[7-Post-Holiday]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Retailers say after their most disappointing shopping season in at least a decade, they hope the final week of the year will make up for lost holiday sales.
The head of America's Research Group says consumers can look forward to even deeper discounts, as stores try to clear out merchandise before their spring shipments.
Some experts believe consumer spending will improve, especially in the second half of 2002.


[7-11581-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=kgu]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC-49:42]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]

A three-car accident held up traffic on Interstate 5-81 last night...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Authorities say the driver of a Monte Carlo merged across two lanes onto southbound 581 at the Orange Avenue Exit, causing two other cars to collide. Two of the southbound lanes were temporarily closed. One woman was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for minor cuts. Police say, charges are pending against the driver.
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[7-11Woods]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-51 TC-2:00:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Jane Woods has been appointed as health and human resources secretary by Mark Warner. But her past lobbying career has her up against some ethical scrutiny.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/December 18]


Woods has been a registered representative for three pharmaceutical companies, a major hospital system and associations of doctors, physical therapists and veterinarians.
State Senator Leslie Byrne (BURN), who unseated Woods two years ago, calls the appointment "a real Christmas present for lobbyists.''
Woods says she's giving up her lobbying job, and says any conflicts between her former clients and her public duties will be settled by statutes against ethical violations.
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[7-Am-Rescue Mission]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=jsc]
[TAPE#=01-52]
[GRAPHIC=none]

U.S. Cellular granted some local people's Christmas wishes yesterday.
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[SOT ]
[IN Q=It's me]

((IT'S ME...MERRY CHRISTMAS.))
[RUNS=05]
[OUT Q=merry Christmas.]
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[VO-NAT :13]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The Chicago-based company donated cell phone service to people at Roanoke's Rescue Mission. The program, which is called HOPE...Homeless Outreach Phone Effort...allows people the chance to call family and friends all over the country.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They can]

((JULIE THOMAS/US CELLULAR ASSISTANT MANAGER: THEY CAN CALL TO ANYWHERE IN THE US. THEY CAN TALK AS LONG AS THEY WANT ON THE PHONE. THIS IS THEIR TIME. THIS IS THEIR TIME TO MAKE THE CALLS THAT THEY WANTED TO MAKE, JUST TO SAY "MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, I LOVE YOU, I MISS YOU," WHATEVER THEY WANT TO SAY. ))
[SUPER=01-Julie Thomas/U. S. Cellular Assistant Manager;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=to say.]
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[VO-NAT :09]


The is the fifth year for the program locally. It also runs during Thanksgiving. U-S Cellular estimates that HOPE has helped over 18,000 homeless people reach loved ones since 1993.
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[45-11581-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=kgu]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC-49:42]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]

Interstate 5-81 was backed up yesterday, after a three-car accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Authorities say the driver of a Monte Carlo merged across two lanes onto southbound 581 at the Orange Avenue Exit causing two other cars to collide. Two of the southbound lanes were temporarily closed. One woman was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for minor cuts. Police say, charges are pending against the driver.
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[45-Post-Holiday]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


After experiencing the most disappointing shopping season in at least a decade, retailers are hoping the final week of the year will make up for lost holiday sales.
The head of America's Research Group says consumers can look forward to even deeper discounts, as stores try to clear out merchandise before their spring shipments.
Some experts believe consumer spending will improve, especially in the second half of 2002.


[45-11Sabato]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=jsc]
[TAPE#=01-49 tc-1:42:57]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Republican Vance Wilkins didn't compete in the Governor's race this November. But as Speaker of the House, he may wield almost as much power as Mark Warner this winter.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The GOP won its largest majority ever in the house, grabbing sixty-four seats.
With the voting majority, Political experts say Wilkins can override Warner's vetos, forcing the Democratic governor-elect to work with the Republican-dominated house.
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[TC 02:12:05]
[SOT]
[IN Q=I call]

((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: I CALL VANCE WILKINS CO-GOVERNOR BECAUSE HE HAS EQUAL POWER WITH WARNER TO STOP THINGS.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVa Political Analyst]
[RUNS=8]
[OUT Q=to stop things]
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[VO-NAT]


Sabato went on to say Wilkins may be the most powerful Speaker of the House since Blacky Moore in the late ninteen-sixties when Democrats held eighty-five of the one hundred house seats.
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[45-11Woods]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-51 TC-2:00:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Governor-elect Warner recently appointed Jane Woods as health and human resources secretary.
But her appointment is raising ethical questions...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/December 18]


Woods has been a registered representative for three pharmaceutical companies, a major hospital system and associations of doctors, physical therapists and veterinarians.
State Senator Leslie Byrne (BURN), who unseated Woods two years ago, calls the appointment "a real Christmas present for lobbyists.''
Woods says she's giving up her lobbying job, and says any conflicts between her former clients and her public duties will be settled by statutes against ethical violations.
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[8-11581-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=kgu]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC-49:42]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]

A three-car accident forced traffic to slow down awhile on Interstate 5-81 last night...
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Authorities say the driver of a Monte Carlo merged across two lanes onto southbound 581 at the Orange Avenue Exit causing two other cars to collide. Two of the southbound lanes were temporarily closed. One woman was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for minor cuts. Police say, charges are pending against the driver.
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[8-11Sabato]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=jsc]
[TAPE#=01-49 tc-1:42:57]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Although Republican Vance Wilkins wasn't a candidate for governor this past November, his position still gives him almost as much power as Mark Warner.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The GOP won its largest majority ever in the house, grabbing sixty-four seats.
With the voting majority, Political experts say Wilkins can override Warner's vetos, forcing the Democratic governor-elect to work with the Republican-dominated house.
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[TC 02:12:05]
[SOT]
[IN Q=I call]

((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: I CALL VANCE WILKINS CO-GOVERNOR BECAUSE HE HAS EQUAL POWER WITH WARNER TO STOP THINGS.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVa Political Analyst]
[RUNS=8]
[OUT Q=to stop things]
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[VO-NAT]


Sabato went on to say Wilkins may be the most powerful Speaker of the House since Blacky Moore in the late ninteen-sixties when Democrats held eighty-five of the one hundred house seats.
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[8-11Woods]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-51 TC-2:00:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Governor-elect Mark Warner's appointment of Jane Woods' as health and human resources secretary is raising some ethical questions.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/December 18]


Woods has been a registered representative for three pharmaceutical companies, a major hospital system and associations of doctors, physical therapists and veterinarians.
State Senator Leslie Byrne (BURN), who unseated Woods two years ago, calls the appointment "a real Christmas present for lobbyists.''
Woods says she's giving up her lobbying job, and says any conflicts between her former clients and her public duties will be settled by statutes against ethical violations.
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[8-VOB-Party-Holiday]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-]
[GRAPHIC=Dazzle]

A Merry Christmas was had by the Roanoke Dazzle and many members of the community yesterday. The Dazzle got a Christmas victory, and hosted a holiday party for fans.
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[VO-NAT :13]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Ticket holders gathered at the Civic Center for pre-game festivities. Players signed autographs, cheerleaders led dance clinics and kids took shots at the basket. The Christmas Day event was a first for the Roanoke Valley.
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[SOT 1:43:13 / 1:40:00]
[IN Q=THE WHOLE]

((DONNA DANIELS/DAZZLE TEAM PRESIDENT; THE WHOLE DAY IS OUR HOLIDAY PRESENT TO THE VALLEY OUR HOLIDAY PARTY OUR GAME AND OUR POST GAME CONCERT WITH TRUE VIBE.)) ((DERRICK HINES/DAZZLE POINT GUARD; IT'S A GREAT TIME OF THE YEAR FOR A LOT OF PARENTS AND THE KIDS AND THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ROANOKE TO GET A LOT OF EXPOSURE.))
[SUPER=01-Donna Daniels/Dazzle Team President;]
[SUPER=01-Derrick Hines/Dazzle Point Guard;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=LOT OF EXPOSURE.]
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[VO-NAT]

ESPN 2 carried the game live. The Dazzle outscored the Greenville Groove 94 to 86.
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[BIRTHDAYS!] 12/27/01
Thursday:

[SUPER=130-10/DeeDee Lucas/Christiansburg]



[SUPER=130-20/Jonathan Thompson/Ferrum]



[SUPER=130-48/Brenda Stanley/Christiansburg]



[SUPER=130-5/Eric Underwood/Bedford]



[SUPER=130-2/Dennis Utt/Pulaski]



[SUPER=130-90/Ethel Clark/Salem]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-/Tyree Kasey/Huddleston]



[SUPER=131-58/James Henry/Brookneal]

[SUPER=131-10/Mark Ferguson/Drakes Branch]