[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Mad cow disease could sour the holidays for Virginia's cattlemen.
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[ENG#=1]
[VO-NAT :06]

And, there are now no shopping days left 'til Christmas. But plenty of people pushed it as late as possible.
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[Sports-Head]


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


In sports, Cal talks about playing the Hokies in the Insight Bowl, the Cavaliers offer their Christmas thoughts, the Express players provide their Christmas agenda
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[ENG#=2]
[VO-NAT]


and the Pittsburgh Panthers hope Christmas comes in the form of back to back 9 win seasons.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Leo]
[SS=None]


Cold weather returns for Christmas and we even have a chance for some snow in the mountains of West Virginia. I'll have your forecast.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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[WRITER=dse]
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[ENG#=3]
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[SOT 07:04:14]
[IN Q=IT'S NOT GOOD NEWS.]

((IT'S NOT GOOD NEWS. ANY TIME YOU HAVE A SITUATION LIKE THIS. YOU DON'T WANT TURMOIL IN ANY TYPE OF BUSINESS.))
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=IN ANY TYPE OF BUSINESS.]
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[VO-NAT]


A sick cow on the other side of the country has cattle farmers in southwest Virginia feeling ill.
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[ANCHOR=shannon]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.

[Mad-cow]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Mad Cow]
[ENG#=4]


The biggest markets for U-S beef are closing their borders amid fears of mad cow disease.
The United States' first suspected case of the disease could also dampen Americans' appetite for beef.
And as Meghan Mudoon reports that's leaving a bad tast in the mouths of cattle farmers here in southwest Virginia.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]
[SUPER=01-Reggie Reynolds/Cattle Producer]
[SUPER=@Meghan1;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=MM, NEWS 7, BOTETOURT COUNTY]
(([SOT 06:53:50 NAT SOUND CALLING COWS]

[RUNS:03]
Virginia cattlemen are calling it the cow that stole Christmas.
[SOT 06:59:55]
[IN Q=VERY INOPPORTUNE NO MATTER]

[RUNS:03]
[OUT Q=HOW YOU LOOK AT IT.]


Reggie Reynolds has raised cattle on his farm in Botetourt County for forty years.
After decades of a sluggish market, he is now fetching record high prices for his cattle.
But one sick cow in Washington state could put an end to that.
[SOT 07:07:42]
[IN Q=WE REALIZE THAT'S GOING TO COME BACK]

((REGGIE REYNOLDS/VIRGINIA CATTLE PRODUCER: WE REALIZE THAT'S GOING TO COME BACK DOWN NOW. IT'S GOING TO COME DOWN TO LOOKING AT A TWENTY DOLLAR DROP FROM WHERE WE ARE TODAY.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=WHERE WE ARE TODAY.]


Japan and Mexico have already halted American beef imports in light of the suspected case of mad cow disease. A number of other nations are also taking steps to restrict their imports. Virginian cattle producers are hoping the precautionary measures are only temporary.
[SOT 07:02:40]
[IN Q=WE'RE THE ONLY ONES]

((REGGIE REYNOLDS: WE'RE THE ONLY ONES THAT PRODUCE THAT HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT. SO WE KNOW THEY'LL COME BACK, IT'S JUST WHEN.)) [RUNS:04]
[OUT Q=IT'S JUST WHEN.]


The long-term economic impact on Virginia's cattle farmers depends on consumers.
Unlike the British, the U-S has had a number of safeguards in place for years to help protect the food supply.
For that reason, Virginia's cattle producers are stressing that one isolated case will have no impact on the safety of eating beef.
[SOT 07:03:32]
[IN Q=WE PROCESS SOME 35 MILLION]

((REGGIE REYNOLDS: ONE COW OUT OF 35 MILLION GOT INTO THE FOOD SUPPLY. USDA IS PRESENTLY SEARCHING THAT, IS GOING TO PULL IT OUT OF THE SUPPLY AND ONCE THAT'S DONE WE SHOULD BE TOTALLY SURE OUR PRODUCT IS JUST AS SAFE AS IT WAS 30 DAYS OR SIX MONTHS AGO.)) [RUNS:18]
[OUT Q=OR SIX MONTHS AGO.]


In the meantime, Reynolds is hoping that mad cow disease doesn't made consumers crazy.
So that beef prices will stay healthy.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Botetourt County.))

[Rockbridge-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]

A Rockbridge County teen is dead in what authorities are calling an unintentional shooting. Around 6-thirty last night the 15 year old boy was shot at a home on Catawba Street in Glasgow. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene. Charges are pending against the victim's 16 year old brother.

[Franklin-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


Franklin County authorities are investigating an accident that resulted in the death of a man days later. State police say a pickup truck skidded off Route-674 last week and crashed into a tree. The driver and passenger suffered minor injuries. But it turns out, there was a THIRD person in the truck who left the scene before police arrived. That person, 51-year-old James Nance of Rocky Mount died of internal injuries five days later. Family members say Nance left the accident so that the driver would not get in trouble with his insurance company for having two passengers in the front seat.

[Church-Flu]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-46 TC1:07:43]
[GRAPHIC=Flu Season]
[ENG#=1]


Do NOT "take this cup and drink" is the message being sent to some church-goers this holiday season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Many Catholic churches like Saint Andrew's in Roanoke are asking people with cold or flu symptoms to refrain from some long-standing Mass traditions, including communion and the shaking of hands as a sign of peace.
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[SOT 243]
[IN Q=the rule]

((MURIEL KELLEY/ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH: THE RULE OF COMMON SENSE IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE HERE AT SAINT ANDREW'S. IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU MAY HAVE SYMPTOMS OR IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT PERHAPS COMING INTO CONTACT WITH SOMEONE THAT YOU WOULD NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE CUP 58))
[SUPER=01-Muriel Kelley/St. Andrew's Catholic Church;]
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[OUT Q=in the cup]
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[VO-NAT]

This year's flu outbreak resulted in the deaths of more than 40-children across the U-S. However, state health officials believe Virginia's flu epidemic has peaked.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=NONE]
[ENG#=V10]


Graduates of a local nursing program are now helping soldiers wounded in Iraq.
More on their training and the stories they've sent back when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus with just a few hours to go, we'll check in on some holiday-shopping hot-spots.
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[1st-Wx]
[Radford-Nurses]

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-49 TC39:36]
[GRAPHIC=IRaq Casualties]
[ENG#=1]


At least a dozen Radford University Nursing school graduates are now comforting and treating injured soldiers.
Several are in Iraq and more are on their way there.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Stephen Sheets just graduated]
[SUPER=03-Radford; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marcella Griggs/Nursing School Director; :35]
[SUPER=03-Fallujah, Iraq/November; 1:01]
[SUPER=@Rachel2; 1:30]
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[OUT Q=News7, Radford.]
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[SOT:NATS-13:07:00]
[IN Q=Stephen Sheets]

((MARCELLA GRIGGS: STEPHEN SHEETS JUST GRADUATED LAST MAY. HE'S CURRENTLY BASED IN TEXAS AND I ANTICIPATE HE'LL ALSO BE SENT IN THE NEXT YEAR. )) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=next year.]


Radford University's Nursing School Director Marcella Griggs is keeping a close eye on her recent grads.

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[SOT:NATS10:54:00]
[IN Q=Chris just e-mailed]

((MARCELLA GRIGGS: CHRIS JUST EMAILED ME ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO HE IS HOPING TO COME BACK TO STATES IN JANUARY HE'S BEEN IN IRAQ IN A FIELD HOSPITAL )) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=field hospital.]


[INSERT-SOLDIERS IN IRAQ VIDEO] It's a place many of her students find theirselves.. on the battlefields of Iraq.. treating the wounded. [END-SOLDIERS IN IRAQ VIDEO] Griggs keeps in contact with about 8 of them through e-mails.

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[SOT:2:07:00 ]
[IN Q=They are doing]

((MARCELLA GRIGGS: THEY ARE DOING EXCITING THINGS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IT IS THRILLING FOR THEM TO BE RIGHT ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF THE WAR EFFORT. MANY OF THEM ARE IN IRAQ NOW IN FIELD HOSPITALS TAKING CARE OF WOUNDED SOLDIERS. NOT ONLY THE SOLDIERS BUT IRAQS. )) [RUNS:18]
[OUT Q=but Iraqis.]


[INSERT PRE-PRO OF PARKER HAHN'S PICTURE]Many, like 2nd Luietenant Parker Hahn, have gripping stories. We contacted the 2002 Radford grad at his station in Germany through e-mail.[END PRE-PRO OF PARKER HAHN'S PICTURE] [INSERT VIDEO OF CHINOOK HELICOPTER CRASH] He helped treat six of the 16 soldiers wounded when their Chinook Helicopter was shot down in November. [END VIDEO OF CHINOOK HELICOPTER CRASH]
[INSERT PRE-PRO OF HAHN'S QUOTE]Hahn writes quote, "The six patients I had in the Chinook crash were the best patients I have had in the past 10 months. The most polite, courtesy, respectful and compliant patients one could ask for... Those six really changed my life and perspective on Nursing." [END PRE-PRO OF HAHN'S QUOTE]

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[SOT:5:16:00 ]
[IN Q=They are]

((MARCELLA GRIGGS: THEY ARE TOP NOTCH KIDS AND WONDERFUL NURSES.)) [RUNS:03]
[OUT Q=wonderful nurses.]


Many more students are on the way to Iraq... including Parker Hahn. Griggs says she's proud of every single one. Rachel DePompa, News 7, Radford.))

[Hooker-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
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[GRAPHIC=Business News]


Hooker Furniture says it had a good year.
The Martinsville company says sales hit a record 309 million dollars last year.

Net income was off about 8 cents a share compared to 2002, the company's best year ever.[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=dse]
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The market was dragged down as food stocks dropped following the nation's first case of mad cow disease. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW lost 36 points in today's shortened trading session.
NASDAQ fell six.
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[Shopping]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=03-45 TC1:07:12]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas Shopping]
[ENG#=1]


Christmas is just hours away, do you have everything you need?
You may be one of many who headed to the store today to do that last minute shopping.
Justin McLeod shows us how it went.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tom Byers/Last Minute Shopper; :11]
[SUPER=01-Kim White/Shopper; :24]
[SUPER=01-Sue Gaylor/Shopper; :32]
[SUPER=@justin1; :48]
[SUPER=01-Ed Lewis/Hates to Gift Wrap; 1:11]
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[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]

((((NAT SOUND OF SHOPPING))
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the malls, there was plenty of stirring, as men get on the ball.
[SOT 6:09:59]
[IN Q=I just don't want]

((TOM BYERS/SHOPPER: I JUST DON'T WANT HER TO SEE IT, THAT IS MY EXCUSE. SO I'LL GET THEM TO WRAP IT BEFORE I TAKE IT HOME.)) [Runs04]
[OUT Q=take it home]


He is not alone.
Men are famous for waiting to the last minute and women we talked to say their sympathetic.
[SOT 6:06:58; 6:07:58]
[IN Q=They're suppose to]

((KIM WHITE/SHOPPER: THEY'RE SUPPOSE TO BE THE BREAD WINNERS SO THEY'RE OUT HERE WITH MORE MONEY THAN US. [LAUGHS])) ((SUE GAYLOR/SHOPPER: DO YOU FEEL SORRY FOR THESE GUYS AT ALL? NO I THINK IF THEY'VE WAITED TIL THE LAST MINUTE, EVERYBODY LOOKS LIKE THEIR DOING WELL OUT HERE, THEY'LL COME UP WITH SOME GOOD THINGS.)) [Runs14]
[OUT Q=some good things]


They had plenty of time to shop on Christmas Eve.
Several stores opened early.
Jewelry and gift certifcates were especially girly.
[SOT 6:23:36]
[IN Q=When you're a last]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: WHEN YOU'RE A LAST MINUTE SHOPPER THERE'S NO TIME TO WRAP SO MANY WILL TURN HERE THE WORKERS AT THE VALLEY VIEW MALL. ON THIS DAY ALONE, THEY'LL END UP WRAPPING SEVERAL HUNDRED GIFTS.)) [Runs09]
[OUT Q=hundred gifts]

((NAT SOUND OF WRAPPING))
So many the mall almost ran out of wrapping paper.
Procrastinators stood in line anyway and had plenty to say on this particular day.
[SOT 6:11:01]
[IN Q=It's easier to let]

((ED LEWIS/SHOPPER: IT'S EASIER TO LET SOMEBODY ELSE DO IT THAN FOR TO TRY TO DO IT. I CAN'T THE CORNERS AND ALL THAT GOOD ON THERE.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=good on there]

((NAT SOUND OF RECEIPT))
While many shopped, the kids dropped, into santa's lap that is.
They got one more chance to tell old st. nick what they would pick.
[SOT 5:58:03; 5:58:31; 6:12:58; 6:13:21; 6:13:35; 6:13:45]
[IN Q=A hummer]

((TREVOR SMITH: A HUMMER.)) ((A.J McPEAK: BALLS THAT SHOOTS OUT GUN.)) ((GIRL: I WANT A NEW BALL.)) ((GIRL IN RED: A ROBOT DOG.)) ((GIRL IN BLACK: A BARBIE AND A DOLL.)) ((BOY IN RED: A KITTY CAT. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO NAME THE KITTY CAT? KITTY.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=kitty cat? kitty]


A kitty that would look perfect under the tree and with the shopping now done, that's how it will be.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))

[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]
[ENG#=V10]


Pitt head coach Walt Harris and his quarterback try and convince everyone the Panthers will come to play against UVa in the Tire Bowl, thoughts from both Tech and Cal on the Insight Bowl,
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[VO-NAT]


and the Express coach and players reveal their Christmas day activities.
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[S-Hokies]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-163 3219TC]
[GRAPHIC=INSIGHT BOWL]
[ENG#=1]

The Hokies kick-off their bowl game with Cal Friday at 8pm. Today both teams went through their next to last practices. Cal expects to see the Tech team that was ranked in the top 10 much of the season.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=THEY'RE A GREAT...]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Tedford/Cal Bears Head Coach; :00]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=...prepared and ready to play."]
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[VO-NAT con't]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Season; :00]

Tech is one of just 7 teams in the country to have played in a bowl game in each of the past 11 years. But in many ways this game is more important than any of the previous 10 contests.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=THIS ONE...]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/5 & 5 In Bowl Games as VT Coach; :04]
[RUNS=:27]
[OUT Q=...GOTTA COME BACK.]
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[S-Letdown]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-162 39:20]
[GRAPHIC=tire bowl]
[ENG#=2]

Like the Hokies, Pittsburgh enters the Continental Tire Bowl with an 8 and 4 record.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA; :00]

The Panthers also boast a senior quarterback like UVa in Rod Rutherford and Pennsylvania native Matt Schaub was a former recruit that got away.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Walt Harris/44-39 Record at Pitt; :05]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=...really a fine player"]
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[VO-NAT]


The Charlotte Observer reported that UVa fans would out number Pitt fans 5 to 1 because the Panther nation felt it should be at a bigger bowl but expect these cats to be ready.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rod Rutherford/35 Touchdown Passes This Season; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lousaka Polite/Pitt Senior Fullback; :16(QUICK!!!!!)]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=......when it comes time"]
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[S-XMAS]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-157 1:28:23]
[GRAPHIC=Tire bowl]
[ENG#=3]


Virginia's football team has been in Charlotte for the Tire Bowl since the 21st. The team has been practicing but that doesn't mean the wahoos aren't going to enjoy Christmas.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Chris Canty/UVa Defensive End; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Sawyer/UVa Receiver; :14]
[SUPER=01-Jamaine Winborne/UVa Safety; :29]
[RUNS=:41]
[OUT Q=......at the same time"]
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-164 37:12]
[GRAPHIC=express]
[ENG#=4]


The Express got a few days off. Older guys like Rick Kowalsky enjoys his first Christmas with his son with the young players got the heck out of town.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Tony MacAulay/Express Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/Express Veteran; :20]
[SUPER=01-Joe Dusbabek/Express Center; :30]
[RUNS=:36]
[OUT Q=pay us a visit"]
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[Xmas-Card]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-55 TC12:28]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]


Every year, ALL of us at WDBJ like to send you and yours a holiday greeting. So, we end with this year's Christmas card. Good night.
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