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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

At Virginia Tech, it's too soon to grade Governor Gilmore's new budget.
But officials say, right now, the numbers don't add up.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And, armed with cash, checks and credit cards, local holiday shoppers are fighting back the recession.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
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In sports, We continue the reports from Virginia Tech as the Hokies prepare for Florida State in the Gator Bowl.
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And last night in Detroit, Marshall and East Carolina slugged it out in the highest scoring college football bowl game ever.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
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December 21st may be the winter solstice but winter temperatures arrived in the region today. The rather chilly forecast details coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

A Fincastle businessman known for his interests in real estate and the horse industry is dead.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

78 year old George Moore Junior was killed when his car was hit by a train in Botetourt County.
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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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Moore died this morning.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

The accident happened shortly after 9:30 this morning. According to authorities, Moore was driving his 1992 Cadillac on Second Avenue and Norfolk Southern Avenue, when he met an oncoming van. Witnesses say Moore was backing up on the single-lane gravel road. He backed up onto the tracks, into the path of an oncoming train.
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[IN Q=He saw me and...]

((LUTHER DEEL/WITNESSED ACCIDENT; HE SAW ME AND HE STARTED BACKING UP. SO I PULLED OVER HERE TO GIVE HIM ROOM, THOUGHT HE'D GET OVER HERE, SEE? BUT HE DIDN'T DO IT.))
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[OUT Q=he didn't do it.]
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State police say the freight train blew its whistle and was travelling below the 40-mile-an-hour speed limit. Moore died of massive internal injuries after arrival at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Moore is a former trustee of Ferrum College, and director of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation. Funeral services have been set for this Saturday.

[Colleges]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Virginia Colleges and Universities are getting a closer look at Governor Jim Gilmore's final budget proposal.
Virginia Tech officials say they're still looking at the numbers, trying to see how the campus may be affected.

[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Rachel/Microwave;]

New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon joins us from Blacksburg tonight with more on the story... Shannon, Tech officials say the situation is bleak. With the proposal as is, the University, like other state agencies will have to reduce costs by two-percent in 2002.
[LIVE=Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@Rachel1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

For Tech, that amounts to 5-million dollars. But then there's the additional 4 percent cut proposed for the following year. Tech says that translates into 20-million dollars
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[IN Q=there's going]

((LARRY HINCKER/TECH SPOKESMAN; THERE'S GOING TO BE AN IMPACT SOMEHOW THEY'LL BE AN IMPACT OF POSSIBLY PEOPLE HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY WE MAY BE TALKING ABOUT JOB REDUCTIONS WE DON'T KNOW YET, THEY'LL BE AN IMPACT ON THE QUALITY OF STUDENT EDUCATION WE SAW THAT HAPPEN IN THE BUDGET REDUCTIONS IN THE EARLY 1990'S.))
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[OUT Q=IN THE EARLY 1990'S]
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[***RACHEL'S MIC HOT***] Hincker says if necessary, decisions on changes to meet cuts will happen within the next 2 to 4 months. Tech is also hoping that as the General Assembly becomes more involved with the budget and Governor-elect Mark Warner takes office...the situation will change.
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[LIVE=Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

Governor Gilmore has also proposal lifting the tuition freeze on state colleges and Universities. But Hincker says bumping up tuition is not the way to cover budget reductions of this size.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Rachel /Microwave;]

Shannon, he says if they tried to do that, it may price Tech out of the market for prospective students.

[Warner]


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There are two new additions to Governor-elect Mark Warner's cabinet ... One hails from Southside.
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Warner selected former Danville delegate Whitt Clement as his Secretary of Transportation.
Clement served on the General Assembly for 14 years before retiring to run for State Attorney General earlier this year.
He was a senior member of the House Transportation Committee.
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[IN Q=He will help]

((MARK WARNER/GOVERNOR-ELECT: HE WILL HELP BRIDGE THE GAPS BETW RURAL, SUBURBAN AND URBAN VA IN TRANSPORTATION. NOW, THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT WHITT COULD DO IN THE ADMINISTRATION BUT I NEED HIM IN THIS PARTICULAR POST BECAUSE HE BRINGS THE RIGHT SKILLS AT THE RIGHT TIME. ))
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[OUT Q=at the right time.]
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Warner also named John William Marshall as Secretary of Public Safety.
Marshall was a trooper who served with the State Police for 14 years.
Until this year, he was director of the United State Marshall Service... a position he was appointed to by President Clinton.
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[Sabato]


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If you want to be Governor, you have to really SHOW the voters you mean it.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


That's the fundamental rule that Mark Earley broke, says University of Virginia political analyst Larry Sabato in his annual election post-mortem.
Earley lost to Mark Warner by a 5 percent margin.
Sabato says Jim Gilmore and the budget impasse didn't help ...
But he says Earley still could have WON, if he'd had a show of support from President Bush after September 11th.
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Sabato says Mark Warner ran a successful campaign from top to bottom, which won him 52 percent of the vote.
Warner got 51 percent of the RURAL vote... in part, Sabato says, because he had 31 percent of N-R-A sympathizers on his side... a number unheard of for Democratic candidates.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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Still ahead on News 7, gun owners get a free Christmas gift at one area mall.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And when smoke obscures their vision, firefighters turn to thermal imaging cameras for help... and they're thanking area businesses for help getting them.
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[Brownlee]
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The lawyers who represent the U-S government in Western Virginia always manage to generate more revenue for the U-S Treasury than they spend.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-SHot]
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

THIS year the new federal prosecutor in these parts called reporters in to talk about what John Brownlee says is an example of good government. Roanoke's U-S Attorney's Office raked in almost 9-million dollars in the last fiscal year. That's money collected in fines, forfeitures, restitution and civil enforcement. Though the funds go to Washington, the government shares some of the take with state and local police.
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[IN Q=They can buy]

((JOHN BROWNLEE/U. S. ATTORNEY; THEY CAN BUY CARS AND COMPUTERS AND THINGS THAT ASSIST THEM IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.))
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[OUT Q=then in law enforcement.]
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Brownlee says it costs four million to run the U-S Attorney's office here. The two- to- one ratio of revenue and costs is typical of U-S Attorney's Offices around the country.
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[Gun-Locks]


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Shoppers at Valley View Mall today got an added holiday gift.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Project HomeSafe along with local and state law enforcement handed out free gun locks at the mall.
Parents were also encouraged to take a gun safety pledge with their children as part of the project.
More than one thousand gun locks were available free of charge.
The project's stop in Roanoke is part of a fourteen day tour of the state.
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[IN Q=I hope to be able]

((VINNIE CHERICO/PROJECT HOMESAFE: I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO GET GUN LOCKS IN THE HANDS OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT REALLY WANT TO HAVE A GUN LOCK AND WOULD LIKE TO SECURE THEIR GUN. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO THE KIDS THAT COME TO THE MALL IN REGARDS TO GUN SAFETY.))
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[OUT Q=regards to gun safety]
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The project is funded by a grant from the department of justice.
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[Thermal-Imaging]


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Roanoke County firefighters can take the heat. Now they're able to see it as well.
The department is making progress in its effort to outfit all of its stations with thermal imaging cameras.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./November 2000]


The cameras allow firefighters to search smoke-filled structures more quickly. The devices can help them find the source of a fire, or see hidden dangers.
The department now has six cameras, and is working with community partners to acquire at least six more.
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Today Roanoke County recognized Dynax America and the Roanoke Athletic Club for their contributions to the program.

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He hasn't inked it yet, but President Bush says he will sign the Railroad Retirement Bill.
The bill increases benefits for surviving spouses of railroad retirees by about 300 dollars a month.
It also cuts payroll taxes for rail companies and allows workers with 30 years of service to retire at age 60 instead of 62.
The House and Senate gave their approval earlier this month, but the White House says because of world events the President has not yet been able to sign the bill.

[Stocks]


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Profit warnings from some high-tech companies dragged Wall Street lower today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW dropped 85 points.
NASDAQ fell 64.
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[New-Castle]


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The town of New Castle has a new Mayor.
Former Vice-Mayor John S. Johnson was appointed to fill the position after the town's long-time mayor, James Kibler, passed away.
He died two weeks ago from throat cancer.
Council member Virginia Sharp Givens will fill the Vice-Mayor position, and council will appoint someone to fill her position at its next meeting.

[Cave-Spring]


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One local school is giving back to the community in a big way this holiday season.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Student Council at Cave Spring High School gathered more than seven thousand cans of food as part of a holiday food drive for the Salvation Army.
The cans were donated by students over the last week.
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[IN Q=A lot of people]

((TARA SHEPPARD/SCA PRESIDENT: A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE THIS STUFF, AND CAVE SPRING SEEMS TO BE A SCHOOL THAT CAN REALLY DONATE AND WE DONATE WELL AND WE DONATE A LOT.))
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[OUT Q=we donate alot.]
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As an added incentive, the homerooms that collected the most cans and the one with the best looking donation box each won a free breakfast.
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[Sports Tease]


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And coming up in sports, The fifth ranked Virginia Cavaliers meet Georgetown tonight at the M-C-I center in Washington, DCTERMS.
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And Glenvar's Allyson Faschinat is the Group A girls basketball player of the year.
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[S-Herd]


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It was the highest scoring bowl game in college football history and when it was over Marshall beat East Carolina 64 to 61 in double overtime at the G-M-A-C bowl.
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The two teams would square off in Detroit, Michigan the site of the bowl game.
The Thundering Herd was down 21 to nothing at the end of the first quarter when East Carolina scored on this 9 yard T-D run.
[SUPER=36-Marshall/64/East Carolina/61/;]


But Marshal started its rally in the fourth quarter scoring 29 unanswered points but the game winner was this Bryon Leftwitch pass to Josh Davis and the Herd pulls out the 64 to 61 win in double overtime.
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[S-Coach]


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The Virginia Tech Hokies have filled the vacancy on their coaching staff. Kevin Rogers, who served as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Notre Dame the past three seasons, is the Hokies new quarterback coach.
Rogers replaces Ricky Bustle, who resinged last week to accept the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Rogers is no stranger to the commonwealth he is a 1974 graduate of William and Mary. He coached Donovan McNabb at Syracuse for three seasons. He begins his duties in January.



[S-Bowden]


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For the fourth time in the last five years the Hokies are matched up against a team from ACC in their bowl game. And once again it's Beamer against a Bowden. Mike Stevens has more.
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[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS.]
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[S-Glenvar]


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She's only a sophomore but Glenvar's Allyson Fasnacht is the Associated Press 2001 Group A girls basketball Player of the Year.
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[SUPER=03-Salem; :]


The five foot seven point guard led Glenvar to its second state title in the last five years as the Highlanders beat 3 Rivers district rival Radford at the Salem Civic Center.
The Sophmore led the Highlanders to a 27 and 2 record she averaged 13 points and 4 assists a game during the regular season.
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Fasnacht was joined on the first team by 2000 player of the year Roshana Jackson of Appalachia, LaShay Collier of J.J. Kelly, Erin Christiana of Goochland and Stacy Shepard of Altavista.
Eastern Montgomery's Kate Childress earned a spot on the second team.



[S-UVA]


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The virginia Cavaliers have a big game up in Washington this evening taking on 16-th ranked Georgetown at the M-C-I center.
U-V-A checks in as the 5-th ranked team in the country.
The last time the two teams mets was last season in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at University Hall. The Hoyas won that game 115 to 111 in triple overtime.


[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express will have two of its players competing in the East Coast Hockey League's All star game.
Roanoke Wingers Rick Kowalsky and Vern Fiddler were chosen by the Northern Conference head coaches to play in the 2002 all star game.
Kowalksy, who was chosen as a starter, is Roanoke's leading scorer with 18. He also leads the team with 7 power play goals.
Fiddler is second on the Express with 26 points. He has had 10 of those points in the last five contests.
Meantime, the Express sent defenseman Marty Hughes to Louisiana to complete the trade for defensman Steve Sabo.
[Wx-Toss]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=NONE]WEATHER CENTER


Wind gusts in excess of 40 mph are suspected in toppling a 190 foot radio tower on Poor Mountain today.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

Public radio station WVTF is now using a backup tower for its programming. But the National Weather Service is still off the air. The agency used the tower for its NOAA weather radio. If you are picking up a radio this holiday, it may be several weeks before a clear signal is heard in the Roanoke Valley.
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[Holiday-Shopping]
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There are only four full days before Christmas.. and shoppers are out in full force.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


But surveys show only about half of us have our shopping done. That's why malls like Tanglewood are bracing for a busy weekend.
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That's where we find business Reporter Jennifer Miele tonight.
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[SUPER=@jennifer1]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.]


Keith and Shannon, September 11th may have taken it's toll on the economy, but shoppers we talked to today said spending money on friends and family just makes them feel better.
Many say they are more excited for this Christmas than they have been in previous years.
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[IN Q=Well, I]

((GLEN PICKELSIMER: WELL, I THINK I'M MORE EXCITED TO BE AROUND MY FAMILY NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE THIS CHRISTMAS PROBABLY MORE THAN I DID IN THE PAST. YEAH, I GUESS I'M CLOSER TO MY FAMILY NO I THINK ABOUT IT. IT HAS AFFECTED ME THAT WAY.))
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[OUT Q=that way.]
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[***JENNIFER'S MIC HOT***]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Retailers say clothing is the gift of choice this year... patriotic clothing at that.
But flag-driven sales likely won't be enough to pull up revenue numbers.
Roanoke County reports an October sales tax revenue decline of 14 thousand dollars compared to last year.
Though stores like J-C Penny say they aren't feeling the dip, thanks in part to more affordable products.
The parking lot is full now.. but just wait until the day AFTER Christmas.
America's Research Group predicts the biggest discounted shopping period in 20 years.
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[LIVE=Jennifer /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.;]


That shopping period will begin without Tanglewood Mall Marketing Manager Alan Foster.
He's leaving to return to the marketing business he and his wife ran before he took the job here.
Keith. [DOUBLE BOXES=Jennifer & Keith /Microwave;]