[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Myranda]

U-S troops capture the ace of spades of the military's most wanted Iraqi officials.
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[ENG#=1]
[VO-NAT]

And the storm is over, but officials say we may not be in the clear just yet.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Travis]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=Sports Head]
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Tonight in sports, college hoops from the ACC, Vick and the Falcons get humbled by Peyton and the Colts,
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[ENG#=2]
[VO-NAT]


just part of the NFL postseason picture which is starting to take shape.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Most of the precipitation is gone but some lingering snow showers can be expected in the mountains overnight along with some gusty winds. Details ahead. [Video-Open]
[NEWSCAST=6]
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[TAPE#=Video Open]



[ENG#=3]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=ladies and gentlemen]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=we got him (cheers)]
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[VO-NAT]

The search for Saddam Hussein is over, while the celebration of his capture is just beginning.
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[ANCHOR=Myranda]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]


Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

[Saddam]


[ANCHOR=Myranda]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Saddam Captured]
[ENG#=4]


Bearded and dazed, Saddam Hussein has come out of his hiding hole and is now in custody. One of the most intense manhunts in history ended without a shot fired in a remote region of Iraq where Saddam called home. Drew Levinson has more from Washington.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-]
[SUPER=01-Paul Bremmer/U.S. Administrator for Iraq; ]
[SUPER=02-Maj. Gen. Ray Odierno/Commander, 4th Infantry Division; ]
[SUPER=@levinson1; ]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=STD]

((IT IS AN IMAGE OF SADDAM HUSSEIN MANY IRAQIS THOUGHT THEY'D NEVER SEE....AND AN IMAGE THE AMERICANS WERE EAGER TO SHOW THE WORLD.
(SOT PAUL BREMMER/U.S. CIVILIAN ADMINISTRATOR FOR IRAQ)

"Ladies and Gentleman.....We got em...cheers
THE FORMER IRAQI DICTATOR -- WITH SCRAGGLY HAIR AND A THICK, GRAYING BEARD WAS ARRESTED LAST NIGHT NEAR HIS BIRTHPLACE OF TIKRIT. US TROOPS RAIDED A FARM AND UNDER A HOUSE--THERE WAS SADDAM--HIDING IN A NARROW HOLE.

(SOT: Voice of MAJ. GEN. RAY ODIERNO/COMMANDER, 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION)

"I think it was rather ironic that he was in a hole in the ground across the river from great palaces that he's built."
SADDAM LOOKED HAGGARD AND POWERLESS AND MUCH DIFFERENT FROM WHEN HE WAS IN CONTROL...BUT OFFICIALS SAY DNA TESTS CONFIRM HE IS THE FORMER BUTCHER OF BAGHDAD.

(SOT - PRESIDENT BUSH)

"I have a message for the Iraqi people -- you will have not have to fear the rule of saddam hussein ever again."

(nat - celebrations)


IRAQIS CELEBRATED THE NEWS BY FIRING GUNSHOTS IN THE AIR AND SHOUTING THEY GOT SADDAM.
WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED SADDAM DIDN'T PUT A FIGHT...TWO LOW-LEVEL MEMBERS OF HIS REGIME WERE ALSO ARRESTED AND SOLDIERS FOUND GUNS, A TAXI, AND MORE THAN 700-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN U.S. CURRENCY.

(quick nat)


BUT PRESIDENT BUSH MARKED THE MILESTONE WITH A DOSE OF CAUTION.

(SOT: BUSH)

"The capture of saddam hussein does not mean the end of violence in Iraq"

(nat)


JUST HOURS AFTER U.S. OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED SADDAM'S CAPTURE, A TRUCK CARRYING GASOLINE BARRELS EXPLODED IN CENTRAL BAGHDAD. IT'S NOT CLEAR WHETHER THE EXPLOSION WAS AN ACCIDENT OR A RESULT OF THE TURMOIL LEFT BEHIND BY SADDAM.

(STANDUP)

Saddam held at undisclosed loaction. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))

[Allen-Saddam]


[ANCHOR=Myranda]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Saddam Captured]

Virginia Republicans are praising the military for the capture of Saddam Hussein. In prepared statements, Senator George Allen and Congressman Bob Goodlatte hailed the capture as an opportunity for Iraq to move forward in peace. Goodlatte was visiting with soldiers at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany when the news broke.

[M'ville-Soldier]


[ANCHOR=Myranda]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-44 TC-1:09:27]
[GRAPHIC=Saddam Captured]
[ENG#=1]


A man from Martinsville is in the Army division responsible for Saddam's capture.
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[VO-NAT]


Lenny Kirby is a Master Sergeant with the Army's Fourth Infantry Division.
He's been in charge of processing prisoners near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]


He emailed his family today to tell them: "We got him."
But they're more excited about the fact that he'll be home for a visit in about a month.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's been exciting]

((Sharion France: It's been exciting but i'm glad that no danger came to him and soon he'll be coming home in one piece.)) ((Peaches Hampton/Mother: I WAS SURPRISED AND I WAS GLAD THAT IT'LL SOON BRING CLOSURE TO ALL OF THIS. ))
[SUPER=01-Sharion France/Sister; :00]
[SUPER=01-Peaches Hampton/Mother; :11]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=home in one piece.]
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[VO-NAT]


Kirby has been in Iraq since March and is based in Fort Hood, Texas.
His family keeps in touch with him mostly through phone calls to his wife.
He's not giving them much information about Saddam, though ... insisting everything is classified.
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[Winter-Wx]


[ANCHOR=Myranda]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-41 TC-1:28:54]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Wx]

It looks like the worst is behind us, but V-Dot officials warn freezing temperatures tonight could create treacherous road conditions into the morning.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda /Jennifer PATIO CAM;]

Jennifer Wishon joins us from Roanoke tonight. Jenn, how are the roads right now? Myranda, right now main roads are in pretty good shape besides the occasional slick spot.
[LIVE=Jennifer/FULL]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1; ]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]

However, some secondary roads still look more like iced over ponds. ((ROLLCUE: like iced over ponds...))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The second major storm of the]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :13]
[SUPER=01-Rick Coles/Roanoke Resident; :21]
[SUPER=01-Rick Singh/Swagat Indian Cuisine Manager; :34]
[SUPER=01-Lori Cundiff/Shopper; :52]
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Virginia Department of Transportation; 1:24]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=difficult to remove it]


((((NAT SOUND OF BULLOCK CHILDREN)) The second major storm of the season turned work into play and side streets into skating rinks. Conditions on primary roads improved as the day progressed, but accidents like this one on Interstate 81 in Christiansburg reminded motorists to take it slow.
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[SOT 23:50:59]
[IN Q=It's more like Christmas this way]

((RICK COLES/ROANOKE RESIDENT: IT'S MORE LIKE CHRISTMAS THIS WAY. IT'S JUST THAT WE'D RATHER HAVE THE SNOW THAN THE ICE.))
[RUNS= 04]
[OUT Q=the snow than the ice]

((NATS OF RICK SCRAPPING)) More than 700 churches in the area canceled services - and at lunch- time downtown Roanoke was nearly deserted, but employees at Swagat Indian Cuisine took a chance and opened their doors.
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[SOT 02:49]
[IN Q=I know there's a lot of]

((RICK SINGH: I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF CHURCHES CLOSED OUT THERE, BUT HOPEFULLY I'M SURE PEOPLE WILL COME. IT'S GETTING BETTER OUT THERE.))
[RUNS= 05]
[OUT Q=better out there]

The frozen ground made shopping better for some. While many people opted to stay at home, the Cundiff family took advantage of the extra elbow room in area stores.
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[SOT 23:57:00]
[IN Q=We just wanted to come]

((LORI CUNDIFF/SHOPPER: WE JUST WANTED TO COME OUT AND BEAT THE CROWD. WE THOUGHT WITH THE WEATHER THE WAY IT IS IT WOULDN'T BE AS CROWDED TODAY AND WE'RE JUST PICKING UP SOME LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS.))
[RUNS= 07]
[OUT Q=last minute Christmas presents]

To get shoppers in the door, private contracting companies like RSG Landscaping and Lawncare literally worked around the clock to erase the white from parking lots. ((NAT SOUND OF VDOT TRUCK IF POSSIBLE)) Freezing rain plagued V-Dot employees most of the day Sunday and kept them from being able to clear secondary roads as quickly. Officials say below freezing temperatures will keep roads "iffy" into the morning.
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[SOT 5:40:24]
[IN Q=We are going to]

((LAURA BULLOCK: WE ARE GOING TO WORK AROUND THE CLOCK, FULL CREWS TONIGHT TO TREAT THESE SPOTS THAT MAY BE SLIPPERY. WE'LL BE PUTTING DOWN SOME ABRASIVE MATERIAL SOME SMALL STONE OR STAND, IF NEED BE, AND PUSHING THIS STUFF OFF OF THE PAVEMENT. IF IT DOES FREEZE AND HARDEN UP IT MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE IT.))
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[OUT Q=to remove it]))
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[take VDOT screen FS] To check road conditions in YOUR area you can call VDOT's Highway Helpline at 1-800-367-R-O-A-D. [wipe to webaddress FS] News 7 has already received some school cancellations for tomorrow. For a complete list anytime log onto our website at WDBJ7.com.
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[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda/Jennifer;]

Myranda at this time no major power outages have been reported as a result of the storm.

[Pulaski-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Myranda]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-48 TC-43:00]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]
[ENG#=3]


An ice covered bridge is being blamed for a chain reaction accident on Interstate 81 today that left one man dead.
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[VO-NAT 27 + pad]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;]

Shortly before 10 o'clock, State Police say Benjamin S. Grant of Tennessee was traveling north near mile- marker 95 when he lost control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail. He then came back onto the road where he was struck by a tractor trailer. A second tractor- trailer then rear- ended a freight- liner that struck Grant's Ford Festiva. The 24- year- old was pronounced dead on the scene. Traffic was backed up for more than an hour while crews cleared the wreckage.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Myranda]
[SS=NONE]
[ENG#=V10]

Still to come on the newscast, the flu season is hitting hard, and a dental school will be coming to Blacksburg. We'll wrap up what has made health news in just a minute.
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[VO-NAT]

and also a lack of volunteers means it's bah-humbug for one holiday tradition.
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[Health-Review]


[ANCHOR=Myranda]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=HR 4 32:36]
[GRAPHIC=Health Review]


In health review,
A dental school is coming to Blacksburg.
And more flu vaccine is headed to the state.
Joy Sutton has details .
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[SOT]
[IN Q=State health officials]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Molly O'Dell/District Health Director; :16]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Wilson/Carilion Director of Infection Control; :34]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dixie Tooke-Rawlins/College of Osteopathic Medicine; 1:03]
[SUPER=@Joy2; 1:23]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=I'm Joy Sutton]
[Tease#2]
[ANCHOR=Myranda]
[SS=NONE]
[ENG#=V10]

Still ahead on the newscast, highlights from today's action of Week 15 in the NFL.
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[VO-NAT]

and the Hokies get back on the field, as they prepare to head to the desert. We'll have more coming up in sports.
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[Biz-Review]


[ANCHOR=Myranda]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=Biz Review 11/02 tc 1:29:42 ]
[GRAPHIC=Business Review]
[ENG=1]


New River Community College is trying to help workers in the economically depressed NRV, while one group says more could be done promoting the Foreign Trade Zone and Port. Donald Graham has more in News 7's Business Review.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski; :06]
[SUPER=01-Jack Lewis; :18]
[SUPER=04-File; :41]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :56]
[SUPER=03-Dublin; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Aric Bopp/New River Valley Econ. Dev. Alliance; 1:14]
[SUPER=01-Donald Graham/Reporting; 1:25]
[RUNS=1:37]

[OUT Q=MUSIC AND GRAPHICS][Scrooge]



[ANCHOR=Myranda]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-40 TC-2:00:49]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


There will be no Scrooge like Christmas in Roanoke this year as a popular holiday tradition takes the year off.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last December]


For the last five holiday seasons, New Century Community Church has put on the the musical Scrooge at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Admission to the show was free and it attracted thousands of people.
Due to a lack of volunteers however, the church has decided not to perform it this year.
Organizers promise it will be back next year.
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[Sports tease]


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Coming up Week 15 highlights from the NFL, Frank Beamer and the Hokies get back to the business of football, and the
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[VO-NAT]


Dazzle goes on the down low with the Low Gators from North Charleston.
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[S-Colts]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-152]
[GRAPHIC=Falcons]
[ENG#=1]


The Atlanta Falcons fired Dan Reeves this week, but today, they got the same old results on the field.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/Fox Sports; :00]


Michael Vick and the Dirty Birds got off to a rough start as Vick was sacked on Atlanta's very first possession. He coughed up the pigskin and Dwight Freeney recovered for the Colts.
Things didn't get much better. Down by 17, Vick overthrows Peerless Price and it gets picked off in the endzone.


Peyton Manning was on target all day. He threw for 290 yards and 5 touchdowns. Manning set the record
[SUPER=30-Atlanta/7/Indianapolis/38/;]

for most consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes at 6. The Colts won in a rout 38 to 7.
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[S-NFL]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-153 TC13608]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=2]


[WIPE to ENG!!]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/Fox Sports; :00]


In Saint Louis, the Rams clinched the NFC West for the 4th time in the last 5 years. Marshall Faulk rushed for 85 yards on 20 carries including that short TD. The Rams beat the Seahawks 27-22.
[SUPER=03-Foxboro, MA/Jaguars vs. Patriots; :]


The Patriots have now won 10 straight games after beating the Jags this afternoon. Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes for the AFC East champs who improved to 12 and 2 with a 27-13 win over Jacksonville.
[SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/49'ers vs. Bengals; :]


And the Bengals stayed in the playoff hunt thanks to Rudi Johnson who ran for 174 yards and two scores. Chad Johnson also had a TD catch as Cincinnati slipped past San Francisco 41 to 38. Now all of today's NFL scores.
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[go to scores]
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[SUPER=0100-/Jacksonville/13/j/New England/27////Pittsburgh/0/j/N.Y. Jets/6//;]
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[OUTCUE=last score."]
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[S-Beamer]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-155 TC12607]
[GRAPHIC=Insight Bowl]
[ENG#=3]


The Virginia Tech Hokies resumed preparations for the December 26th Insight Bowl today in Blacskburg. The team will depart for the desert a week from today. The Hokies have used their recent time off to recharge the batteries.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Hokies Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Doug Easlick/Hokies Fullback; :19]
[RUNS=:40]
[OUT Q=go after Cal."]
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[S-Tarheels]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-150 TC14656]
[GRAPHIC=ACC]
[ENG#=4]


To the court where North Carolina is off to its best start since 1989 after beating Akron today at the Smith Center.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/Fox Sports Net; :00]


It wasn't pretty against the Zips as the Heels shot just 38 percent.
Rashad McCants tossed in 14 points including three from long distance.
Ryamond Felton did his part as well. The top point guard in the ACC scored 12 points first with the 3, and then he gets the steal and conversion at the other end.
[SUPER=33-Akron/53/North Carolina/64/;]

Sean May grabbed a career high 17 rebounds as Carolina pulled away late to win 64 to 53.
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[S-Dazzle]


[ANCHOR=travis]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=twe]
[TAPE#=SP-159 TC14412]
[GRAPHIC=Dazzle]
[ENG#=1]


Sticking with hoops, the Roanoke Dazzle tried to cap off a successful weeekend today against the North Charleston LowGators.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/LowGators vs. Dazzle; :00]


One time Virginia Tech Hokie and former Southern Illinois Saluki Rolan Roberts suited up for the LowGators.
Geoff Owens went to work early down low for the Dazzle. He backs in and scores on the nice little up and under.
Then check out Curtis Staples who comes off the screen and buries the foul line jumper for 2.
[SUPER=North Charleston//Roanoke//;]

(------------) Mike King then does the same from the corner pocket. The Dazzle went on to win it ___ to ___.