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[TALENT=Kimberly]

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Up next--
Neighbors aren't rolling out the red carpet for the Cherry Hill condominum project.
They want the top floors taken down...
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a Roanoke man is arrested for using counterfeit money at a local Walgreens store.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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News 7 at noon is straight ahead.


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Governor Gilmore takes to the skies...as reports fly that he's accepting a key position from President- Elect George W- Bush.
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[ANCHOR-Kimberly]
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Good afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.

[Gilmore-RNC]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Governor Jim Gilmore is on a plane to Texas at this hour.
There is no reason given as to why, but several G-O-P officials told us yesterday President-Elect Bush has asked Governor Jim Gilmore to head up the Republican National Committee.
Becoming R-N-C Chairman would permit Gilmore to play a major national role in the party while serving out the remainder of his term.


[Bush-Cabinet]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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His flight to Texas comes on a day when Bush is announcing more of his cabinet choices.
This morning, Bush named Missouri Senator John Ashcroft Attorney General.
You may remember Ashcroft lost his bid for re- election to Mel Carnahan, who died a month earlier in a plane crash.
Terisa Estacio has more on today's Cabinet appointment.
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[SUPER=03-Austin, TX; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Ashcroft/(R) Missouri; :24]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting; 1:01]
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((
(natz)

PRESIDENT-ELECT GEORGE W. BUSH INTRODUCED JOHN ASHCROFT A U.S. SENATOR FROM MISSOURI WHO LOST HIS SEAT IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION...AS HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL.

SOT: GEORGE W. BUSH



SOT: JOHN ASHCROFT.


THE THEME FROM BOTH MEN TODAY WAS BRINGING INTEGRITY TO GOVERNMENT.

SOT: ASHCROFT
(I will run office with integrity..integrity...integrity.)


THE PRESIDENT-ELECT HAS YET TO ANNOUNCE HIS PICKS FOR THE KEY POSTS OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND MANY EXPECT NEW JERSY GOVERNOR CHRISTIE WHITMAN TO BE HIS PICK FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.

(STANDUP...to come...Terisa Estacio Austin texas)

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[Cherry-Hill]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=00-53 08:26]
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A court battle is under way at this hour ... over a new condominium complex that's going up in South Roanoke.
Nearby homeowners want a judge to order the top stories torn down.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim & Jen/Microwave;]


Jen Miele is following the case at the Roanoke City Courthouse.
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((ROLLCUE:...what they're arguing about.))
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[OQ=rip down two levels of the building.]
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[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim & Jen/Microwave;]




[Nelson-Body]


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A man reported missing this week in Nelson County has been found dead.
The sheriff's office says the body of 25-year-old John Marshall Loving was discovered in some woods near Massies Mill yesterday.
Relatives filed a missing person report on Tuesday.
Authorities aren't sure how Loving died.

[Rockbridge-Shooting]


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A new report on a Rockbridge County manhunt confirms that escapee David Sensabaugh Junior killed himself. And Commonwealth's Attorney Gordon Saunders says the officers involved showed restraint in their handling of the situation.
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The manhunt December 8th ended with gunfire. The 19- year- old suspect had escaped from custody early that morning and driven off in a deputy's patrol car.
He had eluded authorities for several hours, but when deputies approached him on a Rockbridge County farm, he opened fire.
Sensabaugh was wounded in the hip by one of the officers, but authorities say Sensabaugh shot himself in the head with a handgun he had taken from the patrol car.
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Saunders says he believes the officers did everything they could to end the stand-off peacefully.[C'Burg-Standoff

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A standoff in Christiansburg last night came to a much more peaceable ending.
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Police say a 31 year old man walked into the Country Store yesterday evening 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.
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[SOT 17:32]
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((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.]
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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.
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[11Wythe-Shooting]


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[SUPER=03-Wythe Co./May 24;]


In Wythe County, a landlord who reportedly shot and killed a tenant last spring will apparently NOT face charges.

Prosecutors say 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.
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[counterfeit]


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A Roanoke man has been arrested for passing counterfeit money at a local Walgreens store.
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John Adam Hudson purchased a pack of cigarettes and paid with a one-hundred dollar bill. The clerk confirmed the money was counterfeit after Hudson left. Following his arrest, he admitted that he passed counterfeit bills at various other locations in the city. Food Lion and Wal-Mart are just a few of the other businesses being investigated for the bogus bills.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Hudson is 20 years old and currently being held in Roanoke County Jail.[Madonna]


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It's Hollywood's wedding of the year-- and it's not even happening in Tinseltown.
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[SUPER=03-Dornoch, Scotland;]


Pop star Madonna and film director Guy Ritchie are getting married today at Skibo Castle in the Scottish Highlands.
The castle was re-built a century ago as a holiday hideaway for steel baron Andrew Carnegie
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[IN Q=I think it's a wonderful]

((WILLIAM THOMPSON/CARNEGIE'S GREAT-GRANDSON: I THINK IT'S A WONDERFULS ETTING FOR HER WEDDING. IT'S SET ON THE EDGE OF THE SHORES OF THE DORNOCH FIRTH IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS. IT'S ALSO VERY PRIVATE AND SHE VALUES HER PRIVACY FOR HER WEDDING AND I THINK IT'S A PERFECT PLACE FOR THAT.))
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The wedding is expected to be very private.
Police and security guards are keeping out all unwanted visitors, including members of the media who have been camped out all week.
Even the castle staff reportedly had to sign confidentiality agreements.
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[Mideast-Peace]


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Things are not so blissful in the Middle East.
A Palestinian suicide bomber has killed himself inside a restaurant in Israel.
Three Israeli soldiers were injured-- one critically.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bethlehem;]


During this Holy Week, tensions continue mounting.
Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinians from crossing into Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, both Israeli and Palestinians are said to be weighing the peace accord President Clinton presented to them.
Israel's former Prime Minister is also weighing in on the isssue.
He says all the talk about peace is motivated by politics.
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[SOT 10:04:10 ]
[IN Q=But it is wrong]

((BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/FORMER ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER:BUT IT IS WRONG, MORALLY WRONG, ETHICALLY WRONG, MAYBE EVEN LEGALLY WRONG TO TRY TO NEGOTIATE THESE ISSUES BEFORE AN ELECTION IN ORDER TO TRY TO CHANGE THE ELECTION RESULTS. I THINK THAT'S JUST WRONG. ))
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[OUT Q=JUST WRONG.]
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[SUPER=03-Moscow, Russia;]


Netanyahu is on a private visit to Moscow.
Last night, he opened Hanukkah celebrations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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[11Transkrit]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Workers at a Roanoke company enter the holiday season knowing they'll be losing their jobs this winter.
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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.
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[11BWXT-Union]


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In Campbell County, the big job question is whether to form a union at B-W-X Technologies.
Some employees there are rallying AGAINST unionization.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./File Tape]


The 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.
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[Area-Code]


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Central and Southside Virginia .. get ready for your new area code.
It will be 4-3-4.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE MAP FULL]
Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville and the surrounding counties will start using it next June .. as the current 8-0-4 is split in two.
The eastern part of Bedford County will also use 4-3-4.
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The current 8-0-4 code will still work in those areas until January of 2002.

[11Montvale-Zoning]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Bedford County wants to build a new industrial park in the Montvale area .. but some people who live nearby don't like the idea.
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One likely 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.
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Mary Eubank lives across the street and says if the industrial park is built, it will ruin the scenery-- not to mention the neighborhood.
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Bedford County held a public hearing last night to hear what residents think.
The comments will be presented to the Bedford County planning commission when the property is reviewed for re-zoning.
Any decisions are probably two months away at the earliest.
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[Australia-Heat]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Even though our weather may resemble that of the North Pole, the other side of the world is feeling the heat.
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[SUPER=03-Sydney, Australia;]


TOO much heat, in fact.
But that hasn't stopped people from hitting the beaches.
As temperatures soar, much of the Australian state of New South Wales is under a fire ban.
But a cool change is in the forecast is expected this weekend...
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[S-Tech]


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The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech needed a second half rally to beat Old Dominion 69 to 57.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Norfolk, VA/HTS; :]


Tech coach Bonnie Henrickson 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.
[SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/69/ODU/57/;]


(teh-RAY) Tere Williams would put the Hokies up for good with the jumper and Tech beats O-D-U 69 to 57.
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[S-Hoops]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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At Northside last night, The Vikings had the task of taking on J-J (REH-dick) Redick and the Cave Spring Knights.


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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Knights vs Vikings; :]


The two team warming up for the opening tipoff.
Jason Saulter drives down the left side of the lane and scores the easy basket.
But the Knights answer --
Redick hits Tyler Lumsden, cutting in the back door and the game was tied at 2.
Northisde's David Short passes to Saulter. He knocks down the three, giving the Vikings a one point lead.
[SUPER=33-Cave Spring/67/Northside/53/;]


Ryan Hamilton passes to Redick and he takes it to the hoop and 2 of his 30 points. The Knights win it 67 to 53.
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[S-Defense]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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In a couple of days Virginia and Georgia will hook up in the Oahu Bowl. Steve Mason looks into the defensive highs and lows of the Hoos and the Bulldogs.
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((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.))

[S-Tennis]


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Tennis star Venus Williams has landed a huge deal with her sponsor Reebok.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :]


Yesterday in New York Williams, The number 3 ranked tennis player in the world signed a deal worth 40 million over five years with Reebok.
It's believed to be the richest endorsement deal for any woman athlete.
Williams had a streak of 35 straight tournament victories during the year and won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. She also won Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles.
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[Santa-Journey]


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Before we leave you this afternoon--
The big buy in the red suit is taking off on his annual journey around the world.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Savukoski, Finland;]


But this year, Santa's little helpers had a little trouble waking him up.
He'd taken a well- deserved nap after manufacturing and packing gifts for children and older folks who have also been nice this year.
Santa Claus finally left today, accompanied by his favorite reindeer.
A word of caution-- for those who have been naughty this year, Santa traditionally brings bundles of brushwood (------------) to be used for disciplinary purposes....