[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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


A peaceful end to a hostage situation in Christiansburg--
Authorities say a man held a gun to his head at the Country Store off Route 11 for nearly five hours.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And just days before Christmas, some employees at Transkrit learn they'll lose their jobs in February.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Get your Friday started with us-- News 7 Mornin' is next.


[C'Burg-Standoff]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-47 33:28]
[GRAPHIC=Standoff]


A standoff ended peacefully in Christiansburg last night.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg]

According to authorities a 31 year old man walked into the Country Store off Route 11 at 6pm and put a gun to his head.
It took officials from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and Christiansburg Police Department four and a half hours to negotiate with the man to put the gun down.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:32]
[IN Q=we provided]

((LT. DONALD CROMER: WE PROVIDED A NEGOTIATOR AND TALKED TO HIM FOR A WHILE AND WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE PERSONNEL CONTACT WITH HIM AND TAKE THE GUN AWAY FROM HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Donald Cromer/Christiansburg Police Dept.]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=away from him.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Police say the man was not a danger to anyone but himself. So far no charges have been filed against the man but police say they will get him counseling.
(------------)



[11Transkrit]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC57:23]
[GRAPHIC=Layoffs]


The holiday news isn't good for some employees of one Roanoke company... They learned they'll be laid off - come February.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Workers at Transkrit say the company announced it will lay off some employees on February 19-th.
Many employees said they were not surprised by the announcement... because the company has been "down grading" the equipment for some time.
The company would not comment on the lay-offs or say how many workers will be affected.
Transkrit makes business labels and mailing forms.
(------------)



[Bush]


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


As George W-Bush prepares to move from the Governor's Mansion to the White House, one key issue is facing his administration-- the economy.
Critics say Bush is talking down the economy to bolster his tax- cut plan.
Bush says he's just being realistic.
Terisa Estacio has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dick Cheney/(R) Vice President-Elect; :15]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=Estacio, CBS News, Austin, TX.]

((
(LOCATOR: AUSTIN, TX)


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....

poss nat sot:


HIS RUNNING-MATE WAS FACING TOUGH QUESTIONS IN WASHINGTON ABOUT THE SUSPECT ECONOMY.

SOT: DICK CHENEY/VICE PRESIDENT ELECT (10:58:45)

"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.

SOT: 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...

SOT: BUSH

"WE MUST BE PREPARED...."

(NATZ OF CHEERING)


EARLIER THE ATMOSPHERE WAS MUCH LIGHTER.... PRESIDENT ELECT BUSH THANKED TEXANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS.

SOT: GEORGE W. BUSH

"THERE'S ONLY ONE THING THAT WOULD CAUSE ME TO LEAVE EARLY"...(LAUGHTER)
STANDUP: 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 SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.

(standup...appointments)


))

[11Gilmore-RNC]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=500-13 1:12:37]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


Several G-O-P officials say Bush has asked Governor Jim 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]


Jim Nicholson is the current chairman. His first two year term for the national party began in 1997- He actually helped Gilmore run for governor.
(------------)



[Area-Code]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=434 Area Code]


Residents of Central and Southside Virginia will soon become very familiar with the numbers 4-3-4.
That's the new area code for the region... beginning next summer.
Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville and the surrounding counties will start using it next June.
The eastern part of Bedford County will also use 4-3-4.
[SS=804 Area Code]


The current 8-0-4 code will still work, until January of 2002.

[1-Sports]


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


In sports, the Lady Hokies took one on the road last night. Roy Stanley has highlights and more.
Good Morning Roy.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Morning]
[RUNS=2:07]
[OUT Q=later on Mornin'.]



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



[One-Steve]


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


[On Set]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
(I'll intro)
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=In the business]
[SUPER=01-Randy Green/AAA; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :25]
[RUNS=3:08]
[OUT Q=will help you.]


[Steve Live]

(Steve tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive: aaa travel info))

[11Wythe-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC28:08]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


A Wythe County landlord who reportedly shot and killed a tenant apparently will NOT face charges.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co./May 24;]


Prosecutor Roy Evans says it appears that 65-year-old landlord James Compton shot his 27-year-old tenant Darren Womack in self-defense.
Their ongoing battles turned violent last May, outside the home that Womack rented from Compton.
Compton said his tenant struck him in the head with a rock- so he shot him.
The special prosecutor says new physical evidence has confirmed the landlord's account of the shooting.
(------------)



[Brown]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Sclaes]


A Campbell County man who pleaded guilty to raping his elderly neighbor will spend twenty years in prison.
86-year-old Gladys Lancaster's testimony and D-N-A evidence linked 42-year-old Milton Eugene Brown to the February 4th attack on Lancaster.
Brown entered Lancaster's home after asking to use her phone and then attacked her.


[Health-Check]


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


A new study gives high marks to the weight-loss drug Meridia... and many family practice doctors get LOW marks when it comes to treating back problems.
Doctor Dave Hnida has those stories and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 3:18:02]
[IN Q=If you've]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=for CBS News.]

((IF YOU'VE EVER TRIED TO LOSE WEIGHT YOU KNOW THE REAL BATTLE ISN'T DROPPING THE POUNDS- BUT KEEPING THEM FROM CREEPING BACK ON. SO TODAY SOME GOOD NEWS FROM THE JOURNAL THE LANCET.

VT=VO

A STUDY FINDS PEOPLE WHO USED THE WEIGHT LOSS DRUG MERIDIA WERE NOT ONLY ABLE TO LOSE WEIGHT- BUT KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF FOR AS AT LEAST 2 YEARS. THE TRICK THOUGH- WAS STAYING ON THE MERIDIA FOR THOSE TWO YEARS- BUT RESEARCHERS FOUND NO LONG TERM SIDE EFFECTS FROM THE DRUG- INCLUDING HEART OR LUNG PROBLEMS- OVER THAT TIME.

VT=VO

WELL IF YOU HURT YOUR BACK AND GO TO THE DOCTOR- ODDS ARE YOU MAY NOT GET THE BEST ADVICE ON GETTING BETTER.A STUDY IN THE ARCHIVES OF FAMILY MEDICINE FINDS MOST FAMILY PRACTICE DOCTORS DON'T FOLLOW BASIC GUIDELINES FOR TREATING BACK PAIN. MOST DO NOT CHECK FOR A RUPTURED DISK- MOST DO NOT CHECK FOR FRACTURES- AND MOST DO NOT GIVE EXERCISES OR OTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET BETTER- THE ONLY GOOD NEWS FROM THE SURVEY IS MORE AND MORE DOCTORS ARE NOT RECOMMENDING BED REST FOR A SORE BACK- MOST TELL YOU TO KEEP MOVING.
ON CAM AND FINALLY TODAY- IF YOU SUFFER FROM MIGRAINES- YOU MAY WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM THE TOPSY TURVEY WORLD OF A ROLLER COASTER. A REPORT IN THE JOURNAL HEADACHE SAYS THAT 2 MINUTE RIDE CAN LEAD TO 2 MONTHS OR MORE OF MIGRAINE HEADACHES.. ALL THAT HEAD SNAPPING CAN MAKE YOUR BRAIN BOUNCE AROUND AND TRIGGER HEADACHES LONG AFTER THE RIDE IS OVER.THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))

(ad lib to weather)



[Menorah-Lighting]


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


Christmas is still three days away--
But the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah has already begun.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Sacramento, CA;]


A giant menorah was lit outside the California State Capitol yesterday, marking the first night of Hanukkah.
The Jewish community in Sacramento lit the Menorah on the steps of the capitol.
California's Governor Gray Davis was on hand for the lighting, along with other state legislators.
The celebration also included plenty of traditional Jewish food and music.
(------------)



[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]


Negotiators talk a man out of suicide at a Christiansburg store.
Authorities say the hostage situation ended peacefully after the man held a gun to his head for four-and-a-half hours.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Bedford county officials are pushing for a new industrial park to be built off Route 460.
Last night the county held a public hearing to hear what residents think of the idea.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the Jefferson Forest High School marching band will ring in the new year in London...
The band's been invited to take part in London's holiday parade.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Friday, December 22nd.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[2C'Burg-Standoff]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Standoff]


A standoff ended peacefully in Christiansburg last night.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg]

According to authorities a 31 year old man walked into the Country Store off Route 11 at 6pm and put a gun to his head.
It took officials from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and Christiansburg Police Department four and a half hours to negotiate with the man to put the gun down.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 17:32]
[IN Q=we provided]

((LT. DONALD CROMER: WE PROVIDED A NEGOTIATOR AND TALKED TO HIM FOR A WHILE AND WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE PERSONNEL CONTACT WITH HIM AND TAKE THE GUN AWAY FROM HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Donald Cromer/Christiansburg Police Dept.]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=away from him.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Police say the man was not a danger to anyone but himself. So far no charges have been filed against the man but police say they will get him counseling.
(------------)



[11Montvale-Zoning]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-50 TC36:06]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A new industrial park could go up off Route 460 - if Bedford County officials have anything to say about it.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montvale]


One possible site is a 240 acre farm next to B-P Amoco Storage and Distribution-
Pete Johnson and his wife have owned the land for 30 years and say they're too old to work the farm.
(///// SOT /////)

[2:54:28]
[SOT]
[IN Q=The profit just got]
[SUPER=01-Pete Johnson/Farm Owner]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=in most cases]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Mary Eubank lives across the street and says if the industrial park is built, it will ruin the scenery-- not to mention the neighborhood.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[3:08:10]
[IN Q=I wouldn't like it]
[SUPER=01-Mary Eubank/Neighbor]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=very quiet neighborhood]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Last night the county held a public hearing to hear what residents think.
The comments will be presented to the Bedford County planning commission when the property is reviewed for re-zoning.
It could be at least two months before any decisions are made.
(-------------)



[211Transkrit]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC57:23]
[GRAPHIC=Layoffs]


A Roanoke company has announced it will lay off some workers beginning in February.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Workers at Transkrit say the company announced it will lay off some employees on February 19-th.
Many employees said they were not surprised by the announcement... because the company has been "down grading" the equipment for some time.
The company would not comment on the lay-offs or say how many workers will be affected.
Transkrit makes business labels and mailing forms.
(------------)



[11BWXT-Union]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC47:38]
[GRAPHIC=BWX Tech.]


Some B-W-X Technologies employees are rallying AGAINST union plans - just days after organizers announced the union is close to forming at the Campbell County plant.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./File Tape]


United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers announced Sunday they had a majority of BWX-T's workers interested in forming a union.
But other employees told News7 yesterday they doubt a majority of workers have signed up, and they are organizing an anti- union effort.
Spokesman Jeff Jamerson says he and others are worried that union organizers are misleading employees about the benefits of unionizing.
Jamerson says having a union would prevent workers from approaching management about potential problems.
(------------)





[2Bush]


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


There are still a few more weeks to go before George W- Bush officially assumes the role of President.
But he's already encountering a tough issue.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX;]


Critics say Bush is warning of an economic slowdown in order to garner support for his big tax- cut plan.
The President- Elect says he's just being a realist.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:01:22]
[IN Q=One of my]

((ONE OF MY RESPONSIBILITIES IS TO ANTICIPATE PROBLEMS AND BE PREPARED TO ACT, SHOULD THEY OCCUR.))
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=should they occur.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The mood was more pleasant earlier, as Bush formally resigned as Governor of Texas and thanked citizens for their support over the past six years.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=Gilmore]


Meanwhile, G-O-P officials say Bush has asked Governor Jim Gilmore to be chairman of the National Republican Committee.
He has not yet made a formal announcement.

[11Car-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-42 TC2:02:24]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Governor Gilmore has harsh words for some Pulaski County officials - who have made the car tax there higher than ever... even as Gilmore's car tax cut continues to be implemented statewide.
Marya Jones reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Russell Musgrove]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski; :00]
[SUPER=07-Russell Musgrove; :12]
[SUPER=01-Maynard Sayers/Pulaski Co. Rev. Commisioner; :45]
[SUPER=@Gilmore; 1:09]
[SUPER=@Marya1; 1:19]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Blacksburg.]

(( Russell Musgrove was looking for a much-touted tax break this year when he opened his personal property bill.
Instead, he got an unwanted surprise.
Tax on his two cars and motorcycle went up 18 dollars.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:39:29 - :40]

((RUSSELL MUSGROVE: I HAVE THE SAME VEHICLES I DID LAST YEAR. WITH DEVALUATION OF THOSE AND WITH TAX RELIEF THIS YEAR, YOU'D THINK IT WOULD HAVE GONE DOWN.... DIDN'T HAPPEN. )) [RUNS:11]
Musgrove is one of nearly 27-thousand Pulaski County taxpayers making that discovery.
In July, the Board of Supervisors raised the property tax rate 25-percent... to two dollars' tax on every 100 dollars worth of property.
That has phones ringing at the Commissioner of Revenue's office.
He says raising the car tax is the right of all local governments and that this is the county's first property tax increase in 25 years.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:52:39 - :51]

((MAYNARD SAYERS/COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE: SEVERAL OF THE LOCALITIES I'VE SPOKEN TO HAVE INCREASED BECAUSE IT'S ONE OF THE FEW LOCAL RESOURCES FOR LOCAL REVENUE.)) [RUNS:12]
Board Chairman Joe Sheffey says the increase was the only option to fund school improvements and that it got little opposition in a public hearing in July.
Governor Gilmore is outraged at having his plans thwarted by the county.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:45:13 - :24]

((GOV. JAMES GILMORE: WE CAN'T CONTROL LOCALITIES. THEY GET TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, BUT IF I WERE THEM, I'D THROW OUT ALL THE SUPERVISORS THAT VOTED FOR AN INCREASE IN THE CAR TAX AFTER WE WORKED TO PHASE IT OUT.)) [RUNS:11])) ((MARYA JONES/NEWS7: OF COURSE, GILMORE KNEW THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS COULD RUIN HIS TAX BREAK. THAT'S WHAT STATE LEGISLATORS FEARED WHEN IT WAS PROPOSED IN 1998. BUT GILMORE SAYS ANYONE WHO MESSES WITH THE TAX BREAK SHOULD BE BOOTED OUT OF OFFICE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR POLITICAL PARTY. MJN7, BLACKSBURG.))

[11Vinton-Xmas]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-49 TC27:45]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas]


Some Christmas deliveries arrived a little early in Vinton - as Santa made his way to town last night.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]


Santa delivered food and toys to 54 Vinton families.
He got some help from the Vinton Needy Family Program, firefighters and police officers.
They dropped off more than 12-thousand dollars worth of goodies.
(------------)



[Three-Steve]


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


[On Desk]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
(I'll intro)
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=That's really]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-Randy Green/AAA; :35 (quick)]
[RUNS=2:31]
[OUT Q=strain on your battery.]


[Steve Live]
[2-shot -- STEVE / SHANNON]

[11Goode]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=bre]
[TAPE#=00-39 1:44:50]
[GRAPHIC=Virgil Goode]


"The Piedmont Foundation" is one step closer to opening the Dan River Institute.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


More than two-and-a- half million dollars of federal aid was awarded yesterday to help open the new graduate and research school.
It is a joint effort between Virginia Tech, Averett College and Danville Community College.
Congressman Virgil Goode led the funding efforts in Washington.
(///// SOT /////)
[21:22.00-21:34.17 SOT]
[IN Q=I THINK IT'S VERY]

((I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE A GROUP THAT'S BROAD BASED DIVERSE THAT REPRESENTS NOT ONLY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BUT ALSO THE BUSINESSES OF THE AREA))
[SUPER=@Goode]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=OF THE AREA]
(---------------)
[VO-NAT]


Goode got help pushing the bills through Congress from Senators John Warner and Chuck Robb.
(------------)



[11Forest-Band]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-38 TC1:46:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


More than 200 students and parents from Forest will celebrate the New Year in London...
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Forest]


The Jefferson Forest High School marching band has been invited to march in London's New Year's Day parade.
Band director David Webb took part in the parade a few years ago.. he says it's a lot different from playing in front of a Friday night football crowd.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:05:40]
[IN Q=I've done the]

((DAVID WEBB/JFHS BAND DIRECTOR: I'VE DONE THE PARADE ONCE BEFORE AND WHEN YOU TURN THE CORNER AT TRAFALGAR SQUARE TO GO DOWN TO PICADILLY AND THE PEOPLE ARE SHOULDER TO SHOULDER A THOUSAND DEEP, IT'S AN AMAZING THING TO SEE. I TOLD THEM TO KEEP THEIR MIND ON WHAT THEY'RE DOING BUT TO ENJOY IT.))
[SUPER=01-David Webb/JFHS Band Director]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=to enjoy it.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The parade attracts more than a million people each year.
Band members had to raise more than 16- hundred dollars each to pay for their trip.
(------------)



[Madonna]


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


It's Madonna's wedding day--
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dornoch, Scotland;]


But first, the pop icon and fiance Guy Ritchie attended the christening of their baby son, Rocco yesterday in Scotland.
Today's nuptials will take place behind the secure walls of (SKEE-boh) Skibo Castle, an ancient Viking stronghold.
It's also protected by eight- thousand wooded acres and a military- style secure team.
That will help insure the public and the press won't get to see any of the ceremony.
But there are reports that the happy couple will release one wedding picture to the media.
(------------)



[3-Sports]


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


In sports, when U-V-A hooks up with Georgia in the Oahu bowl, they will be facing a stiff Bulldog defense. Roy Stanley has more.
Good Morning again Roy.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning.]
[RUNS=2:01]
[OUT Q=holiday everybody.]



[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:
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

A standoff ended without injury last night after a man walked into the Country Store in Christiansburg and put a gun to his head.
Authorities from Montgomery County and Christiansburg negotiated with the man for about four and a half hours before getting the gun from him. So far no charges have been filed.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Workers at Transkrit in Roanoke say they've learned the company will lay off several employees on February 19th. Employees say they're not surprised by the announcement.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Virginia's Governor could soon become the Republican National Committee chairperson.
G-O-P officials say President Elect Bush has tapped Gilmore to head the Committee.
Gilmore says he WON'T comment until a formal announcement's been made.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(Shannon mic hot)
(///////////////)
(Shannon ad lib weather)
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Jean Jadhon with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
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[OUT Q=News 7 at 6.]
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[Double Boxes=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)
[Double Boxes=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
(ad lib bye)