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Coming up on News 7-
Layoffs for state workers, but NOT as many as expected.
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A body is found at the Jefferson Lodge- the second found in the city of Roanoke.
Movie Fans go on a quest of their own to be the first to see the Lord of the Rings sequel.
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News 7 is next.

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Governor Warner is again about to drop the budget axe on state workers.
But this cut won't be nearly as deep.
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[Warner-budget]


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The budget Governor Warner will present to the General Assembly Friday will include fewer than 100 layoffs.
Sources told the Associated Press today the governor plans to minimize the number of layoffs by using the state's ``Rainy Day'' reserve fund, merging agencies and capturing some unspent cash balances.
Those options are possible only through legislation and weren't available in October.
That's when Warner ordered 18-hundred layoffs to deal with a two-billion dollar budget shortfall.
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The governor also says he has a plan to help the state detect and avoid shortfalls in the future.
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Warner is proposing that the state reforecast revenues at the first signs of an economic downturn.
The governor also wants more money put into the Rainy Day fund during times of extraordinary revenue growth.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: IT'S TIME TO START LOOKING TOWARDS A MORE HOPEFUL FUTURE. ITS ALSO NOT TOO SOON TO STEP BACK AND EXAMINE HOW WE GOT TO THIS POINT AND WHAT KIND OF SAFEGUARDS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO TRY TO PREVENT THIS KIND OF FISCAL AND FINANCIAL CRISIS FROM HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE.))
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Sources close to the governor say his Friday announcement will include some fee increase proposals and some reforms to strengthen the state's income tax collections.
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[Jefferson-Body]


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The second of two bodies found in Roanoke today has been sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Police found a man in a room at the downtown Jefferson Motor Lodge this afternoon. [***News 7 @ 11 Graphic***]
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Rachel Cannon was at the scene and joins us with more...Rachel? Jean, few details are being released about this investigation.
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We do know that it was the manager of the Lodge who found the body and called the police...
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He said he discovered the man just after 3 p-m in one of the rooms. He wouldn't say which room or for how long the person had been staying there. Officials say the body is that of 52-year old resident of Southwest Roanoke. They're not releasing his name because family members have yet to be notified. At this point, police are not saying how the man died. An autopsy will be performed.
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On the scene today an officer described the death as suspicious but Jean,
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at this hour, a police spokesperson will only say the case is under investigation.

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Police have still not released the name of a woman found dead this morning.
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A passer-by found the body around nine this morning in the woods near the intersection of Shenandoah Avenue and Honeysuckle Street.
Police say the body is that of a white woman in her 30's or 40's.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death. That may also help determine the woman's identity.
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[Salem-Shooting]


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The man who was wounded during an undercover drug investigation remains in the hospital tonight.
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State Police say 20-year old Michael Scott Peery was shot in the abdomen by Salem Police Officer Michael H. Brightwell Junior.
The incident occurred Tuesday night in a parking lot on Apperson Drive, as officers were trying to make an undercover drug buy. The two suspects fled, and police say the shooting occurred as the officers attempted to make an arrest.


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Peery remains in the hospital, but officials aren't releasing information on his condition.
The second suspect, 21-year old John Crozier Draper Junior of Roanoke, faces charges of drug possession with intent to distribute. Officer Brightwell has been placed on administrative leave until a State Police investigation is complete.


[Iraq]


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The U-S says its Saddam Hussein's last chance to come clean.
The world is waiting to hear what weapons inspectors have to say about Iraq's arms documents, while the White House continues to plan for a war.
Teri Okita has that story from Washington.
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((PRESIDENT BUSH IS GETTING READY TO ENTER A NEW PHASE OF THE U.S.- IRAQI CONFLICT. AIDES SAY THE PRESIDENT WILL LAUNCH A QUOTE "DELIBERATIVE PROCESS" ... THAT WILL PUSH THE PROSPECTS FOR WAR INTO NEXT YEAR. THE PLAN INCLUDES PRESSURING THE U.N. TO INTERVIEW SADDAM HUSSEIN'S SCIENTISTS OUTSIDE OF IRAQ ... ABOUT THE CONTENTS OF THE COUNTRY'S ARMS DECLARATION.
SOT: COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE

``Our analysis of the Iraqi declaration to this point ... shows problems with the declaration, gaps, omissions and all of this is troublesome TRACK: THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION STOPPED SHORT OF CALLING THE ALLEGED OMISSIONS A "MATERIAL BREACH" OF U-N DISARMAMENT ORDERS ONE THAT WOULD TRIGGER A MILITARY STRIKE. INSTEAD, THEY'RE WAITING TO SEE WHAT INSPECTORS HAVE TO SAY.
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I assure you, this President does not bluff Saddam Hussein will disarm. TRACK: BRITISH LEADERS ARE ALSO VOICING DOUBTS ABOUT THE ACCURACY AND TRUTHFULNESS OF IRAQ S DOSSIER AND SAY SADDAM'S CLAIMS HE HAS NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION WON T FOOL ANYONE. MORE THAN 12-THOUSAND U-S SOLDIERS ARE IN KUWAIT, AND THEY'VE BEEN STEPPING UP THEIR MILITARY EXERCISES IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS. KUWAIT WILL BE A KEY LAUNCHING PAD IF THE U-S DECIDES TO INVADE IRAQ. (Super: Teri Okita/Reporting) STANDUP: Intelligence sources say those troops could be some of Saddam's primary targets should he unleash weapons of mass destruction. They also say there's evidence he would destroy his own oil fields, power plants, and food supply ... and blame it on the U.S. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))

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Smoking will soon be banned in New York City workplaces including almost all bars and restaurants.
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City Council voted for the ban despite spirited objections from smokers and bar owners.
They say it lessens their rights and will hurt business.
But the Mayor says the city has the duty to protect workers from secondhand smoke.
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((I THINK BASED ON THE CA MODEL IT WILL NOT HAVE THE NEGATIVE BUSINESS EFFECTS THAT PEOPLE WERE AFRAID OF.)) [Butt to 1:14] ((JOEL RIVERA/COUNCIL MAJORITY LEADER: WE HAVE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL TO ONE ALLOW FOR THREE YEAR RESEARCH PERIOD TO ALLOW IF THE METHODS ARE EFFECTIVE.))
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[Vo-nat 13 plus pad]
The law goes into effect this spring- banning smoking in all restaurants, workplaces, and bowling alleys.
The exceptions include restaurants with special ventilated rooms, portions of outdoor cafes, private clubs, and cigar bars.
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[Philip-Morris]


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A judge says Philip Morris was at least partially responsible for a woman's cancer, but a jury's record-breaking 28-Billion dollar punitive-damages award is too much.
He's reduced it to 28-Million dollars.
64-year old Betty Bullock started smoking when she was 17 and last year was diagnosed with lung cancer that has since spread to her liver.
During the trial, Philip Morris did not try to defend its past actions.
Instead, it turned the spotlight on Bullock and her decision to smoke.

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Local health care professionals are meeting to discuss the health care crisis in America.
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A forum tonight in Roanoke addressed the double digit rising costs for services which is resulting in higher co-payments and deductibles. This is the second year that employers, insurance brokers and care providers are addressing the issue. While officials say there is no single answer to the crisis, understanding the system is key.
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((BURMAN CLARK/SPEAKER; EDUCATING THE CONSUMER ON WHAT'S ACTUALLY DRIVING THE COST BETTER INFO ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST CARD PROGRAMS HOW YOU CAN BETTER UTILIZE LOWER CO-PAYMENTS MORE INFORMATION ON HOW IMPORTANT NETWORK ARE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES.))
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Clark says the forum is also a way to inform local legislators on what they can do in Richmond to help consumers and employers who are struggling with rising costs.
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[Rings-Premiere]


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Movie fans stepped into Middle Earth tonight...
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as the much-anticipated second installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy hit the big screen.
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Here in Roanoke hundreds of fans tried to be among the first to see The Two Towers.
Hobbits and humans alike sold out this evening's shows at Carmike 10 Theater near Tanglewood Mall.
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A Blacksburg house goes for a ride.
We'll show you when News 7 returns.
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Plus the future of the World Trade Center site is a little clearer tonight.
We'll take a look at the options next.
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[Sports-preview]


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((Hey, everybody. Travis Wells here in the News 7 Sports Office. Coming up, Mike Stevens paints Salem red in preparation for Saturday's Stagg Bowl. But this signal caller won't attend the Stagg party. This linebacker will attend UVA and Jason Jaffray has been invited to the ECHL all star game. All that and then some on the way in just a few.))

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Attorney General John Ashcroft is promising to hunt down those who finance terrorism.
In fact, he says the government's already following through.
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Today he announced the indictment of seven people on charges of money laundering and sending computers to Syria and Libya.
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((JOHN ASHCROFT/ATTORNEY GENERAL; TERRORIST MONEY MEN SHOULD KNOW THIS. "WE ARE HUNTING DOWN THE MURDERERS YOU SUPPORT, AND WE WILL HUNT YOU DOWN. JUST AS WE WILL PROSECUTE THE TERRORISTS WHO PLANT THE BOMB, WE WILL PROSECUTE THE TERRORIST SUPPORTERS WHO WRITE THE CHECK.))
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Five of the suspects are in custody. They're employees of a Texas computer company that was raided more than a year ago.
The other suspects are a leader of the militant Hamas organization and his wife.
They're believed to be in the middle east.
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[Surry-Ferry]


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State Police are investigating a report of suspicious behavior by a group of people aboard a state-operated car ferry near a nuclear power plant in Surry County.
A V-DOT spokeswoman says transportation crews aboard the ferry overheard the group asking questions that seemed unusual. V-DOT then reported the incident to state police.
The Smithfield Times newspaper reports that the people on the ferry crossing the James River were asking about procedures that would be followed in a hijacking.
The paper also says the people were measuring the boat and asking about the depth of the water at the power plant -- and about the security at the power plant.
Surry officials say the plant is very safe and secure.

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The World Trade Center site is empty now, but architects are looking to the future.
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They're taking on the challenge of honoring September 11th victims.
These are some of the ideas they have- everything from glittering towers and moving memorials to parks and promenades.
All designs include a hotel, a mall and a memorial.
Four of the new proposals would create the tallest building in the world, but not all New Yorkers are happy about that.
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((I DON'T SEE GOING BACK TO THE TREMENDOUS SIZE IT WAS BEFORE.)) [BUTT TO ] ((I WOULD NOT SUPPORT ANY LARGE BUILDING ON THE SITE AT ALL.)) [NO SUPERS]
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Seven architectural teams from around the world are working on designs.
The architects hope a design will be chosen by January 31st.
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Administrators in the Rockbridge County School system say their budget situation is dire.
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Last year, the county had to make up a half-million dollar cut in state money, and school officials say it's likely the county can't come up with the additional funds again.
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((JAKE BURKS/ROCKBRIDGE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT; IN ORDER TO KEEP GOING FORWARD, IT'S GOING TO MEAN THE COUNTY HAS GOT TO COME UP WITH LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY. WE DON'T KNOW AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO SIT DOWN WITH THEM AND FIGURE OUT.))
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Members of the school board are meeting with architects to determine the costs of renovating some of the schools. Officials say in a worse case scenario, Mountain View and (Ef-in-jer) Effinger elementaries could be closed.
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[Black-House]


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History was made and moved today in Blacksburg.
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The Alexander Black House was built back in the early 1800s, and has stood at its original location on Main Street ever since.
But, in April, when the town decided to build a new downtown parking garage in its place, it didn't want to tear it down.
So, instead it hired a moving company to move it across the street.
Officials say they now hope to restore the house to its original condition and turn it into some type of cultural center or museum.
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Police, firefighters and churches in Central Virginia are all working together to help people in need.
Find out how next on News 7.
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And later, even Santa needs a little R and R before he hitches up the reindeer.
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[Victory-House]


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Families left homeless by fire or stranded by an unexpected emergency will soon have a place to turn to in Lynchburg.
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Victory Christian Fellowship church, along with the Lynchburg police and fire departments, announced plans today to build "Victory House".
The three-bedroom home will provide transitional housing to families who suddenly find themselves stranded without any resources.
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((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: WE'VE OFTEN IN POLICE SERVICE HAVE RUN INTO PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SERIOUS ACCIDENTS, THEY'VE LOST THEIR MODES OF TRANSPORTATION, THEY MAY BE VISITING FROM OUT OF TOWN THEY HAVE NOWHERE TO STAY, THIS IS GOING TO BE BOTH A PUBLIC SAFETY EFFORT AND OBVIOUSLY A MINISTRY FOR THIS CHURCH.))
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Officials need to raise about 50-thousand dollars to build and furnish the house.
They hope to start construction in April and have it ready to open by late May.
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[Riverviews]


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Central Virginia's first artists colony has finally moved from the drawing board to reality.
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City officials helped pound the first nails of the Riverviews project during a kickoff ceremony this afternoon.
The old, seven-story shoe warehouse will be renovated into living space and galleries for local artists.
Other retailers also plan on making the building their new home.
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((ANNE GANONG/ART SUPPLY STORE OWNER: I LOVE OLD BUILDINGS. AND OVERLOOKING THE RIVER IS JUST THE MOST PERFECT LOCATION I CAN THINK OF FOR INSPIRATION FOR AN ARTIST. IT'S WONDERFUL.))
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City leaders say Riverviews will be a key part of riverfront redevelopment efforts.
More than half of the residential units already have been leased.
Construction should be finished by next July.
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Coming up, we'll set the table for Saturday's Stagg Bowl, recruiting news concerning UVA, plus Jason Jaffray is an ECHL all-star, but first in tonight's extra point,
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Today, the coaching carousel stopped in Tuscaloosa for Washington State's Mike Price. Price was introduced as the new head coach at Alabama, calling the Crimson Tide post "the premier job in the world." Price spent 14 years at Washington State where the Cougs posted 10 and 2 records in each of the past two seasons.
His defensive coordinator Bill Doba will take over the reins in Pullman. Price will coach the Cougars in the Rose Bowl.
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[S-Hampton]


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The teams from Mount Union and Trinity, Texas will arrive in Salem tomorrow morning to continue preparations for Saturday's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. One guy who won't make the trip however, is Trinity quarterback Roy Hampton.
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The 23 year old Hampton was arrested on a public intoxication charge following the Tigers semifinal win over St. John's and has been suspended from the team.
Hampton threw for over 4 thousand yards and 43 TD's this season. His suspension opens the door for backup Dan Desplaines who saw action in nine of Trinity's 14 games this season, throwing for three touchdowns. His first start will come on Divsion Three's biggest stage.
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[S-Bowl]


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The game will kickoff Saturday at noon and there's plenty of work to do before then. Mike Stevens caught up with those folks in charge of getting Salem Stadium ready for the national championship.
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Virginia Cavalier football fans got two separate doses of good news yesterday afternoon. For starters, Al Groh and company received a commitment from offensive lineman Ian Yates-Cunningham. Cunningham is a 6-5, 300 pounder from Lewisville, Texas.
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To top that off, the Cavs top recruit from a season ago, linebacker Ahmad Brooks, has been officially accepted at Virginia. Earlier this winter Brooks finally achieved the required SAT scores needed for admission. Yesterday, Hargrave head coach Robert Prunty received the official paperwork from UVA, and Brooks will enroll in January and take part in spring practice.
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Louisville took the field tonight against Marshall in the GMAC Bowl while its coach, John L. Smith was entertaining an offer to be the next head coach at Michigan State. The two parties are scheduled to meet on Thursday.
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But first things first. Smith and the Cardinals had no answer for Byron Leftwich and the Herd. Leftwich was still hobbled by a nagging shin injury, but it hasn't mattered tonight. Leftwich has thrown for 252 yards and
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4 TD's. Marshall leads Louisville 38 to 7 in the fourth quarter.
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[S-ECHL]


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On the ice last night, the Roanoke Express dropped a 4-2 decision on the road at Atlantic City. Tim O'Connell and Frank Novock tallied goals for Roanoke. The team plays at Trenton on Friday.
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The news wasn't all bad for the Express. Roanoke's Jason Jaffray has made the ECHL All-Star game. Jaffray will suit up for the Northern Division in the January 21st game to be played in Florida. The rookie forward is the Express's leading scorer with 17 goals. Jaffray has also tallied 20 assists in 24 games.
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The NBA is on its way back to Charlotte in 2004 under the ownership of Washington, DC businessman Robert Johnson. Johnson is the founder of Black Entertainment Television, and becomes the first black majority owner in all of pro sports. He beat out Larry Bird in his bid for the Charlotte franchise.
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[Santa-Skiing]


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The holidays are in full swing in the mountains of West Virginia...
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and before he begins packing for the annual trip around the world, Santa hit the slopes today for a little relaxation.


Joined by Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and the Grinch the big guy spent the morning cutting the snow.
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