Coming up on News 7-
Police are called to help with crowd control at the Roanoke D-M-V office.
Fire destroys a home in Botetourt County.
Mike Stevens brings us highlights from Virginia Tech and U-V-A.
Plus, Brent says expect the cold and wind to stick around.
News 7 is next.
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((COTTON HARTMAN/CUSTOMER: IT WAS UNBELIEVEABLE, OUTSIDE ALL THE WAY TO THE CORNER, AT EIGHT O'CLOCK.))
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A trip to the D-M-V drives many people to anger today.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
It was a day like no other at D-M-V offices across the state, including Roanoke.
Because of recent state budget cuts, customers experienced long lines.... lines made even longer by the holiday and also the end of the month.
Justin McLeod shows us how you can avoid these problems in the future.
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[SUPER=01-Laurissa Kashmer/Roanoke Resident; :22]
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[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
(( You expect to find long lines and delays at the D-M-V, but this bad?
[IN Q=I got here about]
((CHARLES HARTMAN/DMV CUSTOMER: I GOT HERE AT 7:30 AND IT WAS BACKED ALL THE WAY OUT PAST THE DOOR IN THE PARKING LOT.))
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Many had to leave and come back.
They returned to find standing room only and a wait up to an hour or more.
Several cops had to be called in to help with crowd control.
[IN Q=It was a rough morning]
((LAURISSA KASHMER/DMV CUSTOMER: IT WAS A ROUGH MORNING. WE STOOD IN LINE FOR A LONG TIME AND THEN WAITED IN THERE FOR A LONG TIME WITH A WHOLE BUNCH OF KIDS SCREAMING AND LOTS OF CHAOS.))
[OUT Q=lots of chaos]
Chaos caused by the state's budget crisis.
Governor Warner announced in October the state would close 12 DMV offices to help save 44 million dollars over two years.
Those closings affected Bedford and Rocky Mount.
[IN Q=We need it back in]
((THOMAS LYNCH/ROCKY MOUNT RESIDENT: WE NEED IT BACK IN ROCKY MOUNT BAD. THIS A LONG WAYS OVER HERE TO JUST SIT AND WAIT AND WAIT.))
[OUT Q=wait and wait]
A wait made worse by the holidays.
DMV offices are now closed on Wednesday and this week were closed on Thursday and Friday.
[IN Q=Like it has for weeks]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: LIKE IT HAS FOR WEEKS NOW, THE DMV WANTS TO REMIND EVERYONE YOU DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE TO COME HERE. THERE ARE AT LEAST 19 TRANSACTIONS THAT CAN BE DONE EITHER OVER THE PHONE OR ONLINE. THEY INCLUDE VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND HAVING YOUR DRIVING LICENSE RENEWED.))
[OUT Q=license renewed]
There are also several kiosk's located outside the DMV where you can do similar transactions.
They like the web site are open 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Many customers plan to seek alternatives in the future.
[IN Q=We're going to mail]
((COTTON HARTMAN/DMV CUSTOMER: WE'RE GOING TO MAIL IN NEXT TIME. WE'RE GOING TO MAIL IT. WE'RE NOT GOING TO STAND A LINE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO FIGHT THE CROWD.))
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Crowds the state warns could grow in the future leading to even more less than picture perfect days here at the DMV.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Today's fierce wind caused a lot of problems throughout the region today.
Around two o'clock this afternoon, a tree fell on a car in Roanoke blocking the road.
It happened on Milton Street-- next to the Landsdowne Apartments.
Police and fire had to saw the tree-- to reopen the road.
The vehicle is a total loss.
No one was injured.
A home in Botetourt County was destroyed by fire this morning.
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The blaze broke out around 5:30 at this home on Shiloh Creek Road in Buchanan.
Fire crews from several surrounding areas responded to the call.
It took them nearly an hour to put out the fire.
No one was hurt, and officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
A Roanoke church reached a major milestone today.
Saint Andrew's Catholic Church, overlooking downtown Roanoke, was dedicated 100 years ago today.
This evening-- the church held a centennial celebration.
The church's pastor says the Roanoke Valley owes a great deal to the parishioners who built the church one hundred years ago.
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((THOMAS MILLER/ST. ANDREW'S PASTOR; WHAT'S PRETTY AMAZING IS THAT A FAIRLY SMALL COMMUNITY OF CATHOLICS WERE ABLE TO BUILD SUCH A REMARKABLE STRUCTURE 100 YEARS AGO AND A LOT OF GENEROSITY AND COMMITMENT WAS SHOWN ON THEIR PART IN DOING THAT.))
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[OUT Q=their part in doing that.]
The event also featured a display of historic artifacts showcasing the church's history in the Roanoke Valley.
Some area children had visions of sugar plum's dancing in their heads today.
More than fifteen kids took part in Hotel Roanoke's Gingerbread House Food School.
For twenty five dollars, each child was provided with a kit and all kinds of candy.
The hotel's executive chef demonstrated how to put the gingerbread house together and then allowed the kids to take over.
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((BILLIE RAPER/HOTEL ROANOKE CHEF: I WAS SHOWING THEM HOW TO TAKE THE MARSHMALLOWS AND DO SNOWMAN AND DIFFERENT THINGS TO USE TO MAKE DOORWAYS AND CHIMNEY'S AND ROOFS AND SO THEY GET TO KINDA PLAY AND DO WHATEVER THEY THINK IS INTERESTING.))
((DANIELLE FERGUSON/STUDENT: I GET TO MAKE SOMETHING AND THEY EVERYTHING WE NEED, I GET TO CREATE IT FROM WHATEVER I WANT TO, THE CREATION IS MINE AND WHATEVER IT IS I FEEL LIKE DOING WITH IT.))
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This is the first year the Hotel Roanoke has organized the class for children.
They plan similar events in the future.
If you're having trouble locating that hard to find toy this Christmas, then Salem was the place to be this morning.
The Salem Civic Center hosted the second Roanoke-Salem Virginia Toy Collectors Exposition.
The show featured obsolete toys, antique and collectible toys, as well as model cars.
Some of the vendors came as far away as North Carolina but many are located right in our area.
More than a hundred people came out for today's show.
Still to come on the newscast, wedding bells are ringing for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani...
and a Disney cruiseliner is in for a serious scrub-down after hundreds of passengers develop a stomach virus.
It was a busy day at check stations across Virginia as the general firearms deer season came to a close.
At the Hunter's Den near New Castle, workers checked more than seventy deer today.
Workers there tell us the overall the number of deer killed is down this year.
They cite the on-going drought and the fact rifle season began a week earlier this year.
It also rained the first two days of the season.
Authorities in Kenya have released an American and her husband, after holding them for questioning following this week's twin terror attacks there.
The couple was among hundreds, who had their vacation turn into an unforgettable nightmare.
Manuel Gallegus has details.
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((WHEN A WAVE OF TERROR RIPPED THROUGH KENYA THURSDAY, AMERICAN ALICIAKALHAMMER AND HER HUSBAND ESCAPED THE VIOLENCE.BU
T HOURS LATER ---- WERE CAUGHT IN A WEB OF QUESTIONING BY KENYAN
JOSE TENA/QUESTIONED BY KENYA POLICE
SOT - JOSE "They came and said..you can leave now..but you can leave with us."
THE FLORIDA COUPLE WAS VACATIONING AT A BEACH CLUB NOT FAR FROM THE PARADISE HOTEL IN MOMBASA -- WHERE SUICIDE BOMBERS LAUNCHED THE DEADLY ATTACK. FEARING MORE BLASTS COULD COME, THEY TRIED TO LEAVE THEIR HOTEL...A MOVE THAT ALERTED POLICE, WHO'D ASKED RESORTS IN THE AREA TO REPORT ANY CHECKOUTS IN THE HOURS AFTER THE BOMBING.
ALICIA KALHAMMER/QUESTIONED BY KENYA POLICE
"We know that they were doing their job, and as long as we are free, we are happy."
POLICE ARE STILL HOLDING SEVERAL PAKASTANIS AND SOMALIS, IN CONECTION WITH THE HOTEL BOMBING..AND AN ATTACK MINUTES BEFORE -- IN WHICH MISSILES WERE FIRED AT, BUT MISSED, A PLANE FULL OF ISRAELI TOURISTS.
AN OBSCURE PALESTINIAN GROUP HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACKS - BUT SOME INTELLIGENCE EXPERTS ARE BLAMING OSAMA BIN LADEN'S AL-QAEDA NETWORK.
AT THE SITE OF THE BOMBING..... WHERE COFFEE MUGS STILL SIT ON CHARRED TABLES...RELATIVES AND FRIENDS OF THE VICTIMS HELD A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LOVED ONES...
AT THE LOCAL HOSPITAL OTHER VICTIMS ARE JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE... MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS.))
Passengers aboard Disney's "Magic" Cruise- ship this week saw more of the doctor than Mickey Mouse.
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The ship returned to port today after more than two- hundred people aboard became ill with a Norwalk- like virus.
More than three- thousand passengers and crew members were aboard for a seven- day Caribbean cruise.
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((KATHY WOLAK/PASSENGER: MY DAUGHTER IS SIX YEARS OLD, SHE WAS THE FIRST ONE, AND SHE WAS SO SICK SHE HAD TO HAVE AN IV.))
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In the past few months, about one- thousand passengers and crew have fallen ill on the "Magic."
Officials say hundreds of pillows and linens will be replaced and all carpets and curtains will be steam- cleaned.
However, one man aboard the "Magic" said he would rather be sick on a Disney cruise than sick at home.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is planning his nuptials.
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Giuliani popped the question to his long- time girlfriend Judith Nathan last week in Paris.
The former Time Magazine "Man of the Year" reportedly gave Nathan an oval sapphire set in platinum and surrounded by ten diamonds.
The engagement came five months after Giuliani's divorce to his second wife was final.
The former mayor's first marriage to his second cousin lasted fourteen years.
But, the Catholic Church annulled it because the couple did not obtain the proper permission the church requires when second cousins marry.
Still to come, we'll have a full report from Virginia Tech's win over U-V-A...
and it's about to be his busy season. We'll check in and see how Saint Nick gets ready for the holidays.
A true gem is in the Roanoke Valley this weekend.
The area's Mineral and Gem Society is hosting the 23rd annual Mineral and Gem Show at the Salem Civic Center.
More than 30 vendors make up this year's show, selling everything from gems to jewelry.
The show attracts nearly three thousand people and one of the highlights is the florescent display.
It wraps up tomorrow at the Salem Civic Center from 12 to 6.
When he's not building toys, checking his list or addressing his adoring fans at the mall, Santa Claus is indulging in his rare downtime.
And you're invited to join him.
In this week's Time Off, Shanon Young takes us to the History Museum for a peek at Fantasyland and a chat with the Jolly Old Elf himself.
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((Santa Claus is ringing in Christmas by taking a break.
For most of December you'll find him cozied up at the History Museum of Western Virginia.
[IN Q=Because they keep old things here...]
((SANTA CLAUS: BECAUSE THEY KEEP OLD THINGS HERE AND... I'M PRETTY OLD.))
[OUT Q=I'm pretty old.]
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((KENT CHRISMAN/HISTORY MUSEUM: SANTA KIND OF CONSIDERS THIS A PLACE TO RELAX, HE READS, STRUMS THE GUITAR AND MIGHT EVEN PLAY THE PIANO FOR A MINUTE OR TWO.))
[OUT Q=piano for a minute or two.]
Santa feels right at home at the History Museum where he's surrounded by images of Christmases past.
Each year, antique holiday displays that once graced Roanoke and Salem store fronts are brought back to life in Fantasyland.
[IN Q=We have a set of reindeer...]
((KEN CHRISMAN: WE HAVE A SET OF REINDEER, A GROUP OF ELVES, A NORTH POLE SCENE, A SMALL WORLD SCENE, HOLIDAY SCENES ONE MIGHT EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER.))
[OUT Q=might expect to encounter.]
Some date back as far as the 1930's.
Their historical nature ties in with Santa's stories about his own days gone by.
[IN Q=Where my name came from...]
((SANTA CLAUS: WHERE MY NAME CAME FROM, MY HISTORY. I'VE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS, I USED TO BE REALLY BIG.))
[OUT Q=I used to be really big.]
Now, he's just big of heart, giving his time to teach kids of all religions the spirit of the holiday season.
[IN Q=The basic meaning of love, sharing, giving...]
((SANTA CLAUS: THE BASIC MEANING OF LOVE, SHARING, GIVING, THESE ARE THE STORY LINES I SHARE WITH THE CHILDREN.))
[OUT Q=I share with the children.]
And while wee-ones will leave with a candy-cane, Santa says the real treat is the visit itself.
[IN Q=An experience of being loved...]
((SANTA CLAUS: AN EXPERIENCE OF BEING LOVED AND CARING ABOUT OTHERS AND REMEMBERING TO THINK ABOUT OTHERS NOT JUST AT CHRISTMAS BUT ALL YEAR 'ROUND.))
[OUT Q=but all year 'round.]
Now that's a gift worthy of rejoicing.
[OUT Q=ho ho ho ho ho ho.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
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A record crowd of 65 thousand and 97 shivering fans watched the Hokies beat UVa tonight in Blacksburg.
Mike Stevens has the story of Tech's fourth straight win over the Cavaliers.
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[WIPE to ENG!!]
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Elsewhere today, in the Backyard Brawl, West Virginia led Pittsburgh by 7 late in the game, but Pitt still had a shot. On third down, Larry Fitzgerald almost makes a spectacular catch in the endzone, but he can't hang on.
Then on fourth down, Rod Rutherford's pass is knocked down and West Virginia knocks off Pitt 24 to 17. The Mountaineers are likely headed to the Gator Bowl.
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And the upset of the day took place in Stillwater, Oklahoma where Josh Fields threw three TD passes as Oklahoma State upset Oklahoma for the second straight year 38 to 28.
The Bridgewater Eagles are now just two wins away from making it back to the Stagg Bowl to play for the Division Three national championship. But today's playoff contest with King's College was a little too close for comfort.
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The visitors from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania made it tough on Mike Clark and company.
It was 14 to 7 Monarchs late in the first quarter before Bridgewater's Robbie Jenkins dropped back and aired it out for Brian Ratliff who hauled it in for a 54 yard touchdown. The PAT was blocked and the Eagles trailed 14 to 13.
Just a couple of minutes later Jenkins hit Andre Jones on the short pass and Jones motored 36 yards to the house for 6 more. The Eagles 2 point try failed, but they had the lead 19 to 14 at the half.
ODAC Player of the Year Jermaine Taylor was in on 21 tackles. The Eagles defense put the clamps on
in the second half, but King's missed a potential game winning field goal into the wind with 57 seconds left. Bridgewater survives to play Trinity Texas next week, winning 19 to 17.
The Glenvar Lady Highlanders made it thru the regional girls basketball playoffs with two buzzer beaters. Tonight, they battled Clintwood in the state quarterfinals at Hidden Valley with a trip to next week's final four on the line.
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The Highlanders are still alive for a second straight state title.
Early on Sarah Frazier comes up with the steal underneath and gets the conversion. Frazier went over a thousand points in her career tonight and Glenvar jumped on top 5 to nothing.
Later Allyson Fasnacht does her thang nailing the jumper for two as Glenvar grabbed a little breathing room.
Elizabeth Kite then goes downtown for three. Glenvar beats Clintwood 56 to 39 to advance to Friday's state semis in Salem.
In the other single A quarterfinal, George Wythe fell to JJ Kelly 81 to 39 in Bristol and Northside beat Lee High 52 to 35 in the double A ranks. Altavista also advanced beating Northumberland 54 to 42.
JJ Redick figured to have an impact at Duke, just not this big of one this early. This afternoon in Indianapolis, the kid from Cave Spring led the Blue Devils past UCLA dropping the Bruins to oh and 2 for the first time since 1961.
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Redick lit it up at Conseco Fieldhouse in the John Wooden Classic.
But first he shared the wealth with his teammates. J-J ran the break and finished with the sweet dish to Chris Duhon for the bucket.
Redick also hit 5 of 10 from behind the three point arc. The freshman finished with 20 points on the afternoon as the Blue Devils opened up a 21 point second half lead and coasted to the win
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84 to 73 over UCLA and improved to 3 and oh on the season.
We finish up on the Civic Center hardwood where the Roanoke Dazzle got its groove on tonight with Greenville.
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Former Virginia star Donald Hand was in town tonight with the visiting Groove.
With just a few seconds left in the first period, Terrence Shannon throws down the Sir Valiant Brown miss with some authority and the Dazzle led it 19 to 16.
A little later, Mikki Moore scores with the little baby hook to put Roanoke up 23 to 18.
Greenville's Shawn Igo stays with it and gets the tough bucket to pull the Groove to within one.
Then check out Cory Alexander make the nice pass to Cypheus Bunton for the reverse lay-in.
But it's not enough as the Groove slides past the Dazzle 75 to 70.