[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


It's the largest fire in Martinsville this year--
The fire chief's son rescues an elderly man from a burning building.
Details, coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And nearly two dozen families remain homeless in Gretna after a Christmas night fire.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Start your Friday with us-- News 7 Mornin is next.

[M'Ville-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC 52:49]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]



The son of Martinsville's fire chief rescued an elderly man from a burning building last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville]


Joe Brock was driving by Denton Music Company on Memorial Boulevard around 10:30. He saw smoke coming from the roof and called 911. Brock then noticed a man beating on the glass asking for help from an upstairs apartment located in the building.
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[SOT 10:38]
[IN Q=I went over]
[SUPER=01-Joe Brock/Fire Chief's Son]

((JOE BROCK/ I WENT OVER AND KICKED THE DOOR.I WENT OVER THERE THE FIRST TIME AND THE SMOKE GOT TO ME.THEN I WENT OVER THE SECOND TIME AND COULDN'T MAKE IT. I WENT BACK TO MY TRUCK AND GOT A FLASHLIGHT. WENT OVER THERE AND CRAWLED ON MY HANDS AN KNEES AND GOT OVER THERE TO HIM AND HE TOLD ME COULDN'T WALK..SO I DRAGGED HIM OUT.))
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[OUT Q=DRAGGED HIM OUT]
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[VO-NAT]

The victims identity is not known. He was taken to Martinsville Memorial Hospital. Fire officials say he appears to be doing well. They also say a small child who was a bystander with some adults was overcome by smoke. She was also taken to the hospital.
Nearly 60 firefighters battled the blaze. Fire officials say the flames do not appear to have spread to surrounding buildings. The cause has not been yet been determined. Fire officials say this is the largest fire Martinsville has seen this year.
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[11Gretna-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-40 TC2:02:56]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Aftermath]

A fire on Christmas night claimed one life and left more than 20 families in Gretna homeless. But the apartment managers won't say whether they plan to rebuild.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Gretna;]

Troy and Jackie Clark lost everything. They can't even find their keys in the burned rubble.
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[SOT 1:13:27]
[IN Q=This room right here]

((TROY CLARK; THIS ROOM RIGHT HERE THIS WAS WHERE WE WERE SLEEPING. A NEIGHBOR WOKE US UP AND ABOUT 15 MINUTES LATER, IT WENT UP IN FLAMES.))
[SUPER=02-Troy Clark;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=went up in flames]
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[VO-NAT]

Investigators still don't know what caused the fire. Electricians have checked the wiring, and people in the less damaged units can now move back in. But when News 7 asked the apartment association what would happen to the other dozen units, the president refused to answer. So the Clarks wonder what to tell their two boys.
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[SOT 1:16:54]
[IN Q=I'm thinking]

((I'M THINKING I'LL JUST TELL THEM WE LOST EVERYTHING. I'M JUST GOING TO TELL THEM THE TRUTH BUT I'M GOING TO ASSURE THEM EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY.))
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[OUT Q=WILL BE OKAY]
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[VO-NAT]

The Gretna Fire Department is taking donations to help residents of the West Briar apartments.
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[Philly-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


Police in Philadelphia say four people wearing masks broke into a house.
They began opening fire last night, killing seven people.
Dawn Stensland has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Troy Kelly/15 Year-Old; :21]
[SUPER=01-Ashley Richardson/12 Year-Old; :47]
[SUPER=01-Dawn Stensland/Reporting; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=Stensland, CBS News, Philadelphia.]




[11Bank-layoffs]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC1:00:30]
[GRAPHIC=First Union]


First Union has announced layoffs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte/File Tape]


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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[11First-Night]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-53 TC17:21]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke is preparing for its New Year's Eve celebration.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1996]


If dancing, bands, comedians and fireworks all rolled up into one sounds good to you, First Night Roanoke may be 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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[SOT]
[IN Q=We also have ]
[SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/First Night Organizer]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=kinds of live bands.]
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[VO-NAT]


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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[Bush-Cabinet]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]


Fresh from a Florida vacation, President- Elect George W- Bush is in Washington, naming NAMES.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Yesterday, Bush announced his pick for Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.
Rumsfeld's held the position before...he was Defense Secretary in the late 70s under President Ford.
All told, he's served in four Republican administrations, dating back to Richard Nixon.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Meanwhile, Bush has reportedly chosen former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton as Interior Secretary.
The "Denver Rocky Mountain News" says Bush is expected to make the announcement today.

[11Census]


[ANCHOR=]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=VA Census]


Over the last ten years, Virginia's population has grown by some 900-thousand people.
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.

[Health-Check]


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


In other medical news, the cell phone industry is facing a series of lawsuits from a group of brain tumor patients.

Melissa McDermott has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:19]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information:
ONCAM=MELISSA

((on cam)) SEVERAL RECENT STUDIES HAVE DEEMED THEM SAFE, BUT THAT HASN'T STOPPED A A GROUP OF BRAIN TUMOR PATIENTS FROM FILING A SERIES OF SUITS AGAINST THE CELL PHONE INDUSTRY.

VT=VO

((vo)) LAWYERS FOR THE PLAINTIFFS WILL ARGUE THAT RADIATION FROM CELL PHONE HANDSETS CAUSE TUMORS.
VERIZON, THE LARGEST U-S CELL PHONE OPERATOR WILL BE NAMED IN NEARLY ALL THE ACTIONS.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, A MARYLAND NEUROLOGIST FILED AN 8 HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR SUIT AGAINST HANDSET MAKER MOTOROLA.

VT=VO

((vo)) THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION HAS APPROVED THE USE OF A NEW DRUG TO TREAT BLOOD CLOTS.
IT'S CALLED LOVENOX AND CAN BE GIVEN TO PATEINTS UNDERGOING SURGERY.... AS WELL AS PEOPLE WHOSE MOBILITY IS SEVERELY RESTRICTED BY DISEASES INCLUDING HEART FAILURE.
DOCTORS BELIEVE THE DRUG WILL IMPROVE PATIENT CARE AND CUT DOWN MEDICAL COSTS BY PREVENTING FURTHER ILLNESSES.

ONCAM=MELISSA

((on cam)) AND COMING SOON TO A PHARAMACY NEAR YOU..TODAY'S SPONGE.
THE FEMALE CONTRACEPTIVE.... MADE FAMOUS BY THE ELAINE CHARACTER ON T-V'S "SEINFELD" SHOW WAS PULLED FROM THE MARKET IN 19-95.
THE PRODUCT WAS NEVER FOUND TO BE UNSAFE.... BUT RATHER THAN INSTITUTE GOVERNMENT MANDATED CHANGES AT IT'S PLANT.... THE FORMER MANUFACTURER DECIDED TO CEASE PRODUCTION.
A NEW COMPANY HAS SINCE BOUGHT RIGHTS TO THE SPONGE AND THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION WILL INSPECT THEIR FACILITIES WITHIN THE NEXT 60 DAYS.
AND THAT'S A LOOK AT THE DAY IN HEALTH. I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=KMC/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Nearly 60 firefighters battle a blaze in Martinsville.
An elderly man was rescued from a burning building last night by the son of the city's fire chief.
We'll have more on the story, coming up.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


In Philadelphia, police are on the lookout for the suspects in the city's worst mass murder in recent memory.
Seven people were shot and killed last night at what a neighbor describes as "an average drug house".
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And after nearly 30 years of serving hot dogs, Mae Brown is saying goodbye to a Roanoke landmark.
Brown retires from the Orange Dog at Towers Mall this weekend.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Friday, December 29th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[2-M'Ville-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC 52:49]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]



An elderly man was rescued from a burning building last night by the son of Martinsville's fire chief.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville]


Joe Brock was driving by Denton Music Company on Memorial Boulevard around 10:30. He saw smoke coming from the roof and called 911. Brock then noticed a man beating on the glass asking for help from an upstairs apartment located in the building.
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[SOT 10:38]
[IN Q=I went over]
[SUPER=01-Joe Brock/Fire Chief's Son]

((JOE BROCK/ I WENT OVER AND KICKED THE DOOR.I WENT OVER THERE THE FIRST TIME AND THE SMOKE GOT TO ME.THEN I WENT OVER THE SECOND TIME AND COULDN'T MAKE IT. I WENT BACK TO MY TRUCK AND GOT A FLASHLIGHT. WENT OVER THERE AND CRAWLED ON MY HANDS AN KNEES AND GOT OVER THERE TO HIM AND HE TOLD ME COULDN'T WALK..SO I DRAGGED HIM OUT.))
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=DRAGGED HIM OUT]
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[VO-NAT]

The victims identity is not known. He was taken to Martinsville Memorial Hospital. Fire officials say he appears to be doing well. They also say a small child who was a bystander with some adults was overcome by smoke. She was also taken to the hospital.
Nearly 60 firefighters battled the blaze. Fire officials say the flames do not appear to have spread to surrounding buildings. The cause has not been yet been determined. Fire officials say this is the largest fire Martinsville has seen this year.
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[2-Philly-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


In Philadelphia, authorities are searching for suspects in the city's worst mass killing in recent memory.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA;]


Seven people were fatally shot last night at what a neighbor describes as "an average drug house".
Three other people are hospitalized with bullet wounds.
Survivors say four masked gunmen broke into the home, opened fire, and fired the fatal shots.
This teenager heard the gunshots, but wasn't shocked by the sounds.
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[SOT 3:01:08]
[IN Q=Might as well say, used to hearing it]

((TROY KELLY/15-YEAR-OLD: ))
[SUPER=01-Troy Kelly/15 Year-Old;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=on one block.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police say two of the vicitms had been selling drugs.
A small amount of crack cocaine was found inside the house.
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[11Telemarketing-Bill]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-04 TC01:31]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A federal law already makes it illegal for telemarketers to call after you've asked to be put on their "do not call" list.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


But now, Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley wants to make it easier to fight pushy telemarketers.
Telemarketing bills have died in recent General Assembly sessions.
But Earley's suggested bill would allow prosecution of pushy callers in state courts.
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[SOT 16:33:27]
[IN Q=You just]

((MARK EARLEY/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: YOU JUST NEED TO KEEP A LOG. AND ONE OF THE REASONS WE'RE REQUIRING TELEMARKETERS NOW TO GIVE THEIR FIRST AND LAST NAMES AND THE COMPANY THEY'RE CALLING FROM, AND NOT BLOCKING THEIR I-D NUMBER IS SO THAT EVERY CALLER WILL NOW HAVE TO GIVE INFORMATION, AND EVERY PERSON IN THEIR HOME WILL BE ABLE TO GET THAT INFORMATION DOWN. AND ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS MAKE A RECORD OF THE FACT YOU TOLD SOMEONE NOT TO CALL. IF THEY CALL AGAIN, THAT PERSON CAN LET OUR OFFICE KNOW AND WE CAN TAKE ACTION.))
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[OUT Q=take action.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=none]


Earley says the bill's NOT an attack on an industry that provides thousands of jobs in the Commonwealth.
He says telemarketers don't want to call homes that don't want to be called.


[11Interfaith]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-38 TC1:56:49]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Homeless families in the Roanoke Valley have more than shelters to turn to when they need a place to stay.
The Interfaith Hospitality Network is helping families get back on their feet for good.
Kate Weidaw tells us it's the first of its kind in Virginia.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Daren Gunter/Network Director;:19]
[SUPER=01-Kristin Data/Volunteer;:45]
[SUPER=01-William Bragg/Network Guest;1:34]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:43]
[RUNS=1:48]
[OUT Q=kw news7 Roanoke County]

((For the past two weeks William Bragg and his wife have relied on the Interfaith Hospitality Network for food and a place to stay. The they're hoping to get back on their feet again through this program. Daren Gunter runs the network.

[SOT 11:42:17]
[INQ=]

((DAREN GUNTER/NETWORK DIRECTOR: WE PLACE FAMILIES FOR A WEEK AT A TIME IN CONGREGATIONS FAMILIES STAY IN PRIVATE ROOMS UP TO 60 DAYS WHILE THEY WORK AND SAVE MONEY AND TO PREPARE SECURITY DEPOSITS, UTILITY DEPOSITS, AND MOVE INTO A HOME OF THEIR OWN.))
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[RUNS= 13]


25 Christian, Jewish, and Unitarian congregations in the Roanoke Valley take part in the network and provide rooms inside their facilities. Volunteers like Kristin Data help keep the overhead down. They not only prepare the meals but provide the food as well.

[SOT 12:06:42]
[INQ=]

((KRISTIN DATA: MY SPONSOR BROUGHT IN THE SALAD AND SOME OTHER PEOPLE BROUGHT IN THE TACOS AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT PUT IT ALL TOGETHER.))
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Two volunteers also have their own room to stay in overnight with the guests. During the day the network provides transportation to work and helps out with day care. But the goal is to make families independent in 60 days or less.

[SOT 11:45:05]
[INQ=]

((DAREN GUNTER/NETWORK DIRECTOR: QUITE OFTEN FOLKS COME TO US WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING IN HOTELS OR MOTELS AND THEY'RE PAYING AS MUCH AS 8 OR 900 DOLLARS A MONTH FOR RENT AND WE FOUND IF THEY CAN SAVE THAT THEY WILL HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO MOVE INTO AN APARTMENT.))
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As for Bragg and his wife, they hope to be back on their feet soon.

[SOT 11:53:42]
[INQ=]

((WILLIAM BRAGG: AFTER WE GET A COUPLE OF GOOD PAY CHECKS WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET OUT. KATE: SO IT WORKS? WILLIAM: YEAH IT WORKS ITS A GOOD PROGRAM.))
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[RUNS= 5]


And not many would disagree since the network sees 80 percent of its guests achieve full time employment. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke County.))

[McVeigh]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=McVeigh]


A federal judge in Denver as granted a request from convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh to set a date for his execution.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Denver, CO;]


In court yesterday, McVeigh asked that all of his future legal appeals be waived.
As far as prosecutors are concerned, the case is nearly over.
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[SOT 3:07:00]
[IN Q=Remember]
[SUPER=01-Sean Connelly/Federal Prosecutor;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=step of the way.]
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[VO-NAT]


The judge gave McVeigh until January 11th to change his mind.
McVeigh's reason for waving his appeal may not actually be a death wish.
He may just be trying to get executive clemency.
For that, an execution date must be set.
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[SOT 3:07:55]
[IN Q=I would rather]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Hartman/McVeigh's Attorney;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=of my client.]
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[VO-NAT]


If the death penalty IS carried out, it would be the first federal execution in nearly 40 years.
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[11Bowers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=00-41 TC1:35:15]
[GRAPHIC=Bowers]


Former Roanoke mayor David Bowers has been out of office for nearly six months now.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Since then, Bowers has been working full-time at his law firm in downtown Roanoke.
He has fond memories of his eight years as mayor and is already hinting at a comeback.
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[SOT 16:57:21]
[IN Q=I'm only 48.]

((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.))
[SUPER=01-David Bowers/Former Roanoke Mayor]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=Rule anything out]
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[VO-NAT]


Bowers believes his greatest accomplishment during his tenure was the development of tourism in Roanoke.
He cites the improvements to city market as well as investments in the D-Day memorial and Explore Park.
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[11Orange-Dog]


[ANCHOR=]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kth]
[TAPE#=00-44 TC1:07:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]


She's got twenty-seven years behind the counter, and now she's saying goodbye.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Mae Brown will serve her last hot dog at the Orange Dog this weekend.
She says, more than anything, she'll miss seeing all of her customers.
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[SOT:2:07:27-2:07:36]
[IN Q=I ENJOY MY CUSTOMERS]

((MAE BROWN; I ENJOY MY CUSTOMERS. I ENJOY TALKING WITH THEM. I'VE MET LOT'S OF INTERESTING PEOPLE THROUGH THIS BUSINESS.))
[SUPER=07-Mae Brown]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=THROUGH THIS BUSINESS]
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[VO-NAT]


Brown shares the business with friends and has been taking care of the operations at the counter since it opened back in 1974.
She arrives every morning at seven to prepare home-made chicken salad and pimento cheese.
Brown says she's looking forward to retiring so she and her husband can do some traveling.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

An elderly Martinsville man was rescued by the son of the town's fire chief last night.
Joe Brock was driving by Denton Music Company on Memorial Boulevard around 10:30. He saw a man inside the burning building and kicked in the door, and then dragged the man out of the store.
Fire officials say the man appears to be doing well. The cause of the blaze has not been yet been determined.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

First Union laying-off some of its workers..
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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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Mae Brown will serve her last hot dog at the Orange Dog this weekend.
She says, more than anything, she'll miss seeing all of her customers.
Brown shares the business with friends and has been taking care of the operations at the counter since it opened back in 1974.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Would you like]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=on News 7 at 6.]
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[Double Boxes=Kimberly/Shannon and Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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