[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

The capture of Saddam Hussein has a V-M-I connection.
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[ENG#=1]
[VO-NAT :04]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And a local man talks about taking down the bear that ALMOST got away.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=Sports Head]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Tonight on News 7 sports Steve Mason checks in from UVa as the Cavs begin their Tire Bowl preparations,
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[ENG#=2]
[VO-NAT]


and it's unanimous - Tech center Jake Grove is a true all-American.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


We win the weather lottery with tomorrow's numbers. We are talking highs well into the 50s. But it doesn't last long.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


NEws 7 is next.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=He said that I'm]

((HE SAID THAT "I'M SADDAM HUSSEIN. I'M THE PRESIDENT OF IRAQ, AND I WANT TO NEGOTIATE."))
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=want to negotiate.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

"The Institute was heard from..." Saturday night in Iraq.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

It was Colonel Jim Hickey- -V-M-I class of '82- -whose men found Saddam Hussein.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Goodlatte-Hickey]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=03-48 TC43:54]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Colonel Hickey commands a brigade of the Fourth Infantry Division.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

His unit has been in Tikrit since the Summer, looking for Saddam.
[ENG#=4]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Ad Dawr, Iraq; :00]
[SUPER=01-Col. Jim Hickey/VMI Class of '82; :09]
[SUPER=@file;]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=is not available.]

(( Colonel Hickey gave photographers a tour of the mud hut where Iraq's former dictator was found. ((TWO HANDS APPEARED. THE INDIVIDUAL CLEARLY WANTED TO SURRENDER. THE INDIVIDUAL WAS REMOVED FROM THE HOLE.)) [RUNS07] Hickey was promoted to full colonel in June, during a ceremony inside one of Saddam's former palaces. Hickey had already completed Ranger training and had gotten his Airborne wings by the time he'd graduated from V-M-I in 1982. He has a Master's Degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins. On the C-B-S Early Show this morning Hickey said he was a bit surprised how easily Saddam gave up. ((BY OUR ESTIMATES, WE EXPECTED SOME RESISTANCE, ARMED RESISTANCE. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. HE WAS ARMED. HE HAD A PISTOL AND A COUPLE OF AK-47'S. HE SURRENDERED ONCE HE WAS DISCOVERED, CAME OUT WITH HIS HANDS UP.)) [RUNS:15] What to do with Saddam now that he's caught? Congressman Bob Goodlatte spent the weekend in Afghanistan and is in Uzbekistan tonight. The Sixth District Republican says coalition forces should see that Saddam's tried in his own country. [17:47] ((IT'D BE MY HOPE THAT NEITHER THE IRAQIS NOR THE UNITED STATES WOULD SUPPORT TAKING HIM ON TRIAL IN ANY COURT, INCLUDING AN INTERNATIONAL COURT IN WHICH THE DEATH PENALTY IS NOT AVAILABLE.)) [RUNS:11]))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=None]

Goodlatte is heading for Iraq next with a six-member U-S Congressional delegation.

[Short-Murders]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-45 TC1:13:56]
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[ENG#=1]



They're back from Canada, but investigators in the Short family murders didn't find the person they were looking for.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kamloops, Canada;]


Last week, two Henry County investigators made their fourth trip to Canada.
They met with authorities ... and checked out a small airstrip where they believe a "person of interest" in the case met with a woman in August last year.
So far, they haven't located the woman, but they say they DID get some "helpful information."
To this day, the only "person of interest" has been Gary Bowman, a carpenter from North Carolina who was in Canada during August 2002.
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[Reid]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-53 TC14:41]
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[ENG#=2]



Lawyers are working around the clock to stop the execution of a Christiansburg man.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/1997]

61-year old James Reid is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the 1996 beating and stabbing of 90-year old Annie Lester.
Reid's attorneys met with the Governor's office last week to ask for clemency. Today, they filed papers with the U-S Supreme court asking for a stay of execution.
In 1997 Reid entered an Alford plea- acknowledging the state's evidence-- without admitting guilt. He's scheduled to die on Thursday.
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[Cerxon]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-54 TC22:52]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]



[ENG#=3]



It once promised high-tech jobs for a troubled economy, but today Cerxon (SERKS-on) left Henry County's finances in even worse shape.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./February 2002;]


Saddled with debt and citing poor management, the company's only remaining shareholder said he was left with no option but to close the business.
Henry County is now taking back possession of the old DuPont building it leased to Cerxon almost two years ago.
The company still owes Henry County 325-thousand dollars it received in start-up loans.
The county says it probably won't recoup any more than a third of that.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The company employed fewer than 25 people.

[Zoo-Bear]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-50 TC56:04]
[GRAPHIC=None]



[ENG#=4]



The search for a missing zoo animal is over. The bear that escaped from its enclosure in Rockbridge County on Thursday was shot and killed over the weekend.
This afternoon, Joe Dashiell spoke with the hunter who encountered the 400- pound bear.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The first thing I seen]
[SUPER=01-Doug Carnera; :18]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :29]
[SUPER=@Joe2;]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=JD News 7]

(( [OPENS ON NAT SOUND]
[IN Q=The first thing I seen]

((THE FIRST THING I SEEN WAS THIS HEAD THIS WIDE, AND I WAS LIKE "OH MY GOD.))
[RUNS= :06]
[OUT Q=and I was like "Oh My God.]


Doug Carnera was checking out property a friend had recently acquired when the two men walked over a knoll and encountered the animal.
An experienced hunter, he had never seen a bear that large in the woods before.
[SOT]
[IN Q=It was coming toward us]

((IT WAS COMING TOWARDS US. THAT'S RIGHT. A LITTLE FRIGHTENING. THE BEAR WEIGHED RIGHT AT 400 POUNDS. IT'S APPROXIMATELY SEVEN FEET TALL.))
[RUNS= :11]
[OUT Q=approximately seven feet tall.]


On Thursday night, two Asiatic Black Bears similar to these animals, escaped from their enclosure on property near the Natural Bridge Zoo.
The first bear broke into the home of Russell and Marilynne Smith. It was shot and killed in the Smiths' kitchen when efforts to tranquiilize the animal failed.
The second bear was wounded, but hadn't been seen since it ran into the woods Thursday night.
Carnera says he hadn't heard about the incident when he visited the area on Saturday.
[SOT]
[IN Q=Until the animal expired]

((UNTIL THE ANIMAL EXPIRED, I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THESE ESCAPED BEARS FROM THE ZOO, BUT WHEN I APPROACHED I KNEW SOMETHING WASN'T RIGHT. I SAID THIS IS NO NORTH AMERICAN ANIMAL HERE.))
[RUNS= :12]
[OUT Q=no north american animal here.]


Carnera says he has had mixed emotions about shooting an animal his children had visited at the zoo.
But after learning that the bear had been wounded on Thursday night, he says he was "at ease" with the split second decision he made two days later.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]
[ENG#=V10]


State university employees are under the microscope.
Allegations of credit-card abuse when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Plus we've heard plenty about people getting flu shots.
But if you didn't get one, how can you be certain if you have the flu?
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[1st-Wx]
[Travel-cards]
(Mini Open)
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-51 TC21:35]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Virginia Tech is reminding employees to use their state issued credit cards for travel only.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The reminder comes after a recent state audit.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]


That audit showed several state employees are abusing the travel cards by charging things like massages, liquor and lingerie.
[ENG#=1]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


Auditors say the worst offenders were employees at state universities, with Virginia Tech at the top of the list.
The Unviersity says it's handling the issue, but does not see it as a major problem.
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[SOT:22:45:19:00 ]
[IN Q=The state is not only]

((LARRY HINCKER:THE STATE IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CARD PURCHASES, EMPLOYEE IS LIABLE JUST THE SAME WAY YOU OR I WOULD BE FOR OUR CREDIT CARDS AND THERE HAVEN'T BEEN ANY DELINQUENT PAYMENT PROBLEMS. REALLY THE ONLY ISSUE IS NOT NOT FOLLOWING STATE POLICY AND USING IT ONLY FOR OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY TRAVEL.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/VA Tech Spokesperson]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=university travel.]
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia hasn't lost any money because of the cards. Auditors say they haven't found any workers being re-imbursed for improper charges.
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[GOP-DUI]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-44 TC1:10:18]
[GRAPHIC=None]



[ENG#=2]



More Virginians are killed each year by drunk drivers than are murdered.
That's why some lawmakers want to reform the state's DUI laws.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Republican legislators today announced they will introduce fifteen bills in the next session aimed at toughening penalties for drunk drivers.
One would allow a court to permanently confiscate the vehicle of a repeat offender.
Another would increase the penalty for refusing a breath test.
Most of the bills are targeted at repeat offenders, like the one who killed the 26-year-old son of Jim and Janet Fisher of Virginia Beach.
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[SOT 12:21:19]
[IN Q=this happens all the time.]

((JANET FISHER/SON KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER: THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. WE LET DANGEROUS DRUNK DRIVERS SIDESTEP THE LAW UNTIL THEY INEVITABLY CRASH INTO OTHERS LEAVING MORE FAMILIES TO MOURN.))
[SUPER=01-Janet Fisher/Son Killed by Drunk Driver]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=leaving more families to mourn.]
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[VO-NAT]


After years of decline, the number of drunk driving deaths is going back up.
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[Warner]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-52 TC33:20]
[GRAPHIC=Mark Warner]



[ENG#=3]



Governor Mark Warner was talking taxes in the New River Valley today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg]


Warner was in Christiansburg touting his plan to change the state's tax system. He says 65-percent of Virginians will pay less, while the plan still generates money for education, health care and transportation.
The plan includes a cigarette and sales tax hike, an end to the car tax and a cut in the food tax. Warner says he's had a lot of feedback in the last few weeks, both good and bad.
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[SOT:23:13:55:00 ]
[IN Q=If there's ways]

((MARK WARNER: IF THERE'S WAYS IT CAN BE IMPROVED ON I'LL KEEP AN OPEN MIND. I'VE ASKED THE LEGISLATORS TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND, I'LL KEEP AND OPEN MIND. BUT WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING THIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION. AND NOT SIMPLY PUSH OFF THIS PROBLEM TO THE NEXT GOVERNOR, THAT'S NOT FAIR AND THAT'S NOT RIGHT.))
[SUPER=@markwarner]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=not right.]
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[TAKE WDBJ WEBSITE FS]
Warner unveiled a new web site today to help you see how his plan will affects your taxes. You can log onto our web site at WDBJ7.com and click on Websites in the news.
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[Bolling]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
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[GRAPHIC=4]



The election is two years away but Virginia already has a candidate for statewide office.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


State Senator Bill Bolling of Hanover County announced today he is running for Lieutenant Governor.
The Republican says his priorities will be keeping taxes low and improving education and public safety.
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[SOT 13:48:33]
[IN Q=I BELIEVE THAT DURING MY EIGHT]

((STATE SENATOR BILL BOLLING/CANDIDATE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: I BELIEVE THAT DURING MY EIGHT YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE STATE SENATE THAT I'VE DEVELOPED A RECORD OF AGGRESSIVE AND EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN STATE GOVERNMENT AND A REPUTATION OF FIGHTING FOR THE CONSERVATIVE VALUES VIRGINIANS BELIEVE IN AND I BELIEVE THAT IS THE TYPE OF RECORD AND THAT'S THE TYPE OF REPUTATION THAT THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA WANT IN THEIR NEXT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR. ))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Bolling/(R) Candidate for Lt. Governor]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=WANT IN THEIR NEXT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR.]
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[VO-NAT]


Bolling was first elected to the state Senate in 1995.
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[Campbell-Officials]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=ssm]
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[ENG#=1]



There's a new sheriff in town in Rustburg.. along with a couple of other new faces in county government.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


Former captain Terry Gaddy was sworn in this morning as Campbell County's new sheriff.. a little over a month after his resounding election victory over Mike Milnor.
Gaddy says the transition has gone smoothly and that he's looking forward to making a good sheriff's department even better.
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[SOT 12:28:07]
[IN Q=Circuit judge here]

((TERRY GADDY/NEW CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: CIRCUIT JUDGE HERE HAS BEEN A FRIEND OF MINE, HE WAS A COLLEGE PROFESSOR OF MINE THIRTY YEARS AGO, ALMOST THIRTY YEARS AGO AND EVERYBODY IN THE ROOM. THIS IS WHAT YOU'VE BEEN WORKING FOR YOUR WHOLE CAREER AND IT'S FINALLY HERE SO IT'S A REAL EXCITING DAY.))
[SUPER=01-Terry Gaddy/New Campbell Co. Sheriff]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=a real exciting day.]
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[VO-NAT]


Newly-elected supervisor Rick Boyer also was sworn in for his first term representing the Sunburst District.
And 44-year incumbent Hugh Rosser will be serving another four-year term.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#V10]


Wall Street couldn't maintain an early advance and closed lower. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/19.34/10022.82/y/30.74/1918.26;]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


The DOW lost 19 points.
NASDAQ fell 31.
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[VO]
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[SUPER=272-i/0.88/37.29/h/0.02/17.06/i/0.22/6.75/h/0.18/61.00/h/0.22/30.33;]
[SUPER=273-i/0.05/6.82/i/0.55/40.77/i/0.06/17.27/i/0.18/23.43/i/0.07/5.59;]
[SUPER=274-h/0.37/10.13/i/0.24/70.22/h/0.09/33.52/i/0.40/45.58/i/1.76/50.74;]
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[FLU]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=6 p.m.]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-49 TC28:39]
[GRAPHIC=Flu Season]



[ENG#=1]



So, you're achy, running a fever, feeling, in general, crummy. How do you know if you have the flu?
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[VO-NAT :30]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Flu season appeared in Virginia earlier than normal this year prompting many, like these people at a Lewis Gale flu-shot clinic today, to seek out the flu-vaccine. Virginia's Health Department says, this year, there have been just 88-confirmed cases of Type-A flu in the Commonwealth. But many more have come down with flu-like symptoms. That means they're shaky, running a fever, suffering from congestion. It's when the symptoms last more than a couple days that it's time to seek medical help.
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[SOT 2:57:17 - 2:57:32]
[IN Q=Hospitalization is when your temperature's so high...]

((MARTHA POFF/LEWIS GALE: HOSPITALIZATION'S WHEN YOUR TEMPERATURE'S SO HIGH YOU CAN'T GET SUFFICIENT FLUIDS, YOU'RE WEAK, YOU CAN'T HARDLY GET OUT OF BED. I MEAN, MOST HEALTHY ADULTS DON'T GET TO THAT POINT.))
[SUPER=01-Martha Poff/Nurse;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=]
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[ANCHOR=Shan]
[SS=None]

Three people in Central Virginia have died of the flu or complications associated with the illness. While most of the local flu vaccine supply has been depleted, Poff says there are pills your doctor can prescribe that won't keep you from getting the flu but will help decrease its intensity.

[Survivor]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=03-40 TC2:01:37]
[GRAPHIC=Survivor]



[ENG#=2]



If our technical difficulties kept you from seeing "Survivor," now you've got another chance.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-CBS;]


WDBJ is rebroadcasting the finale Friday night, December 19th, at 8.
Electrical power to our transmitter went out last night just before the highly-anticipated show came on. Then our backup generator failed.
Some over-the-air and cable customers were unable to watch it.
Again, we'll repeat the final episode of "Survivor" Friday at 8.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]
[ENG#=V10]

Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - NASCAR'S finest join us with a carol, Grove is unanimous,
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[VO-NAT]

and UVa has to break out the snow tires in Charlottesville to begin preparations for the Tire Bowl.
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[S-Grove]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-155 12600TC]
[GRAPHIC=JAKE GROVE]



[ENG#=1]

Former Jefferson Forest great - Jake Grove - is once again the national spotlight. The winner of the Remington Award for the being the best center in the nation -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Season; :00]

has now landed a spot on his fifth first team all-America squad. The Forest native was named a first teamer by the Associated Press this afternoon. In earning this honor - he becomes only the third unanimous all-American in school history. The other two were Jim Pyne and Corey Moore. Grove is now 5 for 5 on all-America honors.
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[S-Tire]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-162]
[GRAPHIC=Tire bowl]



[ENG#=2]


7 and 5 Virginia battles 8 and 4 Pittsburgh in in 13 days in the Charlotte Tire Bowl. Steve Mason has today's UVa post season media day notes.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ottowa Anderson/UVa Junior Receiver; :11]
[SUPER=01-Jamaine Winborne/UVa Defensive Back; :22]
[SUPER=04-Virginia Tech vs. Virginia; :30]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/21-17 Three Year Record at UVa; :37]
[SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA; :52]
[SUPER=01-Alvin Pearman/UVa Running Back; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Taz Carrington/UVa Associate Ticket Manager; 1:33]
[SUPER=@steve1; 1:42]
[RUNS=1:55]
[OUT Q=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-NASCAR]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-160 15102TC]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR]



[ENG#=4]



Finally tonight - with the Christmas season fast approaching - Some of NASCAR finest thought it was only appropriate to show why they drive and don't sing for a LIVING.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=OH...]
[RUNS=:33]
[OUT Q=...coming to town! (SHOT FADES QUICKLY)]

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