[Short]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Jennifer Short]
[ENG#=1]


Authorities investigating the murder of a Henry County family have headed back to Canada.
Two sheriff's officers visited an airstrip in British Columbia yesterday to search for clues about a mystery woman who may
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


have information about the slayings of Michael and Mary Short, as well as the kidnapping and murder of their daughter, nine- year- old Jennifer.
The couple was found dead in their home in Bassett in August of last year.
Jennifer's remains were found a little more than a month later in North Carolina.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[SS=none]


A Canadian official says the American authorities are trying to establish a time line that may connect a ``person of interest'' to the slayings.
That person may have had contact with the woman.

[Janklow]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=2]


South Dakota Congressman Bill Janklow say he's resigning from office following his manslaughter conviction.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Flandreau, SD;]


He'll effectively step down January 20th, the same day he'll be sentenced for hitting and killing a motorcyclist over the summer.
Janklow was also convicted yesterday of reckless driving, running a stop sign, and speeding.
He could receive up to 10 years in prison.
Had he stayed in office, he would have also faced an investigation from the U-S House ethics committee.
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[Gore-Dean]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Howard Dean]
[ENG#=3]


A major announcement in the race for President--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Al Gore, who nearly won the White House three years ago, has decided to endorse Democratic candidate Howard Dean.
The announcement takes place later this morning in New York City's Harlem neighborhood, and could very well rocket Dean far beyond his competition.
At a fundraiser last night, Dean chose not to mention the endorsement, but did say THIS after being prompted by the audience.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm having a]

((HOWARD DEAN/D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'M HAVING A GOOD TIME RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BUT I WOULD RATHER HAVE AL GORE IN THE WHITE HOUSE INSTEAD OF GEORGE BUSH. ))
[SUPER=01-Howard Dean/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=instead of George Bush.]
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[VO-NAT]


During his campaign, Dean has been critical of the President and has taken an anti- war stance.
That's kept much of the democratic party's elite from endorsing him.
But the consensus is today's announcement could make Dean the overwhelming favorite to claim the party's nomination.

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[Football-Fleming]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Colonels]
[ENG#=4]


The William Fleming Colonels led the charge against Magna Vista last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Warriors vs. Colonels; ]

They beat the Warriors 13 to 8. The Colonels will now play Powhatan for the division four state title this coming Saturday at 12:30 at Liberty University.
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[11Fleming-Game]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-36 TC2:04:51]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]


The city of Roanoke got a chilly reception from fans after the game was postponed twice due to last week's winter weather. It was supposed to be played on Saturday, then Sunday.
Many fans want to know what took so long.
Justin McLeod has the answer.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kerri Patrick/Football Fan; :10]
[SUPER=04-Friday; :15]
[SUPER=01-Mina Boyd/Director of Civic Facilities; :59]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:22]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]

((((NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
On a cold blustery night, William Fleming and Magna Vista finally faced off on the football field.
[SOT 1:07:39]
[IN Q=It's just kinda]

((KERRI PATRICK/FOOTBALL FAN: IT'S JUST KINDA FUN JUST BEING OUT HERE SO I AM TRYING NOT TO THINK ABOUT THE COLD, JUST TRYING TO THINK WARM THOUGHTS.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=think warm thoughts]


Some of that warmth was needed last week.
A snowstorm on Thursday and another on Friday dumped several inches of snow at Victory Stadium.
As a result, the football game was postponed twice.
That's because it would take city crews more than three days to remove all the snow.
[SOT 1:09:34; 1:08:12]
[IN Q=I felt they could]

((CAHTERINE KEITH/FOOTBALL FAN: I FELT THEY COULD HAVE WORKED A LITTLE BIT FASTER.)) ((BRIDGET NELSON/FOOTBALL FAN: I THINK THEY COULD HAVE DONE IT IN A TIMELY MANNER BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE SITUATION WAS.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=the situation was]


The situation city officials say was a difficult one.
The Civic Center which is in charge of maintenance at Victory Stadium believes it made no sense to send out crews until the snow ended.
Even then, workers could only use a few pieces of equipment because parks and rec was using theirs to clear the streets.
Despite the obstacles, city officials say they did a good job.
[SOT 18:45:04]
[IN Q=Our staff did a]

((MINA BOYD/DIRECTOR OF CIVIC FACILITIES: OUR STAFF DID A COMMENDABLE JOB AND THEY FEEL VERY CRUSHED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TREATED AS THOUGH THEY WEREN'T DOING ANYTHING. THEY HAVE WORKED HARD.)) [Runs09]
[OUT Q=worked hard]


That may be true but consider this.
There were sixteen state semi final games scheduled for this past weekend.
The only game west of Charlottesville that failed to happen is the one at Victory Stadium.
[SOT 1:10:42]
[IN Q=Other places that]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: OTHER PLACES THAT HAD FOOTBALL GAMES LIKE BATH COUNTY CALLED IN VOLUNTEERS TO REMOVE ALL THE SNOW SOMETHING THE CITY OF ROANOKE SAYS IT MAY HAVE TO DO IN THE FUTURE IF THIS EVER HAPPENS AGAIN. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.)) [Runs14]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]))



[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[11Salem-Parade]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-48 TC32:13]
[GRAPHIC=wipe]
[ENG#=2]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]


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[SOT]
[IN Q=nat drumming]

((NAT DRUMMING))
[SUPER=03-Salem]
[RUNS=:03]
[OUT Q=nat dumming]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Salem's Christmas parade stepped off last night... a few days late.
The parade was scheduled for last Friday, but like many other communities, the snow changed that.
With five marching bands and 90 entries, it's known as the largest holiday parade in Southwest Virignia.
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[11Gaither-Tickets]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-51 TC17:52]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


There's still an opportunity for those who missed last week's Gaither Homecoming show at the Roanoke Civic Center to see a concert.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Thursday]


Two shows went on as scheduled last Thursday at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Though many braved the weather, some folks stayed home.
(XXXXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN PHONE NUMBER]
Those who missed the Gaither Concert can now exchange their unused tickets for any other Gaither Homecoming event.
For more information you can call 1-888- 217-0301. [TAKE WDBJ WEBPAGE FS]
And for a list of other scheduled Gaither events, you can go to our webpage at WDBJ7.com and click on Websites in the News.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]


The Civic Center also announced some other big shows...
3 Doors Down will play on January 17.
Alan Jackson and Martina McBride come to town on February 26.

[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]


In business news, The Federal Reserve will meet later today.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:32]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]


((> IT'S FED DAY ON WALL STREET... FEDERAL RESERVE POLICYMAKERS MEET ON > CAPITOL HILL TODAY TO DISCUSS THE FATE OF INTEREST RATES... MOST > ECONOMISTS EXPECT FED CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN AND COMPANY TO LEAVE RATES > UNCHANGED.. BUT THEY WILL BE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO WHAT THE FED HAS TO > SAY ABOUT THE ECONOMY. > > ON WALL STREET.. THE DOW MAY MAKE ANOTHER RUN AT 10-THOUSAND....A LEVEL IT > HASN'T REACHED IN NEARLY TWO YEARS. > > YESTERDAY, THE DOW CLOSED UP 102 POINTS HIGHER AT 9965 > > THE NASDAQ ADDED 11 POINTS > > ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: > Texas Instruments whose chips run more than half the mobile phones sold > last year, boosted its fourth-quarter sales and profit forecasts. > Texas Instruments says demand for new types of mobile phones that have > cameras and MP3 audio players is driving chip sales. > > ANOTHER MUTUAL FUND COMPANY IS IN HOT WATER WITH THE FEDS..THIS TIME IT'S > M-F-S.. The SEC alleges that fund prospectuses of Boston-based MFS made > ``false and misleading'' statements about trading known as market timing. > > ONE THIRD OF AMERICANS SAY THEY USED THE REFUND CHECK THEY RECEIVED > EARLIER THIS YEAR FROM PRESIDENT BUSH'S TAX CUT PACKAGE TO MAKE PURHASES.. > 18% OF THOSE SURVEYED BY CAMBRIDGE CONSUMER CREDITPUT THE REFUND CHECK IN > THEIR SAVINGS ACCOUNT. Almost half used the money to pay off bills > including credit cards. Only 2% invested their refund check in the stock > market. > > track your stocks at cbs.mw.com. in ny i'm Alexis Christoforous.)) >

(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]


[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]
[ENG#=1]


Japan's Cabinet has approved a plan to send nearly a thousand soldiers to help in the reconstruction of Iraq.
It's the biggest deployment of Japanese troops overseas since World War Two.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Mosul, Iraq;]


In other developments, after a soldier died in a drive-by shooting in Mosul, dozens of other troops have been injured by a car bomb in the same city.
The explosion went off near an army barracks this morning.
The U-S army says most of the injuries were caused by flying glass, and none was considered to be life threatening.


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[5-Mason-Dixon]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=503-02 1;17:28]
[GRAPHIC=Warner]
[ENG=2]



Most Virginians think Governor Mark Warner is doing a good job.... that's according to a new Mason Dixon poll released yesterday.
The poll also shows a majority of voters supports his tax reform package.
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[VO-NAT]


57 percent of the voters polled rate Warner's performance as "excellent" or "good."
That's an increase of three percent over last year.
Also, 56 percent say they support his new tax reform plan.
When asked about the individual components, 83 percent say they favor cutting the sales tax on groceries.
There is considerable less support for creating a new top state income tax rate of "six- and a quarter" percent.
Only 38 percent favor that.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


A spokesperson for the Republican Party of Virginia says the poll is good for Republicans.
He says the items with the most support, like eliminating the car tax and estate tax, are actually GOP initiatives.


[11Coles]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-41 TC1:21:09]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=3]


The mother of a Rocky Mount girl who was runover in a Christmas parade Sunday says she's just glad her daughter is alive.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Six-year-old Makayla Coles was riding on a float in the Retail Merchants Christmas parade, when one of the wheels pulled her to the ground and ran over her legs. She was taken to Roanoke Community hospital where she's recovering from some muscle damage to her leg.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=you can imagine]

((MARGARET COLES/MAKAYLA'S MOTHER: YOU CAN IMAGINE THE WORSE. IT'S LIKE OH MY GOD YOU KNOW, WE'RE JUST GRATEFUL SHE'S OKAY REALLY.))
[SUPER=01-Margaret Coles/Makayla's Mother;]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=she's okay really]
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[VO-NAT]

Makayla's father, who is a firefighter, was actually traveling in a float behind her when the accident happened. Makayla's mom says in spite of everything, her daughter hopes to take part in future parades.
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[11Korean-Teachers]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-45 TC 1:04:25]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=4]


Some South Korean teachers are hoping to take back some useful lessons, following a visit to the Roanoke Valley.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

A group of 18-middle and high school teachers from Seoul, Korea visited Fishburn Park Elementary yesterday, to learn about the school's gifted education program. Last year, the South Korean government required all provinces to implement a gifted education program in their schools. Now, the teachers are visiting schools across the Commonwealth as part of their training.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=they've been]

((SHIRLEY WHORLEY/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: THEY'VE BEEN MOST THRILLED AND WE HAVE ALSO, IN HAVING THEM VISIT US, AND WE OFFER THEM IDEAS AND STRATEGIES AND PROGRAMS ON WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER OUR STUDENTS IN THE ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS.))
[SUPER=01-Shirley Whorley/Roanoke City Schools;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=roanoke city schools]
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[VO-NAT]

Today the group will visit the Roanoke Valley Governor's school before heading to Chesapeke, to visit schools there.


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(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]




[Biz-Brief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]


In business news, The Federal Reserve will meet later today. It's expected that the Federal Open Market Committee will leave interest rates unchanged. Many analysts are interested in how the central bank describes the economic outlook. They say there's growing pressure on the fed to start setting the groundwork for a possible future rate increase. Now here's a look at your local stocks. [STOCKS] [COMM]

[Paws-Claws]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Paws Claws]
[ENG#=3]


Lifestyles of the rich and famous aren't just limited to PEOPLE anymore...
Now the latest trend among Hollywood's elite is to allow their pooches and kitties to share the same kind of pampering they enjoy.
(+++++++++++)

[TAKE FS Paws and Claws]
In this week's "Paws and Claws" segment, we'll see how celebrities are showering their four- legged friends with love and luxury.
Jen Rogers reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]
[SUPER=01-Karen Stein/Lifestylz;]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Rosker-Kelly/The Cat Hotel;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. David Bruyette/West Los Angeles Animal Hospital;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. William Farber/West Los Angeles Animal Hospital;]
[SUPER=01-Jen Rogers/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:51]
[OUT Q=Rogers, Los Angeles.]

((

SUSHI... ACCUPUNCTURE... 24-HOUR ROOM SERVICE... PAMPERING THE FAMILY PET HAS TAKEN ON NEW PROPORTIONS.
"Sushi, poochie sushi treats and all the food here is organic. There's no sugar, it's the right amount of fiber. this one has been purchased by Minnie Driver, Salma Hayek, Liza Gibbons."
IT'S NOT JUST CELEBRITIES SPENDING BIG TO KEEP THEIR LAP DOGS IN THE LAP OF LUXURY.
"There isn't anything that I can't believe. We've seen everything."
AT THIS CAT HOTEL... YOU CAN WATCH TV FROM THE PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN ROOM... WHILE ALSO WATCHING YOUR FIGURE.
"We have a lot of extrordinary diets like raw food diets."
WHATEVER YOUR CAT'S TASTES... NATURALLY HAVING A STAFF OF FIVE AT YOUR FELINE'S BECK AND CALL WILL COST YOU... A ROOM WITH A TV RUNS $35 A DAY. BUT THAT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO THE BOOMING BUSINESS OF ANIMAL HOSPITALS.
"We do a lot of orthopedic surgeries, knee surgeries, hip surgeries and a lot of cancer surgeries. Total hip replacement surgeries run around $4-4500. And then cancer surgeries, depending on the type of surgery and the type of aftercare afterwards can run $5,6,7000."
OF COURSE SOME OWNERS HAVE PET INSURANCE, BUT OTHERS GIVE THEIR CREDIT CARDS A WORKOUT... SPENDING FREELY ON THE LATEST TREATMENTS... HIGH-TECH OR ALTERNATIVE.
"I practice a lot of accupuncture, chiropractic; I use herbs, neutraceuticals, homeopathic agents, bachflower to try to complement what we're doing in terms of Western therapeutic measures."
NEW AGE MUSIC... (small nat pop)A SKILLED PAIR OF HANDS... A DOG DAY... MOST PEOPLE WOULD TAKE ANY DAY OF THE WEEK. JEN ROGERS, LOS ANGELES.
))


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[11drunk-driving]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-40 TC 1:49:04]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Alcohol-related deaths are on the rise in Virginia.
Last year more than 350-people died in drunk driving crashes. That's a one percent increase from the previous year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]


Like many agencies in the region, the Montgomery County sheriff's office has begun a new campaign to reduce those numbers. The office is stepping up patrols and holding random D-U-I checkpoints. Deputies are also going into neighborhoods, trying to raise awareness that drinking and driving don't mix.
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[SOT:4:36:02:00]
[IN Q=It's still a problem]

((DEP. JIMMY BOWYER/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: IT'S STILL A PROBLEM A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES AND THEY ASSUME THEY WON'T BE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT. IT WON'T HAPPEN TO ME.))
[SUPER=01-Dep. Jimmy Bowyer/Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Department]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=happen to me]
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities say you can also help by serving a lot of food at your holiday parties and controlling the amount of alcohol served. (------------)