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Governor Warner wades into the D-M-V office in Roanoke to announce his solution to long lines and closed doors.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

And a couple of big names testify in defense of ex-D-Day C-E-O Richard Burrow.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
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Tonight on News 7 Sports - more on the Magna Vista forfeitures tonight, plus the Seminole district is looked to sweep two state football championships this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]

and the Redskins Marvin Lewis says no thanks to Michigan State for the second time this week.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Another surge of moisture on the way to Virginia. Look for lots of cold rain in the Friday forecast. More on that and our Thursday WeatherSchool just ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.

[New-Jobs]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-45 TC42:41]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


When the textile companies started leaving town, Southside officials knew they had to look elsewhere to create jobs.
They think they've found a start with Axiom Technologies.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Rachel /NEwsroom Pod;]

Business Reporter Rachel Cannon is here to explain why.
[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Newsroom Pod]
[SUPER=@Rachel1; ]

Keith, The company announced today it's moving its headquarters to Martinsville. Axiom makes products for defense and homeland security. The decision to re-locate means bringing hundreds of jobs to the region, an area that is still recovering from layoffs.
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[SUPER=01-Eugene Belousof/President Axiom Technologies; 1:11]
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((NATS Governor Mark Warner describes the news as an early Christmas present. What ever the season, Martinsville officials are happy to hear about the 5-million dollar investment and 250-new jobs.

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((GENE TEAGUE/MARTINSVILLE MAYOR; WE DO LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH AXIOM TECHNOLOGIES TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESFULL ENTERPRISE AND ONE OF THE AREAS LARGEST EMPLOYERS. ))
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Axiom will look for employees immediately. Renovation to their new location, the former Coca-Cola bottling plant, is already on track. Average employee pay will be 14-dollars an hour. Officials hope Axiom is just the start of hi-tech in Southside.
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((THIS IS ENTIRELY NEW TYPE OF BUSINESS FOR THIS AREA THAT PROVIDES DIVERSIFICATION FROM OUR TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES AND PRODUCTS WE ARE CONVINCED OTHER COMPANIES THAT NEED QUALITY EMPLOYEES LOW COST OF LIVING AND A GREAT QUALITY OF LIFE WILL FOLLOW.))
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Axiom makes ceramic materials and high-end electrical components, Its President is a native of the former Soviet Union. He says he's bringing the business to Martinsville because of the available workforce, city government cooperation and economic incentives. Local officials describe his success in business as a real American Dream
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((EUGENE BELOUSOF/PRESIDENT AXIOM TECHNOLOGIES; IF THERE IS ONE THING I LEARNED ABOUT AMERICA IS THIS - A GREAT COUNTRY CAN ONLY BE MADE BY GREAT PEOPLE AND I HAVE HAD OVER THE YEARS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MAY OF THEM AND THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING MAY THEM AND THEN WORKING WITH MANY OF THEM. ))
[OUT Q=MANY OF THEM].))
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[LIVE= Rachel /FULL NEwsroom Pod]

As is the case with many new job announcements, officials say it was state grants, in this case totaling 5-hundred thousand dollars, that helped Virginia win the project over other states.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Rachel & Keith/NEwsroom Pod]

But Keith, officials are more pleased that this company is providing 21st Century jobs they say that's exactly what the region needs.

[DMV]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-39 TC1:27:23]
[GRAPHIC=DMC Closings]


The days of long lines and delays at the DMV may be over.
That's if Governor Warner gets his way.
Today, the Governor made a major announcement at the D-M-V office in Roanoke.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Justin /Microwave;]


Justin McLeod was there and is at CrossRoads Mall with details. Justin?
Keith, you could call it a much deserved early Christmas present.
[LIVE=Justin /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@justin1]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


It is after all been more than a month since the state closed 12 DMV offices across the state leading to angry complaints by politicians and customers.
Today, the Governor said help is on its way.
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[McKinney]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-44 TC1:12:01]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]

The sheriff's department in Henry County arrested a suspect today in a shooting death in Fieldale about six weeks ago.

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[V/O-SILT] Forty year old Arthur McKinney of Martinsville was charged with first- degree murder and robbery. He's accused of killing 25-year old Charles Antwan Saunders.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Murder Invest.]

It happened around three o'clock on a Sunday morning, October 27th at Saunders' home on Clyde Prillaman Drive. Saunders had been shot in the head.

[Groot]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=rle]
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Attorneys for one of the sniper suspects will get assistance from a lawyer in our area.
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[VO-NAT]
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Washington and Lee Law Professor Roger Groot and a group of W&L students with the school's Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse have been asked to assist in the defense of 17 year-old John Lee Malvo. Groot says the group will assume a consulting role, but there are no specific plans to meet with the teenager. He adds this case will be unique because of the publicity it has attracted, and it will be the first test of the state's terrorism laws that went into effect this summer.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith ]
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Still ahead onNews 7 at Six, defenders of Richard Burrow take the stand in his fraud trial.
They say they'd want him on the job again.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus a 36 foot piece of the World Trade Center is now a memorial right here in Southwest Virginia.
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[Burrow]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-41 TC1:19:20]
[GRAPHIC=Richard Burrow]


A retired Roanoke banker with a reputation as a prolific fundraiser took the stand today on behalf of former D-Day director Richard Burrow.
Burrow is charged with fraud for his role in acquiring millions of dollars to help build the war memorial in Bedford.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Steve/L'Burg Bureau;]


Steve Smallshaw joins us from Lynchburg, Steve what are some of the key points from today's testimony?
[LIVE=Steve/FULL L'Burg Bureau]
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Warner Dalhouse is well known in the Roanoke area for his decades of work as a banker and years of experience as fundraiser for non-profit organizations.
With that background in mind, Dalhouse testified today it's his opinion Richard Burrow did nothing wrong in the way he raised funds for the D-Day Memorial.
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(( When it comes to expert testimony, it's hard to come more qualified than Warner Dalhouse.
Dalhouse spent 44 years as a banker and has been involved in fundraising for the past ten years.
Attorneys for Richard Burrow called Dalhouse to rebut the government's claim that Burrow misled banks and the state into lending millions of dollars to the D-Day memorial.
Dalhouse says non-profits routinely use bank loans to secure matching state grants.. and that undocumented pledges are routinely used as collateral to secure those loans.
In Burrow's case, most of the 2-point-4 million dollars in pledges he listed on his loan applications never materialized...the government calls that fraud.
The defense got another boost when former D-Day Foundation chairman Bob Slaughter took the stand and told the jury Burrow was always forthcoming about the foundation's financial situation and that he would hire him again if he had to start the project all over. ))
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[LIVE=Steve/FULL L'Burg Bureau]
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Prosecutors were quick to point out that both Dalhouse and Slaughter are friends of Richard Burrow, who have contributed to his legal defense fund.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Steve/L'Burg Bureau;]


The trial continues tomorrow and may even last into Monday.

[Wilder-Lott]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-43 TC1:52:51]
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Two of Virginia's most prominent politicians reacted today to the controversy surrounding Senate Republican leader Trent Lott.
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[SUPER=04-Last Week]


Lott is under fire over comments he made about segregation.
Lott has apologized, saying his words were "insensitive."
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


But former Democrat Governor Doug Wilder says the issue is far bigger than just a mistake of a few words.
And he thinks the incident could be damaging for Republicans.
Lott's colleague, Senator George Allen, says it was an "unfortunate choice of words".
But says he does NOT think that Lott needs to resign.
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((SENATOR GEORGE ALLEN: NO I DON'T THINK HE SHOULD STEP DOWN, NOT FROM WHAT I KNOW. I KNOW TRENT LOTT. I KNOW HIS INTEGRITY. I KNOW HIS STANCE ON ISSUES THAT ARE RELEVANT TODAY AND I'VE SEEN NOTHING FROM MY TWO YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE WHICH WOULD CHANGE THAT.))
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[VO-NAT]


President Bush said today that Lott's comments do not reflect the spirit of America.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Stocks settled for a mixed close today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW fell 51 points.
NASDAQ gained three.
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[Xmas-Store]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-42 TC1:57:58]
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The Montgomery County Christmas store has provided clothing and toys to hundreds of families now for 20-years.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens says it's gotten this far with a little love and a lot of dedication.
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((What started out as a church Sunday school project, has now become one of the biggest charity events in Montgomery County.
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[RUNS :05] (( I DON'T THINK WE REALLY REALIZE THE IMPACT AND HOW SUCCESSFUL IT WOULD BE 46:40)) LaVina (La VYH-nuh) Tyndall and Sally Bohland were among the group of people who started the Montgomery County Christmas Store 20-years ago. They got the idea from an article they read in a magazine.
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[RUNS :11] ((LAVINA TYNDALL & SALLY BOHLAND/STORE FOUNDERS: WE WANTED TO TRY AND HAVE CHRISTMAS WITH DIGNITY. IN OTHER WORDS, RATHER THAN TAKING BASKETS TO FAMILIES, TO BE ABLE TO ALLOW FAMILIES TO SHOP FOR THEMSELVES 43:52)) Inside a warehouse, the store was created to resemble an actual department store, where low-income families are able to shop for gifts with points, versus cash.
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[RUNS :12] (( THAT FIRST YEAR WE DID EVERYTHING THE TWO OF US ALONG WITH NANCY BOWMAN AND SOME OTHER DEDICATED GROUP OF HELPERS. WE RAN ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS AND I GUESS WE DIDN'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE DOING BUT I GUESS WE DID IT ALRIGHT 44:59)) [STANDUP] [RUNS :10] ((REPORTER: ACTUALLY, YOU CAN SAY THEY DID MORE THAN ALRIGHT. THAT FIRST YEAR, THE CHRISTMAS STORE SERVED ABOUT 260-FAMILIES. LAST YEAR, ELEVEN HUNDRED.)) And the hundreds of volunteers and donors who work to make the store what it is today are hoping the numbers will grow even larger.
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[RUNS :07] ((THEY SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE, THAT BLACKSBURG COULDN'T WORK WITH CHRISTIANSBURG BUT WE PROVED THEM WORNG AND HERE WE ARE 20-YEARS LATER 44:25))
[SOT 46:29][COVER BETWEEN BITES!!!]

[RUNS :05] ((WE'VE GROWN OLD WITH IT OUR CHILDREN HAVE GROWN OLD WITH IT SO IT'S BEEN WONDERFUL 46:34)) Myranda Stephens, News 7, Christiansburg.))
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[ANCHOR=KEITH]
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All of the items in the Christmas Store are either donated or purchased through grants.

[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Skins' defensive boss is staying put, Magna Vista's ineligible player was an all-district performer.
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[VO-NAT]

And this championship Saturday in high school football has the potential for one district to claim two crowns in one afternoon.
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[S-Magna]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-136 ]
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A clerical error appears to be the reason why an ineligible player was able to slip through the cracks and play this season for Magna Vista. Unfortunately, the error will cost the Warriors all 11 of their wins from this season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00]

Michael Penn, a star receiver for the team who earned all-district honors was deemed legal to play according to the school's athletics' office which indicated he enrolled in high school in 1999. His official student record shows he actually enrolled in 1998 which put him in violation of the VHSL's semester rule.
That rule states that athletes cannot be enrolled more than 8 consecutive high school semesters. This is currently his 9th semester.
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[S-Seminole]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-137 224TC]
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The high school football season comes to close this weekend with doubleheader championship games set for Richmond, Lynchburg and Harrisonburg. But the "Money Maker" for the Virginia High School League on Saturday will at Liberty University in Lynchburg. At 12:30 - Liberty high school will play New Kent for the division three championship, and then on that same field at four, Heritage takes on Lafayette for the division four crown. It's two local Lynchburg area teams - who have a chance to get two state titles for the same district if they can pull off a "Seminole Sweep."
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[SUPER=01-Carlton Booth/Liberty Center & Linebacker; :32]
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[SUPER=01-Tyler Dinwiddie/Liberty Defensive Back; 1:02]
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[TALENT=MIKE]
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Be sure to join us tomorrow night for the 17th and final edition of Friday Football Extra for this season. We will preview all four of tomorrow's state championship as Heritage, Liberty, William Campbell and George Wythe try to capture the gold. That's the season finale of Friday Football Extra tomorrow night at 11:35.

[S-Lewis]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-134 1924TC]
[GRAPHIC=REDSKINS]

Redskins' defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis has said no thanks to Michigan State for the second time this week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carlisle, PA/July; :00]

Monday Lewis told the Redskins he was not going to take the Michigan State head football job. But then the Spartans wouldn't take no for an answer and offered him a 5 year deal worth $7 and a half million dollars. Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo also got involved the in push to persuade Lewis to leave the Skins. But late last night the two parties broke off negotiations. A school official says the job was never formally offered to Lewis.
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[S-James]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-133 TC15333]
[GRAPHIC=BASKETBALL]

High school hoops will be in the national spotlight this evening as Oak Hill takes on Akron's St.Vincent/St. Mary, which features the best player in the country in Lebron James.
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[VO-NAT]


The game will have a national cable audience. But James games have been broadcast on the pay per view system in Ohio all of this season. The 6 foot 8, 250 pounder shares a December 30th birthday with Tiger Woods and wears the same jersey number, 23, as Michael Jordan. A local ticket brokerage is selling tickets for tonight's game at Cleveland State for 100 dollars.
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[OVB-Memorial]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=02-49 TC14:23]
[GRAPHIC=9-11 WTC]

A private firm in Salem is honoring the victims of 9/11 with a memorial that brings a piece of history to the Roanoke Valley.
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[SUPER=03-Salem;]

Old Virginia Brick bought these steel beams out of the rubble of the World Trade Center more than a year ago, stripped off the insulation and coated the girders with a protective epoxy. Today the beams were hoisted in place by crane, with a flagpole added to the top.
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((FLETCHER SMOAK/OLD VIRGINIA BRICK COMPANY; IT KIND OF TOOK ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN. WE THOUGHT WE'D SPEND FIVE-TO-TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS ON IT, AS IT GONE IT'S 40-THOUSAND AND CLIMBING. BUT IT'S SOMETHING THE COMPANY WANTED TO DO, THE DIRECTORS, THE OFFICERS, AND THE EMPLOYEES.))
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The beams weigh more than 14-thousand pounds and are 36 feet high, and the flagpole adds more than 20 feet to the memorial's height. Company officials hope to hold a formal dedication in April. In the meantime the memorial is open to the public. (------------)