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[ANCHOR=Jean]

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[WRITER=jja]
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Coming up on News 7 -
Roanoke police identify the woman found dead in Roanoke Wednesday.
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[vo-nat]
A twister tears through a Walmart store injuring dozens.
Plus the show is called Scrooge but the people seeing it are anything but that.
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[Talent=Jean]


Skater Scott Hamilton ties the knot.
News 7 is coming up next.

[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=]




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[VO-NAT]


This is the woman found dead yesterday morning in Roanoke.
Police now need your help to find out more about her.
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[ANCHOR =Jean]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]



[NEwton]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=]
[TAPE#02-53 TC04:47]
[GRAPHIC=Newton]


Roanoke police tonight identified the woman as 25- year old Anna Marie Newton.
But they still know little about her. [***NEWTON IN MONITOR***]
[Double Boxes=Jean and Justin/Pulpit]


Justin McLeod joins us with more on what police are looking for.
Jean, Anna Marie Newton's most recent address was in the Vinton area.
[Live=Justin Full/ Pulpit]
[SUPER=@Justin1;]


Police say she moved around a lot and that's making their investigation more difficult.
They're trying to put together a timeline and gather more information about Newton's friends and jobs.
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[VO-NAT]


That's why police released these photos late tonight.
A spokesperson said they were taken in 1998 and were on file in the police department.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday Morning]


Newton was found dead in the woods off Shenandoah Avenue yesterday morning.
The medical examiner still has not determined a cause of death, but investigators are treating the case as suspicious.
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[Live=Justin Full/ Pulpit]


Police say they did find one family member in the Vinton area, but that person couldn't add much about Anna Marie Newton's life.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE CRIMELINE FS]
If you know anything about Newton or saw anything suspicious in the 38-hundred block of Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke police ask you to call them or Crimeline at 344-8500
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[Double Boxes=Jean & Justin/Pulpit]



[Pulley]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=02-39 TC1:37:37]
[GRAPHIC=Pulley]


We could know as early as tomorrow whether remains found in North Carolina are that of a missing Pittsylvania County woman.
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[VO-NAT]


37-year-old Patty Jo Pulley disappeared from her home near Ringgold in May of 1999.
[SUPER=03-Caswell Co., NC/May 1999]


Several searches along the Virginia-North Carolina border helped locate Pulley's car, but no trace of her.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=HOLD]


Yesterday, a passerby spotted human remains near a bridge on Route 158 in Caswell County, North Carolina.
Pittsylvania County authorities have sent along Pulley's dental records on the chance they could help identify the body.

[Mississippi-Tornado]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=]
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A tornado tore through a Mississippi town today injuring 50 people- two critically.
The twister ripped through a Walmart store packed with holiday shoppers.
Jeff Rent is in Mississippi with more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Newton, MS; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jackie Knight/Newton Co., MS Sheriff; :44 QUICK!!! ]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Rent/CBS News; :49]
[RUNS=:59]
[OUT Q=for CBS News.]

((IT DOESN'T LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS IN NEWTON, MISSISSIPPI ... WHERE A FAST-MOVING TORNADO RIPPED THROUGH SEVERAL STORES ... FILLED WITH HOLIDAY SHOPPERS. "Rumbling ... then it was all over." PEOPLE INSIDE THIS WALMART WATCHED IN DISBELIEF ... AS THE TORNADO HIT THE FRONT OF THE STORE ... THEN TORE OFF PART OF THE ROOF. OTHERS SHARED SIMILAR EXPERIENCES. "The lights went out, then they popped back on. Then I saw a big cloud coming to us ... and we ran into the cooler." DOZENS OF INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE STORM ALSO DAMAGED CARS, A FIRE STATION, AND A LA-Z-BOY FURNITURE FACTORY. AND MANY RESIDENTS ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER. JACKIE KNIGHT/NEWTON COUNTY SHERIFF: "I've been sheriff 7 years. It's the worst thing I've seen since I've been sheriff." MISSISSIPPI'S GOVERNOR HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY, AND THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS COME HERE TO HELP IN THE RECOVERY EFFORT. IN NEWTON, MISSISSIPPI, I'M JEFF RENT FOR CBS NEWS.))

[Lott]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Trent Lott]


Virginia's two U-S Senators are the first in the nation to say they'll back Bill Frist to replace Trent Lott as Senate Majority Leader.
John Warner and George Allen are the first to speak publicly in support of Frist- He is a surgeon and Senator from Tennessee.
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[SOT 11 server]
[IN Q=]

((SEN. JOHN WARNER/(R) VIRGINIA; I'M PLEASED TO JOIN THE BILL FRIST TEAM. IT'S GROWING VERY QUICKLY.))
[SUPER=@JohnWarner;]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=very quickly]
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[VO-NAT 13.5]


Frist has been testing the waters saying he would be happy to take over as Senate Majority leader.
Meanwhile criticism is piling up from Senate republicans over how Lott tried to extricate himself from the furor.
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[SOT 49 (FROM 5 SERVER)]

((SEN. JAMES INHOFE/R- OKLAHOMA; WHEN HE GOES ON TV AND IS TALKING TO A LARGE BLACK AUDIENCE ABOUT THINGS WELL I WISH I HADN'T VOTED THIS WAY. I'VE HAD A CHANGE OF HEART AND ALL OF THAT, THAT IS JUST LIKE SAYING WELL I WAS WRONG WHEN IN HIS HEART I KNOW HE DOESN'T BELIEVE HE WAS WRONG.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. James Inhofe/(R) Oklahoma;]
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[OUT Q=BELIEVE HE WAS WRONG]
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[VO-NAT 12 plus pad]


Lott is at the center of a firestorm for saying the nation would have been better off if a segregationist candidate had been elected President in 1948.
He says he'll keep fighting for his leadership position.
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[Kaine]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-44 TC1:20:12]
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Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine wants the state to stop passing the buck to localities.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Kaine says the state needs to pay more attention to the costs it pushes off on cities, counties and towns.
So he's proposing legislation to require lawmakers to look at the local fiscal impact of any bill.
If there is a cost to localities, he wants the state to fund it.
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[SOT 00:10:41]
[IN Q=IF IT'S IMPORTANT ENOUGH]

((LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TIM KAINE: IF ITS IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR IT TO BE THE STATE'S POLICY THE STATE OUGHT TO COVER THE COSTS OF IT BUT WE SHOULDN'T JUST BE FORCING LOCAL TAXPAYERS TO PICK UP THE TAB FOR THESE BILLS WHEN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY DOESN'T EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH THEY'LL COST.))
[SUPER=@Kaine]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=HOW MUCH THEY'LL COST.]
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[VO-NAT]


Kaine, a former mayor, says localities are often forced to carry the financial burdens of new initiatives.
He says his proposal will protect local taxpayers from the costs of these unfunded mandates.
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[College-Cuts]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-46 TC49:04]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]


State higher education leaders found out early where they stand in Governor Mark Warner's budget plan.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape;]


In a letter to Virginia Tech President Charles Steger, the governor announced he will NOT impose further reductions to higher education.
The news came in response to a letter STEGER wrote on behalf of the Council of Presidents, explaining why higher-ed CANNOT afford additional cuts.
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[SOT 6:13]
[IN Q=the good news]

((LARRY HINCKER/VT UNIVERSITY RELATIONS; THE GOOD NEWS IS THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE INCURRING FURTHER REDUCTIONS BUT THE BAD NEWS IS THAT WE STILL HAVE TO FIND WAYS TO ADAPT TO THE CURRENT BUDGET REALITIES 6:25))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/VT University Relations;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=current budget realities]
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia Tech has lost about 62-million dollars from state budget cuts this year, and will lose an additional eleven-million next year under those same cuts.
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[Scrooge]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-51 TC22:37]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Who says nothing in life is free?
Tonight, several thousand people received a special holiday treat and it cost them nothing.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF PLAY]

((NAT SOUND OF PLAY))
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF PLAY]
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[VO-NAT 18]


The musical Scrooge is back for its fifth holiday season at the Roanoke Civic Center auditorium.
A cast of 70 from the New Century Community Church puts on the show every year.
Cast members say the Charles Dicken's classic provides a perfect opportunity to tell an important message.
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[SOT 5:33]
[IN Q=He says at the beginning]

((THOMAS BROWN/CAST MEMBER: HE SAYS AT THE BEGINNING THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF SCROOGE IN ALL OF US AND I GUESS THAT'S TRUE, HIS EYES ARE OPENED TO HOW WONDERFUL LIFE CAN REALLY BE AND I GUESS IN A WAY THAT CAN AFFECT EVERYBODY.))
[SUPER=01-Thomas Brown/Cast Member; :]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=can affect everybody]
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[VO-NAT 11]


Admission to the show is free but the audience is encouraged to make a donation.
All proceeds benefit the ACTS 2 Inner-City Ministry and the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
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[SOT 1:17]
[IN Q=They do a men's]

((PASTOR JAY OWENS: THEY DO A MEN'S RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM FOR DRUG ABUSE AND THEY HAVE NOW A WOMEN'S RECOVERY PROGRAM, MOST RECENTLY THEY OPENED THEIR MEDICAL CLINIC AND SO THEY ARE REALLY DO SOME MAJOR THINGS HERE IN THE CITY FOR PEOPLE WHO MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO GET MEDICAL ATTENTION.))
[SUPER=01-Pastor Jay Owens/New Century Community Church]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=medical attention]
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[VO-NAT]


The show has become so popular the church added a fourth performance this year.
You can catch the play tomorrow night at eight and Saturday at three and eight o'clock.
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[PH-Concert]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=02-50 TC18:37]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF NUTCRACKER]

((NAT MUSIC))
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF NUTCRACKER]
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[VO-NAT]


Another holiday favorite attracted a large crowd in Roanoke tonight.
Several hundred people turned out for Patrick Henry High school's winter concert.
More than fifty performers took part in this year's event which featured a collection of traditional sounds of the season.
The Roanoke City school system is one of the few in the area to have a string orchestra along with a concert band.


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[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


The government says money is being funneled to Iraq and the path starts right here in Roanoke.
We'll explain how next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus war with Iraq may be closer than ever before... as the White House dismisses the country's 12-thousand page weapons report.
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[Sports-preview]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Hey, everybody..]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=in just a few."]

((Hey, everybody. Travis Wells here in the News 7 Sports Office. Coming up later, we'll put the wraps on another high school football season with highlights from the annual Friday Football Extra Awards banquet. Plus the Hokies talk about the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl. And this Hokie receives some bad news today. Sports is on the way in just a few.))

[Iraq-Money]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-41 TC1:36:40]
[GRAPHIC=Almaliki]

A Roanoke man was arrested by U-S Customs agents today- -part of a nationwide dragnet of suspects in a money laundering scheme to send 12 million dollars to Iraq. Malik Almaliki (ma-LEAK al-ma-LEK-ee) may not have known exactly where the funds were going, say federal agents. But an indictment un-selaed in Seattle today alleges Almaliki collected more than 100-thousand dollars for transmission overseas.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Customs Agent David Wilhelm says the funds went by way of banks in England and many parts of the Middle East.
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[SOT 2:40:20]
[IN Q=]

((DAVID WILHELM/U. S. CUSTOMS AGENT; THE MONEY IS BASICALLY ROUTED IN AN INDIRECT WAY AND ULTIMATELY TO THE INTENDED DESTINATION.))
[SUPER=01-David Wilhelm/U. S. Customs Agent]
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[OUT Q=intended destination.]
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

The government charges Almaliki violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act that was enacted under the first Bush Administration in 1990. Customs Agents seized a computer and software from Almaliki's apartment on Westover Avenue in Roanoke last February. They apprehended him this morning on the job at a local auto dealership.

[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]


Meanwhile, the U-S is not happy with Iraq's resolution to disarm- saying it's not worth much.
Scott Rapoport has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=@Powell;]
[SUPER=01-John Negroponte/U. S Ambassador to the U. N.;]
[SUPER=01-Hans Blix/Chief U. N. Weapons Inspector;]
[SUPER=01-Mohammed Salmane/Iraqi Ambassador to U. N.]
[Super=01-Scott Rapoport/CBS News;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=cbs News.]

((WAR MAY BE CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE NOW THAT THE WHITE HOUSE HAS REJECTED IRAQ'S 12-THOUSAND PAGE WEAPONS REPORT.
(SOT: Colin Powell/U.S. Secretary of State)

Iraq's response is a catalog of recycled information and flagrant omissions. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALLY DECLARED IRAQ IN VIOLATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTION THAT REQUIRED IRAQ TO REVEAL ANY WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
(SOT: John Negroponte/U.N. Ambassador)

" Iraq has again defied the counsel's demands, and chosen deception and concealment over full disclosure." AND TOP U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS GAVE THEIR PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT: IRAQ HAS NOT DELIVERED WHAT IT PROMISED.
(SOT: Hans Blix/U.N. Weapons Inspector)

The absence of that evidence means of course that one cannot have confidence that there do not remain weapons of mass destruction. BUT IRAQ STANDS BEHIND ITS DECLARATION SAYING U-N INSPECTORS HAVE NOT FINISHED REVIEWING THE DOCUMENTS, SPECIFICALLY PORTIONS WRITTEN IN ARABIC. THEY SAY ONCE INSPECTORS TRANSLATE THAT PART, ALL OF THEIR QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED...AND ...
(SOT: Mohammed Salmane/Iraqs ambassador to the UN)

if they have evidence, let them present this evidence. UN INSPECTORS ARE INTO THEIR FOURTH WEEK OF WORK. NEARBY, IN THE GULF REGION, MORE THAN 50-THOUSAND U-S TROOPS ARE POISED FOR ATTACK AND THE NUMBER OF TROOPS COULD DOUBLE COME JANUARY.
(STAND-UP CLOSE: Scott Rapoport/CBS News)))



[Bedford-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=02-47 TC37:27]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

Fire heavily damaged a home in Bedford County today.
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[VO-NAT - :21+]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]

Around one o'clock today, a motorist saw smoke coming out of this home on Goode Road and called for help. Fire officials say the fire may have started by a wood stove in the basement. The home suffered heavy damage to the basement, and smoke and heat damage to the main floor. Nobody was home when the blaze sparked Fire officials say a pet ferret was killed in the fire.
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[Generette]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=02-45 TC48:18]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


A suspect in a Southside double murder is back in Virginia to face charges..
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[VO-NAT ]

Authorities say James Antonio Generette (JEN-ah-RETT-tee) was transported from Durham North Carolina to the Pittsylvania County Jail yesterday. He's being held with no bond.
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./November 14;]

The 27-year old is suspected in the murders of Willie and Clara Bell Harston. The 68 and 73 year old were found dead in their Blairs home November thirteenth when deputies arrived to do a well-being check. Autopsies showed the Harstons died of blows to the head.
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[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[SS=None]


The growing popularity of traditional music means a growing demand for traditional musical instruments, especially at Christmas.
That's still ahead on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus they're used to snow in North Dakota, but it can make a mess of rush hour even there.
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[Commercial]

[Hamilton]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Olympic Figure Skater Scott Hamilton skates into marriage.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]


He exchanged vows over the weekend in a private ceremony in Malibu with former nutrition counselor Tracie Robinson.


It is the first marriage for both.
The couple met two years ago.
Hamilton won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics, four U-S National Championships and four World contests.
The 44 year old was diagnosed with testicular cancer five years ago, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy.
Hamilton is now a television commentator and skating show producer.
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[ND-Snow]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=tco]
[TAPE#= ]
[GRAPHIC=WInter Weather]


People in North Dakota are used to seeing a winter wonderland, but this storm was unexpected.
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[VO-NAT 13:18:56 :23+ ]
[SUPER=03-Minot, ND]


Eight inches of snow hit Minot, North Dakota on Thursday making the morning commute almost impossible.
Many people did not heed the officals warnings and paid the price. Some motorist spun out of control, while others had to be towed.
Winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour in certain areas did not help the situation either.
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[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Tonight in sports, we'll reveal the big winners from tonight's Friday Football Extra Awards banquet and check in with the Hokies as they get ready for the city by the bay. Speaking of Tech, Josh Spence is the subject of tonight's extra point.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]


The former Floyd star has been advised to give up football after extensive testing by team doctors this week. Spence has had several concussions dating back to his high school days and may now try out for the Tech track team.
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[go to scores] [go to break]
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[OUTCUE=last score."]

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[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-127]
[GRAPHIC=FFE]


Last night, WDBJ-7 completed 19 seasons of Friday Football Extra with the annual awards banquet. Steve Mason has more on a special night from the Salem Civic Center.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Bell/Roy Stanley Miller Charity Foundation Pres.; :]
[SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Retired after This Season; :44 ]
[SUPER=01-Billy Miles/Group AAA Coach of the Year; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Brad Bradley/William Campbell Team of the Year; 1:31]
[SUPER=01-Chris Jones/Overall Coach of the Year; 1:49]
[SUPER=01-Marques Moore/Recipient of Roy Stanley Miller Scholarship; 2:22]
[SUPER=@Steve1; 2:45]
[RUNS=2:57]
[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-136 2220tc]
[GRAPHIC=VA TECH]

Virginia Tech returned to the practice field yesterday to begin preparations for the New Year's Eve Diamond Walnut Bowl against Air Force. Mike Stevens has more on how the team is warming up to the idea of playing in San Francisco.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Crawford/Virginia Tech Rover; :21]
[SUPER=01-Ronyell Whitaker/Va. Tech Senior Cornerback; 1:03]
[SUPER=@mike1; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 1:30]
[SUPER=01-Jake Grove/Virginia Tech Center; 1:44]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/Virginia Tech Quarterback; 1:57]
[RUNS=2:24]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-UVA]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=UVA]


The Virginia Cavaliers were back on the hardwood tonight and Pete Gillen's crew struggled with Gardner Webb. Freshman Derrick Byars poured in 20 points for the Hoos who held on to beat the Bulldogs 72 to 65. UVA plays Rutgers on Saturday.

[Music-Gifts]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-40 TC2:03:04]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas Shopping]


Musical instruments have always been a favorite gift during the holidays.
But with the recent popularity of roots music, sales of banjos, guitars and other folk instruments have soared.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Banjos line one wall at Fret Mill Music. And high-end acoustic guitars fill another room nearby.
The store is still feeling the effects of "O Brother Where Art Thou," the film that fueled a boom in bluegrass, blues, and early country music.
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[SOT 33:17]
[IN Q=We've always sold]

((KEN RATTENBURY/FRET MILL MUSIC: WE'VE ALWAYS SOLD FOLK INSTRUMENTS: BANJOS, MANDOLINS, DOBROS AND ACOUSTIC GUITARS, BUT I'D SAY SINCE THAT MOVIE CAME OUT QUITE A BIT MORE THAN WE EVER HAD. THE FUNNY THING IS I THINK THE BANJO BENEFITTED THE MOST, AND THERE'S REALLY NOT A BANJO TRACK IN THAT MOVIE.))
[SUPER=01-Ken Rattenbury/Fret Mill Music]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=not a banjo track in that movie.]
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[VO-NAT]


Rattenbury (RAT-en-burr-ee) hopes the trend continues, and says he's encouraged by the number of people learning to play folk instruments, and the region's deep-rooted musical traditions. (------------)