=@Jean1;]
[SUPER=@Jacey1;]
[SUPER=@Roy1;]


[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


George W. Bush today resigns as the 46th Governor of Texas.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:08:53]
[IN Q=]

((AND THERE'S ONLY ONE THING THAT WOULD CAUE ME TO LEAVE EARLY... (LAUGHTER) AND THAT'S TO BECOME YOUR PRESIDENT. APPLAUSE.))
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=YOUR PRESIDENT. APPLAUSE!]
(------------)



[5-Bush]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


As George W. Bush prepares to trade the State House for the White House- he's bringing up names for some top national posts-
One name that came up- Virginia's Governor- Jim Gilmore.
More on that in a moment, but first we head to Texas- where Terisa Estacio has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX]
[SUPER=01-Dick Cheney/Vice President-elect;]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/CBS News;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=standard outcue.]

(( THE HONEYMOON MAY BE VERY SHORT FOR THE INCOMING BUSH ADMINISTRATION. AT JUST ABOUT THE SAME TIME.... THE PRESIDENT-ELECT WAS RESIGNING AS TEXAS GOVERNOR.... HIS RUNNING-MATE WAS FACING TOUGH QUESTIONS IN WASHINGTON ABOUT THE SUSPECT ECONOMY. DICK CHENEY/VICE PRESIDENT ELECT "THERE DOES SEEM TO BE A LOT OF EVIDENCE THAT IN FACT THE ECONOMY HAS SLOWED DOWN SOME." WHILE MEETING WITH FORMER RIVAL JOE LIEBERMAN....CHENEY DEFENDED THE NOTION THE BUSH CAMP IS BEING UNDULY PESSIMISTIC ABOUT THE STATE OF THE U-S ECONOMY. CHENEY "WE'VE TRIED TO BE VERY PRECISE AND ACCURATE IN OUR STATEMENTS. WE DON'T WANT TO TALK DOWN THE ECONOMY CLEARLY." IN AUSTIN, BUSH ALSO TACKLED THE ISSUE... BUSH: "WE MUST BE PREPARED...." EARLIER THE ATMOSHERE WAS MUCH LIGHTER.... PRESIDENT ELECT BUSH THANKED TEXANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS. GEORGE W. BUSH "THERE'S ONLY ONE THING THAT WOULD CAUSE ME TO LEAVE EARLY"...(LAUGHTER) WITH LESS THAN A MONTH TO GO BEFORE HE STARTS HIS NEW JOB... BUSH HAS YET TO FILL SEVERAL KEY POSITIONS...INCLUDING ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DEFENSE SECRETARY.))


[5-Gilmore-RNC]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=500-13 1:12:37]
[GRAPHIC=Gilmore]


Jim Gilmore's name keeps popping up- In fact today several NATIONAL media outlets are reporting that Bush has tapped Gilmore to head up the Republican National Committee.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


But until the President-elect makes a formal announcement -- Governor Gilmore's NOT talking.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 14:29:23]
[IN Q=Well you know]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL YOU KNOW IT'S UP TO THE PRESIDENT-ELECT TO DECIDE WHAT HE WANTS TO DO IN ALL OF HIS APPOINTMENTS. AND HE HASN'T MADE ANY TYPE OF ANNOUNCEMENT. I'VE MADE IT I THINK VERY CLEAR THAT I CAN'T GO IN THE CABINET BECAUSE I WANT TO REMAIN AND SERVE OUT MY TERM AS GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA. SO I'VE INDICATED TO THE PRESIDENT-ELECT THAT I'D BE HAPPY TO HELP HIM OUT AND TO SERVE. BUT IT HAS TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THE GOVERNORSHIP.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:22]
[OUT Q=the governorship.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


We interviewed the RNC Chairman on election night last year.
Current R-N-C chairman Jim Nicholson's first two year term for the national party began in 1997- He helped Gilmore run for governor.
(------------)



[5-Car-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=500-14 1:26:19]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The car tax is supposed to being going down- but
Some Pulaski County residents are finding their car taxes higher than ever.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


Russell Musgrove was looking forward to seeing a 48 percent reduction in his car tax.
But the bill he got last month was 18 dollars higher than last year's.
That's because in July, Pulaski County's Board of Supervisors raised the personal property tax 25 percent- that's 2 dollars for every 100 dollars of property.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:39:07 - :24]
[IN Q=I just kind of expected]

((RUSSELL MUSGROVE: I JUST KIND OF EXPECTED I'D SEE A LOWER BILL. IT ALL SOUNDS GOOD WHEN YOU HEAR IT FROM THE GOVERNOR HOW IT'S GOING TO GO DOWN, BUT WHEN YOU OPEN THE BILL AND IT'S MORE THAN LAST YEAR, IT DIDN'T QUITE COME TO PASS, FOR ME. AND PROBABLY FOR ANYBODY IN PULASKI CO.))
[SUPER=07-Russell Musgrove;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=anybody in Pulaski County.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Local governments have the right to raise car taxes.
Pulaski County supervisors say they needed to raise rates to fund school improvements.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[GRAPHIC=None]


On News-7 at 6, hear what Governor Gilmore thinks about local governments ruining his car tax relief plan.
[(toss to R)]
(toss to Robin)

[Robin-Tease] [12/21/2000]
[SS=NONE]ROBIN IN WX-CENTER

[WXPRO/FULL] WEATHER MAP TOMORROW FORECAST FIVE DAY FORECAST

[SS=NONE]ROBIN TOSS BACK[tease#1]



[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#tease1]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A local high school band is preparing for a big event. We'll tell you what it is after this break
(-------------------)

[VO] and there are some fishy changes coming to Japanese cuisine and now some chefs are worried.
(--------------------)

[Closed captioning]

[Commercial Break #1]




[5-Homeless-Ceremony]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=kth]
[TAPE#=500-4 1:42:30]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In honor of National Homeless Persons' Day, members from the Roanoke community gathered at a grave site in Coyner Springs.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Coyner Springs]

Folks prayed and lit a memorial candle to remember the homeless and those who lost their lives. Mounted patrolman showed their respects as well. Organizers say thousands right here in Roanoke are only a paycheck away from losing everything and awareness of the situation is key.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=THERE ARE SOME ]

((THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY GENEROUS WITH THEIR DONATIONS BUT STILL IN THE VALLEY WE FIND THAT THERE ARE OTHER S NOT AWARE OF THE HOMELESS SITUATION IN THE VALLEY.))
[SUPER=01-Carol Wright/Human Services Coordinator]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=HOMELESS SITUATION IN THE VALLEY]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Organizers say you can help by making a donation to local shelters or contacting the Roanoke Homeless Assistance Team.

(------------)



[5-Realtor]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=500-20 1:18:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The former president of the National Realtors Association says he is working to bring hi-tech companies to the area.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Dennis Cronk is a local realtor known for helping business like Blockbuster come here.
He finished his term as president in November, and now he's focused on marketing the Roanoke Valley.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I've written two]

((DENNIS CRONK/ROANOKE REALTOR: I'VE WRITTEN TWO CONTRACTS, I'M NEGOTIATING A THIRD RIGHT NOW, TWO BANK CITES, SOME LARGE COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS. I'M REALLY BUSY ALL THE WAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS.))
[SUPER=01-Dennis Cronk/Roanoke Realtor]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=until Christmas.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Cronk attended both the democrat and republican national conventions this year.
He was also voted one of the 25 most influential realtors in the nation.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I appreciate]

((DENNIS CRONK/ROANOKE REALTOR: I APPRECIATE THE RECOGNITION BUT THAT'S NOT WHY I DO IT, I DO IT BECAUSE I LOVE IT AND ITS FUN. THAT'S HOW IT IS.))
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=how it is.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Cronk is the only resident of western Virginia to be elected as president of the Realtors' Association.
(------------)



[5-Sushi]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In Japan Sushi is a serious business. So serious that traditional practitioners are now worried their art form is getting a raw deal as fast food sushi joints pop up worldwide. Barry Petersen reports from Tokyo.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Tokyo; :00]
[SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/CBS News; 1:05 -1:16]
[RUNS=2:32]
[OUT Q=CBS NEW TOKYO]



[Tease#2]



[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=afr]
[TAPE=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch will have our weekend forecast,
(-----------------)

[VO] and then in Sports, Venus Williams puts her best foot foward as she steps into the big time of celebrity endorsements.


(-----------------)


[STOX]


[5-Forest-Band]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=500-6 1;38:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Spending New Year's Day in London might sound like a nice trip, but imagine bringing 130 teenagers along with you.

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


The Jefferson Forest High School marching band will join 12- thousand other performers for what's billed as Europe's biggest annual street parade.
The Cavaliers will perform in the London Parade Festival on January 1st... it's the first time the school has been chosen for the honor.
Transporting the band, 93 adults and two tons of equipment overseas has proved to be a challenge.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:04:52]
[IN Q=We actually]

((DAVID WEBB/JFHS BAND DIRECTOR: WE ACTUALLY WENT AS FAR AS PRACTICE- LOADING THE TRUCK TO MAKE SURE WE HAD ENOUGH SPACE ABOUT A WEEK AGO, SO IT'S ABOUT FOUR THOUSAND POUNDS OF EQUIPMENT WITH UNIFORMS AND EVERYTHING, SO YEAH, THERE'S BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF A LOGISTICAL.. NOT A PROBLEM, BUT A LOT OF STUFF TO DO.))
[SUPER=01-David Webb/Band Director]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=stuff to do.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The band held its final rehearsal this morning.
They'll leave for London on December 27th.
(------------)


[Stats] [12/21/2000] [CK/ESS]FIVE BACKGROUND [CK/WXPRO] [CK/VIEWERNET] [CK/WXPRO]WEATHER MAPS [CK/CHYRON/5 PAGES]REGIONAL FORECASTS [ESS/FULL]EXTENDED FORECAST [WALK OVER FOR 2 SHOT TOSS] [Forecasts]
[SUPER=#577]
[SUPER=X5000]
[SUPER=330-Cloudy/& Breezy/18-20/Partly Sunny/with Wind Chills/25-27]
[SUPER=X5003]
[SUPER=331-Cloudy Skies/Winds SW 15/19-21/Partly Sunny/& Very Windy/24-26]
[SUPER=X5003]
[SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/40% Snow Chance/15-17/Partly Sunny/Slight Snow Chance/18-20]
[SUPER=X5003]
[SUPER=333-Cloudy & Small/Snow Chance/12-14/Cloudy & Cold/Wind Chills/15-17]
[SUPER=X5003]
[SUPER=334-Cloudy & Light/Snow Chance/10-12/Cloudy, Windy/& Cold/14-16]
[SUPER=X5003]

[SUPER=#555][tease#3]



[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#Tease 3]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Coming up following Sports, Scotland prepares for the biggest celebrity wedding of the decade,
(---------------)

[VO] but first on Health Check, we'll see some holiday gifts that allow the recipients to exercise their options.
(---------------)







[REV NET ANNOUNCEMENT]
[Commercial Break ]

[5-Healthy-Gifts]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=500-18 1:27:19]
[GRAPHIC=Exercise]

Tis the season for giving.
But before you finish your last minute shopping, Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has some healthy gift options you might want to consider.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;00]
[SUPER=01-Karen Carpenter/New Fitness Owner;20]
[SUPER=01-Joanna White/Weight Watchers Leader;1:20]
[SUPER=@Joy1;1:52]
[RUNS=2:10]
[OUT Q=News 7]


(( Come January most gyms we'll be packed with people trying to fulfill their New Years' resolutions to shed those extra pounds and get in shape before the summer.
And that's why some gyms say buying a membership for someone can be a great holiday gift.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT8:13]
[IN Q=Probably our most popular is our gift]

((KAREN CARPENTER/NEW FITNESS OWNER: PROBABLY OUR MOST POPULAR IS OUR GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR MEMBERSHIPS WHERE WE OFFER SOMEONE TO TRY IT. A 3 MONTH, A SIX MONTH, OR A ONE YEAR OPTION OF GIFT CERTIFICATES, WHERE THEY CAN REDEEM THEM ANYTIME FROM WHEN THEY PURCHASE IT UNTIL THE END OF MARCH )) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=of march]


The cost for the 3 month- is about 75 dollars, a year will run you about 250 dollars.
For someone who already belongs to the gym -- a personal training session might be the best gift.
That can cost from 15 to 30 dollars an hour.
But if your gift recipient would prefer to workout in the comfort of home -- a home gym might be the best option. At Fitness Concepts that would cost you between a thousand and 45-hundred dollars depending on the model.
Treadmills and stair masters are also popular.
And if those are too pricey -- consider dumbbells they're only 50 cents a pound.
(///// SOT /////)
[NAT SOT6:16]
[IN Q=Yeah, woo,woo]
((NAT SOT: YEAH, WOO, WOO))

[RUNS04]
[OUT Q=]


And for those who need a little motivation to lose weight -- a temporary membership to a weight loss center might be an option.
Weight Watchers offers a 10 week savings plan that will run you about 90 dollars.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT3:35]
[IN Q=January is definetly]

((JOANNA WHITE: JANUARY IS DEFINITELY OUR PEAK SEASON HERE AT WEIGHT WATCHERS AND IT WOULD CERTAINLY BE A GIFT TO GIVE, IS THE GIFT OF HEALTH. )) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=of health]


Other gift options are the cookbooks, food scales, and measuring cups. But White says one the best stocking stuffers is a pedometer which costs about 25 dollars.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT2:19]
[IN Q=The podemeter is an excellent choice]

((THE PEDOMETER IS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE NOT IT NOT ONLY SHOWS THE INDIVIDUAL HOW MANY MILES THEY WALKED BUT HOW MANY CALORIES THEY'RE BURNING IN THE COURSE OF THEIR EXERCISE)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=of their excercise]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT17:02:04]
[IN Q=Another possible gift idea]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTING: ANOTHER POSSIBLE GIFT IDEA IS A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR AN EYE EXAM OR FOR GLASSES, AT OPTOMETRIC EYE CLINIC YOU CAN GET AN EYE EXAM FOR ABOUT 59 DOLLARS)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=dollars]


Whatever you chose, helping someone to take the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle -- may not only help them live longer -- but feel better as well.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke.))

[S5-Venus]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-76 (2:06:13)]
[GRAPHIC=Ticker Logo]


Good afternoon, Its time for the Thursday 2 minute ticker.
[GRAPHIC=Tennis Logo]


One of the big stars in women's tennis is getting big money.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-]


Venus Williams, The number 3 tennis player in the world, signed what is believed to be the richest endorsement deal for any woman athlete.
Williams reportedly signed a deal worth 40 million dollars for five years with Reebok International.
Williams had a streak of 35 straight tournament victories during the year and won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open puls olympic gold medals in singles and Doubles.
(------------)



[S5-Defense]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-87]
[GRAPHIC=Oahu Bowl]


Virginia and Georgia are now just a couple of days away from their Christmas Eve game in the Oahu Bowl. Steve Mason takes a closer look at each team's respective defense.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]
[SUPER=04-2000 Georgia Season; :18]
[SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Football Coach; :24]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :36]
[SUPER=01-Donny Green/UVa Senior Linebacker; :51]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
(------------)


((The Cavaliers have faces some pretty tough defenses with some incredible athletes throughout the season. North Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers racked up four sacks against the Cavaliers in a 17-6 losing effort earlier this season.
Uva head coach George Welsh has a tremendous amount of respect for the athletes Georgia puts up front on their defensive line. ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:)) ((:))
Kickoff is set for just after eight o'clock this Sunday. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
[TALENT=Roy]
[GRAPHIC=Hold Logo]


Looking for a gift for the golfer who has everything more on that coming up at six and Jean will be back in a moment.

[5-Madonna]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


From Material Girl to Motherhood and marriage. Today Madonna's four month old son was christened. Tomorrow she will get married in the scottish highlands. Kimberly Dozier is there.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Dornoch, Scotland]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=Kimberly Dozier CBS NEWS]

((A christening...Highland-Hollywood style.
Madonna and her soon-to-be-husband Guy Ritchie ducked into the Highland village cathedral of Dornock, for the pre-wedding baptism of their young son Rocco.
Rock star Sting sang Ave Maria. Little more is known, and the woman officiating both christening and wedding, wasn't giving much away.

(Rev. Brown SOT)


OC After the christening, Madge and Guy, as the locals call them, are expected to throw a lavish version of 'Wetting the Head.' That's Scottish for raising a glass of Highland whiskey, or several, in honor of the newly baptized.
The wedding itself is expected to take place tomorrow evening, safely tucked behind the walls of Skibo Castle, shielded from the ranks of the prying press corps, by eight-thousand wooded acres, and a military-style security team.
As the final hours drew near, though -- the secluded retreat stymied not only reporters, but some of the guests trying to fly in. Donatella Versace, Madonna's father, even the wedding cake from London, were said to be circling winter-fogged skies, looking for a clear place to land. Kimberly Dozier....(signoffs)))

[5-Web-Day]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#Webday]
[GRAPHIC=Webday]


Finally today if you dreaming of a white Christmas, you'll want to check out our website of the day.
(-------------------)
[VO-NAT]


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued its predictions for the country. It used long term forecasts to predict we only have an 11 to 25 percent chance of having snow on the holiday.
(-------------------)

[Take Pinnacle Page]
If you would like to see the national Christmas forecast, or any of the long range weather information, you can find NOAH's website through a link to our page at WDBJ7-dot-com.
[Close-ID] [5pm] SUPER=x4035; fax/copyright [SUPER=x4034;email/copyright]