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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Holiday shoppers snub an ailing economy and make a bee-line for the mall.
We'll tell you which items are flying off the shelves.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And, when it comes to popularity, music lovers are watching the grass grow... bluegrass, that is.
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[Sports-Head]


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In sports, Liberty wrapped up its season with a loss the Dazzle hits the hardwood tonight for a game against Fayetteville.
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And Robby Gordon pushes his way to his first Winston Cup victory winning the New Hampshire 300.
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[WX-Head]
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It's a whole new ballgame weatherwise with multiple chances for rain over the next few days. Details coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=Most people usually]

((MOST PEOPLE USUALLY HAVE TO GO TO GREENSBORO, OTHER PLACES TO SHOP. BUT NOW THEY COME HERE.))
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[OUT Q=but now people come here.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


No signs of a recession at Valley View Mall in Roanoke.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Holiday shoppers feasted on loads of new stores.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Shopping]
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Record sales at Valley View Mall were matched only by a record number of Holiday Shoppers on this Black Friday.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Even a major traffic light malfunction outside the mall didn't stop them from pouring in.
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Business Reporter Jennifer Miele is at the Mall now... Jen.
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Keith and Shannon, I am reporting to you from the front lines, if you will.
The Mall is packed with bargain hunters in search of the best deals they can find.
And these stores are set to make a killing.
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[IN Q=We're from]
[SUPER=01-Laura Stanley/Holiday Shopper; :00]
[SUPER=01-Christina Finnerty/Holiday Shopper; :05]
[SUPER=01-Laura Bingeman/Store Owner; :32 ]
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[OUT Q=forget about that.]
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((LAURA STANLEY: WE'RE FROM PULASKI.... WALMART)) [RUNS04] ((CHRISTINA FINNERTY: ABERCROMBIE, OLD NAVY'S COMING.. IT'S NICE.)) [RUNS04]
All of a sudden, Valley View Mall is the place to shop.
Dozens of new stores are attracting a younger crowd with money spend... even if it's mom's credit card.
News of a possible recession today must not have reached Laura Bingeman's candy store... if it did, perhaps her customers are looking for a little comfort food.
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((LAURA BINGEMAN: HALLOWEEN WAS A LITTLE SHAKEY BUT THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING VERY WELL TODAY AND WE'RE REALLY PLEASED AT THAT.)) [runS04]
Here's another new addition to Valley View Mall... Valet parking. About a hundred car loads today opted to pay two dollars instead of spending two hours looking for a parking space.
There was just as much traffic INSIDE the mall as there was outside... thanks to a broken traffic light.
But a piece of pizza made these shoppers quickly forget about that.))
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[LIVE= Jennifer /FULL Microwave]
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Some of the hottest holiday gifts this year... Harry Potter memorabilia, Xbox and GameCube consoles, and digital cameras.
Industry experts believe parents WILL spend as much as they did last year if not more on their children this year, despite the current state of the economy.
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Keith and Shannon.

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A South Boston man is dead following a shooting at the American Legion Post 99 in Halifax County early this morning. 29 year old Thomas Jackson was shot during an altercation between two groups of men, and was carried to the Halifax Regional Hospital by friends. He died there this afternoon. Sheriff's Deputies say they have multiple suspects in the shooting, and charges are pending.

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Troopers say speed apparently caused the crash that killed three foreign students and injured another on Interstate 81 last night.
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Two men and a woman were passengers in a 2002 Ford Explorer that crashed on southbound I-81 near the Arcadia exit in Botetourt County. The victims were thrown from the S-U-V as it went airborne and rolled several times into the opposite lanes just before 11 o'clock. The 28-year-old driver is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. All three victims were believed to be students at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina and were from the People's Republic of China.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Their names are being withheld pending notification of their families. Charges are pending.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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When it comes to popularity, music lovers are watching the grass grow... bluegrass, that is.
That's still ahead onNEws 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Plus, will this fall's dry weather mean you'll end with a Charlie Brown Christmas tree?
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[Christmas-Trees]
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Tree experts say Virginia's dry weather over the last few months won't mean any fewer Christmas trees.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

Todd Walters says the supply of evergreens is unaffected by recent dry conditions. The Lacie's Garden Center owner says that's because the trees are planted far in advance and take years to mature.
But lack of rain means customers need to get their tree in water right after buying it.
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[IN Q=it has affected]

((TODD WALTERS/LACIE'S GARDEN CENTER OWNER; IT HAS AFFECTED THE QUALITY OF THE TREES, THE TREES ARE IN A DROUGHT STRESS RIGHT NOW AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO AS SOON AS YOU GET THE TREE TO CUT THE BOTTOM OFF AND GET IN WATER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.))
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[OUT Q=AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.]
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Walters says if you care for the tree properly it should last as long as during any other year.
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[Stocks]


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Investors seemed to be in a holiday mood, as stocks rallied in the shortened post-Thanksgiving session. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 125 points.
NASDAQ rose 28.
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[Bluegrass]
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2001 was a banner year for bluegrass with the unprecedented popularity of the "O Brother Where Art thou" soundtrack.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports on a bluegrass revival that's taken the music mainstream.
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[IN Q=Ferrum resident]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/Country Music Assoc. - CBS; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dan Tyminski/Alison Krauss and Union Station; :17]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./November 3; :32]
[SUPER=01-Del McCoury/The Del McCoury Band; :42]
[SUPER=@Joe2; :57]
[SUPER=01-Chris Thile/Nickel Creek; :1:10]
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((Ferrum resident Dan Tyminski has been riding the bluegrass boom since the O Brother soundtrack was released late last year. [NAT SOUND OF CMA PERFORMANCE]
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[IN Q=It's a record that was recorded]

((IT'S A RECORD THAT WAS RECORDED WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE, WITH NO HEADPHONES, NO OVERDUBS, NO STUDIO TRICKERY, NO HIDDEN EFFECTS, NO SECRETS, IT IS COMPLETELY HONEST. IT'S A GROUP OF GUYS STANDING IN A HALF CIRCLE PLAYING AROUND ONE MICROPHONE.))
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[OUT Q=playing around a microphone.]


Members of the Del McCoury band aren't featured on the "O Brother" soundtrack, but their popularity has never been greater, playing to younger, more diverse audiences.
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[IN Q=It seems this music]

((IT SEEMS THIS MUSIC HAS MORE OF A CROSS SECTION OF PEOPLE THAN ANY FORM OF MUSIC AND I'VE NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY. THERE ARE A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE, TOO, NOWADAYS THAT ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN THIS MUSIC ENOUGH TO TRY TO LEARN TO PLAY IT.))

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[OUT Q=to learn to play it.]


Perhaps no band better represents the future of bluegrass than the group Nickel Creek. [NAT SOUND OF BAND AT CMA]
Mandolin player, Chris Thile, says he isn't surprised by the "O Brother" bandwagon.
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[IN Q=A song like Man of Constant Sorrow]

((A SONG LIKE MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW TRANSCENDS ANY KIND OF RADIO BOUNDARIES, AND IT DOESN'T NEED ANY KIND OF RADIO AIRPLAY FOR PEOPLE TO GO, THAT'S REAL. THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO LISTEN TO.))
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[OUT Q=what I want to listen to.]


And if these musicians have anything to do with it... bluegrass music they'll want to listen to, for years to come. Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

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And coming up in sports, Robby Gordon wins the New Hampshire 300 Liberty University ended its season on a down note.
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And Bridgewater will host a playoff game tomorrow afternoon in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs.
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Robby Gordon literally pushed his way to his first Winston Cup race taking the checkered flag in the New Hampshire 300.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/TNT SPORTS; :]


Tires became a concern when the weather in New Hampshire was much warmer than expected.
But Points champion Jeff Gordon had no problems with tires. He cruised all day leading 257 of the 300 laps.
Then with 17 laps to go and the cars bumper to bumper Robby Gordon hit Jeff in the rear causing him to spin and hit Mike Wallace in the number 12 car.
Gordon was just a little bit upset and he retaliates by hitting Robby in the rear while the cars were running under the caution flag.
Robby would hold on and take the checkered flag for his first Winston Cup win but Jeff was not to happy about the incident that probably caused him the race.
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[IN Q="I was mad......]
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[SUPER=01-Robby Gordon/New Hampshire 300 Winner; :16]
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[OUT Q=......him cleaned."]
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Sterling Marlin was second, Bobby Labonte third, Matt Kenseth fourth and Tony Stewart fifth.

[S-LIBERTY]


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They weren't supposed to play each other at all this year, but the September 11th terrorist attacks left both Liberty University and James Madison looking for an opponent to make up for cancelled games.. so the Dukes and Flames wrapped up their seasons today in Lynchburg.
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Liberty's defensive unit came into the game the fifth worst in the nation, but they held the Dukes scoreless through the first half..
L-U was without its senior signal caller Biff Parsons who had a sprained wrist..
It was also a homecoming of sorts for former Liberty HIGH SCHOOL star Robert Carson playing his final game in a Dukes uniform..
After an exchange of turnovers, the Flames would strike first.. J.K. Scott finds Travis Burns.. Burns with the nice move to get free, 26 yards for the score and it's 7-nothing Liberty..
J-M-U would answer, the handoff goes to number 20, Rondell Bradley, he finds a hole and he's gone.. 65 yards to tie it up at 7 midway through the third quarter..
Ken Karcher on the sidelines, wondering how to motivate his troops..
J-M-U with the ball again, Mike Connelly would call his own number six times on this drive, the last one would be good for a 15- yard score, Dukes on top 14-7..
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Less than a minute left, Liberty with a first and goal, Scott looking to loft it up for Daniel Thomas in the end zone but Quentin Collins picks it off.. J-M-U holds on for just its second win of the season.. Liberty finishes at 3-and-8.
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The road to the Stagg Bowl begins tomorrow afternoon for unbeaten Bridgewater College. The Eagles host Trinity University from San Antonio in a rematch of last year's postseason shootout that the Eagles lost in overtime.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Clark/Bridgewater Head Coach; :15]
[SUPER=01-Marcus Richardson/Bridgewater Wide Receiver;:]
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[OUT Q=....OF BIG PLAYS."]
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Tomorrow's game kicks-off at Noon at Jopson Field.