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[TALENT=Keith]

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Coming up on NEWS 7 the first- hand account of a failed attempt at rescue in the middle of a fatal apartment fire.
More on the aftermath in Gretna, as well.
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And he's not the mayor any more, but David Bowers has fond memories of his eight years in office.

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In sports, high school holiday hoops action from today for you, a fight breaks out days before the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans between Miami and Florida,
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and no fights in Jacksonville between the Hokies and the Tigers, but Mike Stevens will have some news about Michael Vick's future.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
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Another shot of cold air this holiday weekend with snow flurries tossed in. The frosty details in weather tonight.



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((THIS IS WHAT I COME BACK TO.))
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Families return to their burned out apartments in Gretna today, salvaging what little they have left.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Good evening...

[Gretna-Fire]


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Investigators are still trying to determine what started a fire in Gretna Christmas night that cost one man his life and left 20 families homeless. Tina Tenret talked to the mother of two who tried to rescue the victim.
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(( The fire started next door to Moveeta Hairston's apartment. She heard her neighbor, Willie Reynolds, beating against his wall.
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[IN Q=When I went outside]

((MOVEETA HAIRSTON: WHEN I WENT OUTSIDE, I SAW SMOKE COMING FROM THE VICTIM'S DOOR. I TOLD MY FRIEND TO KICK THE DOOR OPEN AND WE DID. WE SAW A LOT OF SMOKE COMING FROM HIS APARTMENT. WE COULDN'T GO IN AND THINK HE HAD DIED INSIDE.)) [RUNS:14]
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Reynolds did die in the midnight fire, which left 20 families homeless. Hairston's apartment is a wreck, reeking of smoke, leaking with water. Top floor residents lost their ceilings -- and everything else.
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[RUNS:03] Electricians and contractors are buzzing around the place making it safe -- and the county building inspector says people in the less damaged apartments can move back in. But a dozen others are asking what will happen to their homes.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: I CALLED THE NUMBER ON THIS SIGN FOR THE PROPERTY ASSOCIATION -- BUT THE PRESIDENT REFUSED TO GIVE ME ANY INFORMATION OR TELL ME WHO OWNS THIS BUILDING. WHEN I ASKED HOW RESIDENTS ARE SUPPOSED TO FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR HOMES, SHE SAID AGAIN, NO COMMENT, AND HUNG UP.)) [RUNS:13]
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Meantime, Moveeta Hairston is grateful that she was awake at midnight and could save her two children.
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((MOVEETA HAIRSTON: THANK GOD FOR THAT. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR PROTECTION OVER ME SO I THANK GOD FOR THAT.)) [RUNS:10]
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Tina Tenret News7 Gretna.))

[Monty-Fire]


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A tenant in Montgomery County lost his home to a fire this morning.
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It started just after ten in a house on Tyler Road.
Firefighters got it under control before the building burned down.
But authorities say damage was so extensive that the house is a total loss.
The cause hasn't been determined.
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[Russell]


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A former security supervisor at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital was convicted today of burning his family's Botetourt County house down -- leaving his wife and two children homeless. Charles Russell removed his valuables before dousing the house with gasoline and throwing a match into a trashcan. Russell will be sentenced in March and faces five years to life in prison.

[Pyramid-Sche]


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More guilty pleas today in a Pittsylvania County pyramid scheme.
Earlier this week, a Danville grand jury indicted fourteen people for allegedly participating in a pyramid scheme.

Eleven of them pled guilty yesterday and today.
Three more defendants are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.
Authorities say participants invested 2-thousand dollars each.
They expected to get rich by persuading more people to get involved.
Participating in a pyramid scheme is a misdemeanor punishable by twelve months in jail and a 25-hundred dollar fine.

[Telemarketing-Bill]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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It's irritating at dinnertime.
But it's tough to prove.
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So Virginia lawmakers have failed to enact a state law aimed at pushy telemarketers.
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Attorney General Mark Earley is now stepping in with a bill he hopes will become law in the spring.
It would ban calls before eight A-M and after nine P-M.
It would require callers to identify themselves and ban "caller I-D" blocking.
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((MARK EARLEY/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU AS A CONSUMER TELL SOMEBODY I DON'T WANT TO BE CALLED AGAIN, IF THEY CALL YOU AGAIN, THEY CAN BE SUED AND THE PENALTY IS 500 DOLLARS. IF IT'S A WILLFUL CALL, IT'S 15-HUNDRED DOLLARS. THE INDIVIDUAL CAN BRING THIS SUIT IN THE GENERAL DISTRICT COURT. WE CAN BRING IT ON BEHALF OF CONSUMERS.))
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Telemarketers provide thousands of Virginia jobs.
But Earley says the bill's only aimed at bad actors in the industry.
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[Bowers]


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Former Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says he still loves his job... even though it's no longer his job to run the Star City.
Justin McLeod went to meet the man many still call "the mayor" ...to see what he's up to now and what he plans to do next.
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After more than a decade in city government, David Bowers saw the toughest campaign of his career in the year 2000.


He ran seeking a third term as Roanoke's mayor.
But after a long campaign, Bowers came up short in the vote totals.
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((DAVID BOWERS: I REALLY DIDN'T WANT IT TO END LIKE ANY GOOD BOOK YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET TO THE END OF IT. AND I DID. THEN I TOOK THAT BOOK AND I PUT IT UP ON THE SHELF. IT WAS ONE OF MY FONDEST MEMORIES.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= my fondest memories.]


Some of those fondest memories include the accomplishments Bowers achieved while in office for eight years.
Bowers believes his greatest accomplishment dealt with tourism.
During his tenure, there were improvements to city market, investment in the D-Day memorial as well as Explore park.


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((JUSTIN MCLEOD/REPORTING: WE ASKED DAVID BOWERS WHAT HE THOUGHT OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. SINCE RALPH SMITH HAS ONLY BEEN IN OFFICE FOR LESS THAN SIX MONTHS AND OUT OF RESPECT FOR THAT OFFICE, BOWERS DECLINED TO CRITICIZE OR EVEN COMMENT ON THE DIRECTION THE CITY IS HEADING.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= The city is heading.]


It's been an interesting year in Roanoke city government.
A new city manager, a water crisis, and a debate over the city council pension plan.
Then there's the issue of what to do with Victory Stadium.
If Bowers has any thoughts on any of these issues, he's keeping it to himself.
He would rather talk about the future, mainly his own future, one that may include another run for office.
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[IN Q= I'm only 48.]

((DAVID BOWERS: I'M ONLY 48. THERE'S A LOT TO MY LIFE HOPEFULLY LEFT TO GO INTO ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS. I HAVE NO PLANS BUT I DON'T RULE ANYTHING OUT.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= Rule anything out.]


Bowers immediate plans involve working full-time at his law practice.
He loves the job for many reasons...the pay is good and he still gets to do what he believes he does best....representing people.
The only difference...these days he does it from the courtroom rather than city hall.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Virginia's population is getting bigger.
Results of the 2000 census are next on News 7 at Six.
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And after 27 years on the job, the woman behind the counter at The Orange Dog is calling it quits.
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[Census]


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Virginia's population has gone up by some 900-thousand people in the last ten years.
But the results of the 2000 census won't give the commonwealth any additional seats in Congress.
The federal government says more than 7-million people are now living in Virginia, making it the 12th most populous state.
The Census Bureau will release population estimates for counties, cities and towns in March.

[Fad-diets]


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Hoping to drop a few pounds come the New Year -- and wondering what's the best way to do it?
Well, one dietitian says steer clear of fad diets that offer a quick fix.
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It's easy to be lured into trying the latest diet -- especially with so many of them on the market -- claiming they can help you lose weight fast and keep it off.
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((LEEANN KING/LEWIS GALE CLINIC DIETITIAN: WITH SOMETHING THAT IS DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN LIKE THE CABBAGE SOUP DIET OR THE ATKINS DIET ONCE YOU GO BACK TO YOUR OLD HABITS, YOU'RE GOING TO GAIN ALL THE WEIGHT THAT YOU LOSE AND SOMETIMES EVEN MORE))
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King adds some of the fad diets are not very healthy.
Take for example the Atkins diet.
King says this high protein -- strictly reduced carbohydrate diet in the long term is taxing on the kidneys.
She recommends eating from all the food groups while reducing calories and fat in-take.
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((ANY TIME YOU LIMIT CALORIES IN ANY WAY YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE WEIGHT))
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King also recommends working out with weights two to three times per week to increase your metabolism.
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[Montgomery-Ward]


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After more than 100 years in the business, Montgomery Ward is calling it quits.
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The retailer filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy in Delaware.
It plans to close 250 stores and layoff 37-thousand workers.
The company blames weak holiday sales.
Montgomery-Ward tried to reorganize in 1997.
Less than a week later, the company announced it would close its stores in Roanoke and Danville.
One Montgomery Ward store remains in Staunton.
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[Bank-layoffs]


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Restructuring at First Union will leave 40 people out of work.
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The bank is eliminating 40 jobs from its electronic commerce division in Charlotte.
The cuts will take affect in February.
First Union says most of the company's employees can apply for jobs elsewhere in the company.
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A twist of events for the e-commerce division.
Last summer the company said restructuring would double its budget.
Despite the cutbacks, First Union still considers the e-channels division a company growth engine.

[Stocks]


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Blue chip's have again led a holiday week rally on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 66-points.
NASDAQ rose 18.
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[Orange-Dog]


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Come Saturday, there will be something missing behind the counter at The Orange Dog in Towers Shopping Center.
After 27 years, Mae Brown will serve her last dog.
Kelli Thompson has the story.
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(( ****Nat Sound of Mae saying, onions , mustard and cheese? ******** Virginia Mae Brown, known to most as Mae, has been asking that question for almost thirty years, and she's always had a smile on her face and in her voice while doing it. She started working at the Orange Dog when it opened back in 1974. Brown says the business has had some pretty exciting times.
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((RUNNING OUT OF HOT DOGS, THAT HAS HAPPENED. AND HAVING TO HAVE MY HUSBAND RUN DOWNTOWN TO MEET THE TRUCK THAT HAPPENED DURING THE CHRISTMAS RUSH. I MEAN I WAS OUT, I HAD 4 LEFT ON THE GRILL. )) Customers have been the key to Mae's success at the Orange Dog. She is the chief operator at the counter and shares part of the business with friends. Brown gets into work by seven in time to make her homemade chicken salad and pimento cheese. Bill Kite found the restaurant with some associates one day in 1979, when Mae served him his first Orange Dog.

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(( BILL KITE/ CUSTOMER:IT'S LIKE SOME PLACE YOU ARE USED TO. WHEN YOU COME TO SEE A FRIEND YOU HAVE YOUR ORANGE DOG OR YOU EAT THE ORANGE DOG BECAUSE MAE IS YOUR FRIEND.)) Brown says she is looking forward to retirement so she and her husband can travel. Her biggest hope is that people continue to come to the Dog even though she won't be around to serve them. After twenty seven years at the Orange Dog, you might be surprised what her favorite color is.
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((FAVORITE COLOR? NOT ORANGE! MY FAVORITE COLOR IS BLUE.)) Kelli Thompson, News 7, Roanoke.))

[First-Night]


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The clock is ticking down to the year 2001 and the time you have to make New Year's plans is running out.
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If dancing, bands, comedians and fireworks all rolled up into one sounds good to you, First Night Roanoke is the place to be.
This is the tenth anniversary of the alcohol free festival in downtown Roanoke, and this year's celebration promises new surprises.
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Buttons are required for admission and are being sold all over Roanoke, including the W-D-B-J studios.
They can also be bought at the entrance.
First Night runs from six to midnight Sunday.
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Mike Stevens will join us from Jacksonville Florida for the latest on the Hokies and Michael Vick, Butch Davis and Steve Spurrier talk about a fight their teams got into last night in New Orleans,
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and many battles on the hard wood as high school holiday hoops action takes the valley by storm.
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[S-Gator]


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Virginia Tech's January first Gator Bowl preparations for Clemson were interrupted today by what some may call a re-occurring theme.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Steve & Mike/Microwave;]

Mike Stevens joins us from Jacksonville Florida with more on this story. Mike.
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((ROLLCUE:...MIKE AD LIBS INTO PACKAGE))
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[SUPER=01-Chad Beasley/Va. Tech Defensive Tackle; :]
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[MIKE AD LIBS AND TOSSES BACK TO STEVE]

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[S-Fight]


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Players from Miami and Florida scuffled on Bourbon Street in New Orleans on the first night both teams were in town for their Sugar Bowl date January second. No charges or reports were filed but two players involved were briefly detained by police.
The fight broke out about 11:30 Wednesday night. Neither coach has disciplined their players.
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[OUT Q=.....further incidents"]
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[S-Hoops]


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Roanoke Catholic beat Patrick Henry 71-50 today, all part of the Holiday high school basketball tournaments tipping off across the WDBJ coverage area.
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Over at the Salem Civic Center, The Member One Holiday Hoopla hit the floor as William Fleming and Osbourn battled it out just before the Catholic game.
The Colonels strike first and they go to their floor general Derrick Hankins to do it. He is gonna drive, then spin and then rip rope on the nice fade away jumper.
Fleming can also hurt you from three point land, watch Richard Barrett notice nobody's on [SUPER=33-William Fleming/46/

Osbourn/43;]him, so he just buries the trey from the corner.
The Eagles try and fight back as Justin Campbell takes the cross court pass and hits the J. Fleming wins the game 46-(------------) 43.