Today on News 7, Governor Jim Gilmore's new job could make some big demands on his time.
And the mystery surrounding the death of a Jewish hero is solved in Russia.
We expect our winds to die down tonight as the mercury steadily falls into the single digit range. Prepare to bundle up our turn your heat up.
Also today, a type of ham sold on the Roanoke City Market is recalled. We will have all the details,
and we'll see how how travellers are faring on what will be one of the busiest weekends in history.
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George W. choses Virginia's governor as the person to head up the Republican party.
George W. Bush made it official today- Jim Gilmore is his choice to head the Republican national Committee.
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((WELL I BRAGGED ABOUT HIM ONCE, I BETTER STOP BEFORE IT GOES TO HIS HEAD. GOVERNOR, THANKS FOR TAKING ON THE ASSIGNMENT. CONGRATULATIONS. YOU'LL DO A GREAT JOB))
[OUT Q=DO A GREAT JOB]
Governor Gilmore will succeed Jim Nicholson, who had helped the governor financially during his 1997-
Gilmore and Bush both say that they want to diversify the party.
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[IN Q=HE'S MADE IT CLEAR]
((HE'S MADE IT CLEAR THAT THIS IS THE GOAL HE WISHES FOR THE PARTY TO ACHEIVE. TO BRING MORE PEOPLE IN FROM THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY, THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY. ALL REGIONS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND MAKE THIS PARTY EVEN BROADER THAN IT IS NOW))
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Since the Republican National Commitee is waiving its requirement that Gilmore make the position a full time job, he can still serve his final year as governor of Virginia.
Aids admit that the new position will be making a big claim on his time.
Gilmore was just one of the people finding out he'll have a new title-
Before George W. takes a break for the holiday- he's been busy naming more names- to help him run the White House.
Terisa Estacio has more-
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[SUPER=01-Christie Whitman/(R) New Jersey;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Ashcroft/Attorney General Designate;]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/CBS News;]
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A NEW JOB INVOLVING THE GREAT OUTDOORS AWAITS NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR,
PRESIDENT-ELECT GEORGE W. BUSH HAS CHOSEN HER TO HEAD THE ENVIRONMENTAL
PROTECTION AGENCY, AND WILL MAKE IT A CABINET OFFICE.
PRESIDENT-ELECT GEORGE W. BUSH:
" ... believes solutions go beyond washington."
GOV. CHRISTIE WHITMAN:
WHITMAN'S E-P-A APPOINTMENT IS LIKELY TO EASE CONCERNS OF HARD-LINE
CONSERVATIVES -- WHO WERE WORRIED ABOUT SOME OF HER MORE LIBERAL VIEWS AFFECTING SOCIAL POLICIES.
EARLIER, BUSH NAMED DEFEATED SENATOR JOHN ASHCROFT AS THE NEXT US
ATTORNEY GENERAL. YOU MAY REMEMBER ASHCROFT RECENTLY LOST HIS MISSOURI
RE-ELECTION BID TO MEL CARNAHAN, THE GOVERNOR WHO DIED IN A PLANE CRASH.
ASHCROFT IS CONSIDERED TO BE BUSH'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL PICK SO FAR ...
BECAUSE OF HIS STRONG ANTI-ABORTION STANCE. WHILE ACCEPTING THE
NOMINATION, ASHCROFT KEPT EMPHASIZING ONE WORD -- INTEGRITY.
SEN. JOHN ASHCROFT/ATTORNEY GENERAL DESIGNATE:
"President-elect Bush, you have my word that i will administer the Department of justice with integrity, that I'll advise your administration with integrity, and I will enforce the law of the United
States with integrity.
BUT BUSH STILL HAS MANY POSTS LEFT TO FILL -- INCLUDING
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE....BUSH HEADS OFF FOR HOLIDAYS............))
A company that produces ham slices for a store on the Roanoke City Market is recalling the product.
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Harper's Country Hams Incorporated is pulling its 14 and 28 ounce packages of country ham slices.
No one has gotten ill from eating the ham, but it may be contaminated with listeria bacteria.
It was produced on December 11th and distributed in Virginia, Kentucky and Tennesee.
The recalled ham slices have a production date code of 0-3-4-6 on the package.
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It was sold under several labels including the brand for the Wertz's Country Store on Roanoke's city market.
Other brands include Hamtastic, Loveless and Harper's.
The manager of Wertz's Country store says the recalled ham slices have already been pulled from its shelves. She says anyone with the recalled ham may bring it back to the store for a refund.
Again, the recall only applies to the 14 and 28 ounce packages with the 0346 code.
Whole hams and all other packages are fine.
Listeria can be fatal in children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
The flights are booked and the cars are packed. Many travelers took to the road and air today to head home for the holidays. But, it hasn't been as busy as expected.
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Kelli Thompson joins us live from the Roanoke Regional Airport tonight with more.
Jean, We spoke to a lot of holiday travelers today and most of them were pretty satisfied with the conditions at the airport and on the road so far.
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[SUPER=01-Lucas Salvage/Traveler; :35]
[SUPER=01-Amanda Snapp/Roanoke; :450]
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((Some good news for holiday travelers this year. Traffic has been flowing well all day in the air and on the ground here in the Roanoke area.
Some passengers flying into Roanoke said problems have been minimal.
((ZACH GRAYBILL/TRAVELER:IT WASN'T TOO BAD. A COUPLE OF LAYOVERS HERE AND THERE BUT OVERALL IT'S BEEN PRETTY SMOOTH AND NO REAL PROBLEMS.))
Most concerns have been centered around Atlanta and Philadelphia, one expecting a lot of people, the other anticipating some snowy conditions.
Lucas Salvage's flight into Philadelphia from Roanoke was delayed and he may not make it home in time for a family gathering.
((LUCAS SALVAGE/TRAVELER: A LITTLE AGGRAVATED, BUT I GUESS IT'S THAT TYPE OF FLYING AT THE HOLIDAYS THAT YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH AND PUT UP WITH.))
But, travel officials are not anticipating too many problems this season. They say just pack your patience and be prepared to stand in long lines at the airport.
((AMANDA SNAPP/ROANOKE:JUST PLAN AHEAD AND GET HERE A LITTLE EARLY AND EVERYTHING WILL BE ALIGHT.))
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We spoke with people traveling by car today too and they say the roads have been looking good so far. They do suggest keeping a full tank of gas and throw an extra blanket in the car for the ride.
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We will talk to some more travelers who hit the road this weekend tonight on News 7 at 6. Jean..
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A judge says construction can continue on a controversial project. We'll have the latest on Roanoke's Cherry Hill Condiminiums after this break,
and after fifty years of silence, Russia reveals what happened to a man who helped thousands of Jews escape from Nazi Germany.
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We now know what happened to Raoul Wallenburg- the man who helped tens of thousands of Jews escape Nazi occupied hungry.
Russia has lifted a half-century-old veil of secrecy in the case saying Wallenburg had been imprisoned for political reasons, and was held until his death.
The Russian prosecutor-general's office says Wallenberg and his driver ``were arrested and imprisoned without grounds as ``socially dangerous'' individuals- despite diplomatic immunity.
However, the circumstances of their death remain unclear- with the statement saying it hasn't been possible to clear up exactly how they died.
A Roanoke man has been arrested for allegedly passing counterfeit money at a local Walgreens store.
John Adam Hudson bought a pack of cigarettes at the Williamson Road Store- and paid with a one-hundred dollar bill. The clerk didn't realize the money was counterfeit until after Hudson left.
Mangers did call other Walgreens stores to alert workers there- That apparently worked.
Police say Hudson tried to use a bogus bill at another Walgereens. Store employees were able to stall him until police arrived.
Hudson admitted he passed counterfeit bills at several other locations.
Police are now looking to see if any of the bills were used at Food Lion and Wal-Mart.
The fate of a local condominium project is still uncertain.
A Roanoke judge ruled today that developers could continue construction while the battle over Cherry Hill continues.
Some five hundred residents of South Roanoke say phase two of the Cherry Hill Condominium building is too high.
They want developers Jim Body and Winter Hodges to tear down the top two floors.
Residents today were denied an injunction that would have stopped construction for 45 days.
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((BILL TERRY/DEVELOPER'S ATTORNEY: WE'RE PLEASED WITH THE RESULT. WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE CONSTRUCTION WE HAVE A COMPLETION DATE AND WE EXPECT TO MAKE IT.))
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[OUT Q=to make it.]
The case is expected to go to trial in early March.
Some employees at BWX Technologies in Campbell County say forming a union is "not" the answer to any problems the workforce might have.
The United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers has been trying to organize a union at the plant on Mount Athos Road.
The effort comes after BWXT retirees have protested large cuts in their health insurance benefits.
Anti- union workers say they sympathize with the retirees, but they feel forming a union is not the answer.
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((RAY STAFFORD/BWXT EMPLOYEE: THEY MAY HAVE GOTTEN A BAD DEAL AND I WANT TO SEE THE COMPANY MAKE EVERYTHING RIGHT WITH THEM.. IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE OUT HERE JUST FOR OURSELF. I DON'T THINK A UNION CAN PROVIDE THIS FOR 'EM.))
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[OUT Q=provide this for 'em.]
Efforts to contact an union spokesman were unsuccessful.
Coming up next, Jacey Birch will have the cold forecast,
but first, we'll check out the pageantry as Madonna and Guy Ritchie get married in Scotland.
In what's been described as a big Hollywood Highland fling, Madonna has become a married woman.
Kimberly Dozier has more from Scotland.
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[SUPER=01-Suzie Cormack/Fashion Journalist;]
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WE THINK THE WEDDING STARTED LATE THIS AFTERNOON. THE ONLY CLUE -- THE
LAST MINUTE ARRIVALS OF DONOTELLA VERSACE AND STING'S WIFE, TRUDY
STYLER. STING WAS AMONG THE GUESTS THE NIGHT BEFORE AT THE CHRISTENING
OF MADONNA AND GUY RICHIE'S SON, ROCCO. ONE LOCAL SAID YOU WOULD HAVE
THOUGHT THE QUEEN HAD COME TO TOWN.
BRIDGE: KIMBERLY DOZIER ON CAMERA;
MADONNA IS -- AFTER ALL -- STAYING AT A CASTLE. THIS IS WHERE THE
WEDDING AND THE RECEPTION ARE FESTIVITIES ARE TAKING PLACE.
THE LOCALS ARE KEEPING MUM ABOUT THE DETAILS. THIS IS THE FLOWER SHOP WE
THINK IS PROVIDING THE HIGHLAND GREENERY, BUT NO ONE IS SAYING.
THE BRIDE IS KEEPING PEOPLE GUESSING ABOUT THE DRESS TOO.
SOT...SUZIE CORMACK/fashion journalist
WE DO KNOW THE GROOM WILL BE WEARING A VERY FETCHING KILT, IN HONOR OF
HIS WAR-HERO GRANDFATHER ... WHO SERVED AND DIED IN SERVICE TO THE
SCOTTISH SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS. THE LOCALS SAY GUY RICHIE BETTER WEAR THE
KILT THE PROPER WAY -- NOTHING UNDERNEATH -- OR THEY'LL RUN HIM OUT OF
INSIDERS SAY A MEDIEVAL-STYLE RECEPTION FOLLOWS THE CEREMONY -- WITH
BAGPIPES AND SCOTTISH DANCING.
...KIMBERLY DOZIER..CBS NEWS....))
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Coming up following Sports, we'll tell you how you can track Santa Claus on the internet,
but first on Health Check, we'll examine how families can reduce the stress of their holiday visits.
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They're coming to your house soon. Or perhaps you're going to their's. Either way, the holidays mean extra visits with the family. While many people look forward to it, these visits can also be very stressful. Psychologist Dr. Steve Brody has some advice.
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(Grandmas and grandpas. Uncles and aunts. Americas on the
move this holiday season. Whats this couples secret?
SOT: Let everybody go about their own business. Thats important,
becaue you dont want to go in and disrupt their routine.
TRACK 2: Good advice. And one way to insure that, as you prepare for
those family visits, is to plan ahead. Talk it over with your spouse or
children in advance. Also, be realistic with your expectations.
SUPER: DR. STEVE BRODY/PSYCHOLOGIST
STAND-UP: Thats especially important during the holidays. I dont
know about your place, but my house isnt exactly chestnuts roasting
over an open fire. Family can be stressful. So be realistic with your
expectations so you dont set yourself up for disappointment.
TRACK 3: But do spend quality one-on-one time with family members you
especially enjoy. However, arrive late and leave early if you feel
uncomfortable. Its also OK not to visit, according to many family
SUPER: DR. DIANA CASE/PSYCHOTHERAPIST
SOT: Its OK not to visit family or have family visit you at your home
if its too stressful, if its not safe physically or emotionally, if
theres too much alcohol, or if people arent willing to honor
reasonable limits or requests.
TRACK 4: And if youve got kids?
SOT: I think what helps is you just let it go for a couple of days and
let everybody run free and have a good time and tear loose. Its always
worked for us.
TRACK 5: Jakes favorite part of the holidays?
SOT: I like to hold my moms hand.
TRACK 6: Now THATS holiday spirit. Dr. Steve Brody for CBS News. (TRT
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Friday two minute ticker.
Last weekend, The New York Giants beat Dallas to Clinch the N-F-C East and a spot in the N-F-L playoffs.
New York has one more game remaining in the regular season this Saturday against Jacksonville. It's big as the Giants home to grab home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
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You can catch the Giants/Jaguars game tomorrow on Your Hometown station beginning at 12-thirty right after the N-F-L today.
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Then on Sunday tune into your hometown station at one oclock for the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens game.
The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech are taking a needed holiday break before returning to the hardwood a couple of days after Christmas.
Tech celebrated last night in Norfolk with a 69 to 57 win over Old Dominion.
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Tech coach Bonnie Hennrickson working the sideline.
Tech's Crystal Stallings hits the jumper for two of her 17 points and the lady Hokies led 23 to 19.
After a 24 to 24 tie at the half O-D-U's Alli Spence hits the three pointer but the Lady Monarch's trailed 49 to 41.
Tech then worked the inside as Nicole Jones takes it in for the deuce to make it 54 to 45 Hokies.
Tere Williams would put the Hokies up for good with the jumper and Tech beats O-D-U 69 to 57.
The Lady Hokies are now 7 and 3 and they return to action December 28-th in the Lady Luck Classic against UNC-Asheville.
Expect a change when the men's basketball rankings are released next week we'll explain why coming up at six. Jean will be back in a moment.
For many families, fruitcake brings fond memories of Christmases past. For Janet Griesenbeck (GREE-zen-beck) it also brings thoughts of her mother's faith, good fortune, and hard work.
This week, Griesenbeck and her close friend Cindy Brickey were in the kitchen, preparing the recipe that Griesenbeck's mother found on a Roanoke city bus in 1947.
Recently widowed with two young girls, Amanda Bonham didn't know how she would make ends meet at Christmas. The fruitcake recipe was the answer to her prayer... and the start of a seasonal sideline that kept her busy for years.
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((JANET GRIESENBECK: SHE BAKED ABOUT 1500 POUNDS A YEAR DURING THAT TIME AND SHE HAD PEOPLE CALL HER EACH YEAR STARTING IN SEPTEMBER.))
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Bonham passed away in 1979, and Griesenbeck doesn't have the time to produce fruitcakes in large quantities.
But she has passed the recipe on to Brickey, her trusted friend, who baked about 30 this year... and gave away most of them as gifts.
Finally this week, our website of the day is for the young or the young at heart.
For the 44th year, NORAD will be tracking Santa's flight around the world and this year you can following along on your home computer.
NORAD is the joint air defense command for Canada and the United States.
The tradition began in the '50's when a department store misprinted a telephone number for children to call Santa.
The calls ended up going to the Air Defense Command, where the director used radar to track the jolly old elf.
In addition to keeping up to date with the sleigh and eight tiny reindeer, Norad scientists have answered such mysteries as how Santa gets down the chimney and how he gets the toys delivered so fast.
There's even a counter to keep track of how many cookies he's eaten.
You will to need to download a small free progam to track Santa's flight and NORAD recommends you do it early to avoid the rush.
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