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Holiday travelers are hitting the road. We'll point out some potential trouble spots.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And, new security measures could make for bumpy air travel this year. And that's BEFORE you board the plane.

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 Sports Andre Davis gets another special honor. Bridgewater dominates the postseason party in the ODAC.
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And the Roanoke Dazzle is back on the Civic Center hardwood tonight for a 7pm tip-off with Asheville.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
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Another front fails to produce any significant rain but we are seeing signs of home closer to the weekend. Details just ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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In the air and on the ground, holiday travellers face new challenges.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Everything from new traffic patterns to new security regulations.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And I'm Shannon Young.
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A new phase of road construction in the New River Valley means some major changes for drivers.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Effective today, there's a new ramp for motorists traveling in and around Blacksburg.
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Highway Improvements]


News 7's New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon lays out the new traffic pattern.
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((Nats TC (wide shot of ramps) Just in time for holiday traveling, this afternoon marks a change in entrance lanes to downtown Blacksburg and the Route 460 bypass. Drivers must now do the opposite of what they've been following.
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((DAIL STANCILL/V-DOT ASST. ENGINEER; IF YOU WANT TO TRAVEL DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG YOU NEED TO BE IN THE LEFT HAND LANE, [CUT] IF YOU WANT TRAVEL, CONTINUE TO TRAVEL IN THE BYPASS TOWARDS WEST VIRGINIA, PRICES FORK ROAD OR VIRGINIA TECH YOUR GONNA NEED TO BE IN THE TWO RIGHT LANES.))
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Because it's turning the tables on drivers,V-DOT officials are trying to warn incoming traffic. Large message boards flash motorists near Jenelle and Yelllow Sulphur Road.
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((DAIL STANCILL/V-DOT ASST. ENGINEER; IT'S GOING TO TAKE A COUPLE OF DAYS FOR EVERYONE.))
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((RACHEL CANNON/RCANNON@WDBJ7.COM; PAYING ATTENTION TO SIGNS IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR VIRGINIA TECH STUDENTS RETURNING FROM THANKSGIVING BREAK AS WELL AS FOR FOOTBALL FANS ATTENDING THE NEXT HOME GAME.))
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Nats TC 12:48:02 "Blacksburg downtown traffic" But V-Dot officials think once drivers understand the adjustment, it will actually have a positive impact on traffic.


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((DAIL STANCILL/V-DOT ASST. ENGINEER; IT SHOULD IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW THROUGH THIS AREA BECAUSE WERE NOT REDUCING A LANE FROM TWO LANES TO ONE.))
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Today's change is the second phase of three happening this Fall Officials say the third will be in mid-December...the next step to opening up the entire interchange this time next year. Rachel Cannon, News 7, Blacksburg.))


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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Travel by air is expected to be down this year.
And so far that appears to be the case at the Roanoke Regional Airport
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That's where we find Teresa Hamilton tonight.
Teresa how big of a drop are we talking about?
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[PMA]


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It started out as a report of a naked teenager in someone's front yard.. now Bedford police are dealing with a whole new kind of dangerous party drug.
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Authorities say it took two officers to subdue the nude 17- year- old male during a call to Laurel Street last month.
He apparently had taken a drug known as (PAIR-uh-meth-OX-ee-am-FET-uh-min) paramethoxyamphetamine or P-M-A.
It looks exactly like the club drug ecstasy but is far more lethal.
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((LT. TONY SULLIVAN/BEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT: THE USUAL HIGH THAT THEY WOULD GET WITH ONE TABLET OF ECSTASY IS NOT THE SAME AFTER TAKING P-M-A. SO THEY'LL TAKE ANOTHER ONE TO ACHIEVE THAT HIGH AND THAT'S WHEN YOU START TO GET IN TROUBLE.))
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P-M-A can cause seizures, high body temperature, coma and even death.
Police and health officials are concerned that ecstasy users in this area might ingest it without knowing what they're taking.
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[Warner]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Governor-elect Mark Warner is looking for ways to boost Virginia's economy. The Democrat plans to meet with officials from across the southwestern part of the state next Monday. The meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Henry County Administration Building. They'll be talking about ways to respond to massive job cuts in Southside.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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How much should the state pay for your child's education?
Some in Richmond say it should be a lot more.
We'll explain next on News 7.
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And a climbing accident rate has one area county asking troopers for help.
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Local schools in Virginia have known for years that the state wasn't paying its fair share.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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But today, the Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission reported a dollar figure.
The state should be paying at least a half BILLION more dollars each year to localities to support local schools.
The Commission's chairman has an obvious regional bias for wanting to change how the state funds local schools.
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((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R- FAIRFAX: WELL, RURAL AND LESS AFFLUENT LOCALITIES ARE ALREADY RECEIVING THE LION'S SHARE OF STATE APPROPRIATIONS AS A PERCENTAGE. MY JURISDICTION, FAIRFAX COUNTY, LESS THAN 20 PERCENT OF THEIR SCHOOL BUDGET COMES OUT OF THE STATE. WHERE YOU'LL GET SOME LOCALITIES THAT IT'S OVER 50 OR 60 PERCENT. ... SO WE FEEL WE'RE ALREADY BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST.))
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The commission also heard that bringing teacher pay up to the national average -- a campaign promise of both gubernatorial candidates -- could cost the state and localities 789 million more dollars per year.
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Franklin County schools say they're starting the school year with 445-thousand dollars LESS state money than expected.
That's bad news... especially since they'll need 53-thousand dollars to remove old asbestos pipe from Lee M. Waid Elementary School.
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The Franklin County Board of Supervisors pitched in THAT money... along with 406-thousand dollars to pay the architects for the new Windy Gap Elementary School.
The school won't open until 2004, but will meet growth in the northern part of the county.
Supervisors also passed a resolution asking the state police to station more troopers in Franklin County.
The county had a record 21 fatalities this year on its roads.
Officials say Franklin County has the most fatal accidents in western Virginia ... yet it has fewer troopers than many of its neighbors.
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An 18-year old caught in a motel room with marijuana, after drug dogs find pot in the trunk of his car. He says the dope's not his. It's hardly an unusual case.
Except this time the defendant is the son of a Circuit Judge who's been nationally recognized for establishing "drug courts" to keep such young offenders OUT of the criminal justice system.
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((THIS IS WHAT WAS SEIZED OUT OF MR. STRICKLAND'S CAR.))
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[ * * * Keith on ENG * * * ] All told- -between the dope in the trunk and what police found on a coffee table in Strickland's motel room- -the contraband weighed 3-point-3 ounces... enough to establish a circumstantial case of possession with intent to distribute.
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[ * * * Keith on ENG * * * ] City police told a substitute judge brought in from Charlottesville that Ryan Strickland tried to hide the bag of marijuana in his trunk.
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((PICKED THE SPEAKER BOX UP, PUT THE BAG UNDERNEATH THE SPEAKER BOX, PUT THE SPEAKER BOX ON TOP OF IT, LEAVING PART OF THE BAG EXPOSED.))
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Officer Bower said Strickland denied the pot in the bag was his but wouldn't say why he'd tried to hide it. They found no evidence Strickland had been using the marijuana at the motel or that he'd been dividing it up for sale to others. The charge was certified based on probable cause.
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[Lewis]


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A Daleville pysiatrist- will be allowed to work out her differences with the I-R-S OUT of court.
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Doctor Verna Lewis had been ordered to pay the government more than 100-thousand dollars in restitution in addition to serving 18 months in prison for tax evasion. Last year the appeals court upheld her conviction and sentence, but sent the case back to Judge Sam Wilson, saying he had simply taken the government's word for the amount of taxes she owes.
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Judge Wilson today suspended the restitution order, giving the government time to settle the rest of the case through civil action.

[Stocks]


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Investors took a breath today and locked-in profits from the market's recent rally. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW dropped 75 points.
NASDAQ lost 54.
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Virginia Foresters are offering a 2-thousand dollar reward for the arrests of arsonists responsible for a series of fires in Franklin County.
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Since October 27th, 19 small fires have been set along county roadsides.
At least two were set with the help of a "device."
Forestry officials believe more than one person is responsible.
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((RICHARD LAW/VA. DEPT. OF FORESTRY: WE'VE HAD DOF PERSONNEL AND NATIONAL GUARD IN THE AREA 24 HOURS A DAY, GOING DOOR TO DOOR, TRYING TO GATHER INFORMATION ON WHAT'S GOING ON.))
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The last fire was set on Saturday, not far from a home.
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Three years after they lost their representative on the board that oversees the regional landfill, residents of the Bradshaw Road area will soon have a new voice on the panel.
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Residents were angered in early 1998, when the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors failed to reappoint their representative to the board of the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority.
But recently, at the request of Catawba Supervisor Joe "Butch" Church, the board appointed Suzie Snyder, who lives next door to the Smith Gap landfill.
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((JOE "BUTCH" CHURCH: I PERSONALLY, IF I LIVED IN BRADSHAW ROAD AREA, I WOULD SURE LIKE TO HAVE A VOICE IN SOMETHING LIKE THIS. IT'S NOT A CORNER GROCERY STORE. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A HUGE OPERATION HERE.)) ((SUZIE SNYDER: THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT GO ON AT A LANDFILL AND THE PEOPLE IN THE AREA DEFINITELY NEED SOME TYPE OF REPRESENTATION. THEY NEED A VOICE AND WITHOUT HEARING WHAT'S GOING ON, WITHOUT REPRESENTATION THERE'S NO VOICE.))
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Church says he is hopeful that one day, the Catawba District will be guaranteed representation on the Resource Authority Board.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, hoop news from the Hokies and the Dazzle. Plus, Bridgewater and Ferrum rack up some big honors in their football conferences.
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And the honors continue to pile up for Virginia Tech's "special" Andre Davis.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Virginia Tech's Andre Davis - who just might be better off the field than he is on it - was chosen today to deliver a speech on behalf of this year's 16 award winners at National College Scholar-Athletes event in New York on December 11th. Davis and the others will be at the Waldorf Astoria to pick up their $18 thousand dollar post graduate scholarships. In 1997 - Tiki Barber also spoke at this banquet.
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As for Andre's on the field exploits. This afternoon he was named a semi-finalist for college football's special teams player of the year award. Davis is Tech's all-time leader in punt return yardage. He has one return for a TD this season, and four for his career. The winner of this award will be invited to play in the Hula Bowl on February 2nd.
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Not surprisingly, the Bridgewater College Eagles, who open the Division Three football playoffs this Saturday at home, dominate the postseason honors in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
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Bridgewater senior quarterback Jason Lutz was named the ODAC's player of the year. He led the conference in passing, and put up an average of 228 yards of offense a game. With Lutz at the controls, the unbeaten Eagles averaged 500 yards and 45 points a game. His coach Mike Clark is the co-coach of the year on the conference. He shares the honor with Washington & Lee's Frank Miriello, who led the Generals to a 500 mark.
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[talent=mike]
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Bridgewater's NCAA opener against Trinity College kicks off at Noon Saturday at Jopson Field in Bridgewater.

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The Ferrum College Panthers put 13 players on the Dixie Conference's all-conference's team. Leading the way is junior quarterback Phil Hairston who was named the league's offensive player of the year. Tim Boothe from Vinton also earned first team honors along with Rocky Mount's Jamie Dunn. Tim Carter also made the Dixie first team defensive unit and he has been picked to represent Ferrum in the D-3 all-star game against Mexico on December 15th in Saltillo, Mexico.

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The Roanoke Dazzle will be back on the court tonight taking on the Asheville Altitude. Tonight's contest tips off at the top of the hour. The Dazzle opened the season with an impressive power win on Sunday night. Head coach Kent Davison says fans can look for more of the same tonight from the team's two seven footers.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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We'll have some highlights of tonight's game for you on News 7 at eleven.

[S-Women]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The Tech women's basketball team was supposed to be in a transition year. So much for that line of thought. Last night the lady Hokies beat then-16th ranked Old Dominion 68-to-62 thanks to some serious senior leadership.

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The Tech men look to move to 2-and-0 tonight at the Cassell against Rhode Island. No one on this team wants to be successful more than head coach Ricky Stokes.
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Highlights of the Rams and Hokies tonight at 11.[S-AL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The baseball writer's America have again honored the first year wonder from Japan.
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Ichiro Suzuki, who earlier this month was named the American League's rookie of the year, nipped Jason Giambi in today's balloting for the American League Most Valuable player award. Ichiro got 11 first place to Giambi's 8 - as he won the won award 289 to 281. Ichiro led the big leagues this season with a 350 average. He also had 56 steals. (------------)