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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas wasn't enough.
Holiday shoppers are back on the beat.
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And Virginia's wines are the toast of the biz.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - the Holiday Hoopla roundball is underway at the Carey Dome in Salem. Steve Mason will check in with a LIVE report from the Tire Bowl festivities in Charlotte,
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[VO-NAT]

and Jake Grove is all set for his final game as a Hokie tonight in Phoenix.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=LEO]
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The warm and sunny weather will welcome in the last weekend of 2003. I'll have your forecast.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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Two blazes kept Roanoke firefighters busy Christmas day.
Now police say they were the work of an arsonist.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young. Keith is off tonight.

[Arson-Arrest]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Roanoke police have charged a man with setting two houses in his neighborhood on fire last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night]


Witnesses saw a man leaving one of the homes on Dale Avenue just as the fire started around 8 o'clock.
Police found 27-year-old Monty Wayne Henegar nearby and charged him with two counts of arson.
Police say he'd had an argument with a man who'd been staying at one of the houses that caught fire.
No one was hurt.
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A man was found dead in a car in the Snow Creek section of Franklin County this morning.
The sheriff does not suspect foul play.
Relatives told investigators 29-year-old Michael Campbell had been drinking heavily on Christmas Day.
Arriving home from a party early today, family members said Campbell was too drunk to move. They left him in a car in his driveway.
A few hours later, someone went to get him and found light smoke in the car from a cigarette left on the console.

The sheriff says he won't know how Campbell died until after an autopsy.

[Monty-Sheriff]


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There's a new Sheriff in Montgomery County.
Tommy Whitt took the oath of office this afternoon.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Depompa is outside the Montgomery County Courthouse tonight with more. Rachel?
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((ROLLCUE:...ready to get to work))
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[Leyva]


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Tony Leyva's month and a half on the run will add 16 months to his prison sentence.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 2002]


The convicted child molester violated his parole in July and fled to Haiti, where he was arrested in August.
He's now in a federal prison in Petersburg.
The time he has already served will be credited to his 16-month sentence.
A spokesman with the parole commission says that puts Leyva's scheduled release date at January 2nd, 2005.
Leyva will likely be returned to Roanoke.
That's where he was convicted in 1988 of molesting dozens of young boys he befriended while preaching at tent revivals across the Southeast.
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[Simon-Appeal]


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The young man convicted in the Foodway Market killing has lost a bid for a new trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July]


A judge found Courtney Simon guilty of first degree murder in the fatal shooting of Maurice Grogan two years ago.

[SUPER=04-October 2, 2001]


Simon and the other teenager had words outside the Liberty Road convenience store one afternoon. Witnesses said Simon left, came back with a gun, and pointed it at Grogan.
Simon said the gun went off when the two of them fought, and that he never meant to kill Grogan.
But Virginia's Court of Appeals this week ruled that Simon's actions showed premeditation and that his murder conviction should stand.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ENG#=V10]


Be they bargain hunters or returners... stores were filled with them today.
We'll brave the shopping hot spots next on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And see why Virginia's wine industry is toasting 2003.
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[1st-Wx]
[Returns]

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Christmas may have wrapped up yesterday, but hundreds of people still flocked to area stores today. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Jennifer/Newsroom ;]

Jennifer Wishon joined them and is here to tell us why they just can't get enough. Shannon, for shoppers with gift cards post- holiday sales were attractive and there was also the business of returns and exchanges.
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Business officials, however, say shoppers should be cautious when it comes to return policies because every store creates its own.
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((NAT SOUND OF COINS AND CASH REGISTER.))
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Stores were crowded and lines were long, but holiday cheer prevailed as shoppers waited patiently for deals.
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[IN Q=I like getting out after]

((MARCIA JUSTICE: I LIKE GETTING OUT AFTER CHRISTMAS ANYWAY BECAUSE YOU FIND A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE DROPPED DOWN IN PRICE A LOT MORE THAN THEY ARE DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON.))
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[OUT Q=the Christmas season]

Shoppers with gift certificates rushed to get the most bang for their buck, while others thought ahead and stocked up for 2004.
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((DEVON WILSON: PLANTS, CHRISTMAS PAPER AND CANDY.))
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[OUT Q=and candy]

B. Moss at Valley View Mall is hoping for a post- holiday clean sweep of the store's winter stock. Clothing was half off to make room for the store's Spring line set to arrive in about a week. Shoppers who weren't buying were returning or exchanging.
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[IN Q=It's pretty much even]

((MARTHA DUNCAN: IT'S PRETTY MUCH EVEN. MOSTLY THEY'RE TRYING TO RETURN IT AND FIND SOMETHING IN ITS PLACE.))
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At Target, customers receive a full refund with a receipt, but without one they're forced to find something else at the store.
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[IN Q=If you don't want]

((JUDY KING: IF YOU DON'T WANT TO GET SOMETHING FROM TARGET THEN YOU'RE KIND OF OUT OF LUCK BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO SPEND YOUR MONEY HERE.))
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The Better Business Bureau says shoppers beware when returning. Individual companies have the freedom to create their own return policies.
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((JULIE WHEELER/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A RECEIPT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE YOU CASH BACK. EVEN IF YOU DO HAVE A RECEIPT, BUT THEY HAVE POSTED NO CASH REFUND THEY DON'T HAVE TO GIVE YOU YOUR CASH BACK.))
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However, when it comes to defective merchandise retailers are required to give a full refund.
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((JUDY KING: IT'S BEEN A GOOD HOLIDAY SEASON FOR US, BUT I THINK WE'RE ALL READY FOR THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR TO START AND GET EVERYTHING BACK IN ORDER.))
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It may be a while before stores realize how they weathered the season financially.
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Shannon - gift card sales are not booked as revenue until after the cards are redeemed.

[Alleghany-Hospital]


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The only hospital in the Covington area plans to close its maternity unit sometime next spring.
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Alleghany Regional says fewer than 200 babies were born there last year.
It's also getting harder to recruit enough doctors to meet state standards.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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The closing of the birth center will mean expectant mothers will have to drive to Roanoke or Lewisburg, West Virginia to have their babies.

[Stocks]


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Stocks edged higher in today's shortened trading session. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW rose 19 and a half points.
NASDAQ gained four.
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[Virginia-wine]


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The world is raising a glass to Virginia's wine industry.
The state's wine growers are winning awards and winning over consumers.
Meghan Muldoon has more on one of the state's oldest industries that is getting new recognition.
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(( [NAT SOUND OF GRAPES FALLING ONTO RAMP AROUND 01:37:00 PERHAPS] [RUNS:03]
2003 has been a good year for Virginia's wine industry.

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Virginia wines are becoming the toast of the town and of the world.
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((RUSS AMRHEIN/AMRHEIN WINE CELLARS: VIRGINIA IS COMPETING WITH CALIFORNIA. WE'RE COMPETING VERY WELL AGAINST THE FRENCH. WE ARE MAKING GREAT WINES.)) [RUNS:06]
Virginia's award-winning industry was highlighted in the latest issue of Wine Spectator along with Governor Warner, who maintains a 15-acre vineyard on his farm in Virginia's Northern Neck and has become a prominent champion of the state's growing taste for wine-making.
The number of wineries inVirginia has doubled in the last ten years. Virginia is now the fifth largest wine-producing state in the country. Virginia wines are not just for drinking, they also feed the economy.
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((RUSS AMRHEIN/AMRHEIN WINE CELLARS: THE VA WINE INDUSTRY CERTAINLY BUILDS REVENUE. WE PRODUCE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WINE WE GET A LOT OF TOURISTS IN HERE THEY'VE COME FROM AS FAR AS CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON THEY COME FROM AS EVERYWHERE TO VIRGINIA.)) [RUNS:19]
Virginia's winegrowers estimate their trade contributes as much as 97 million dollars a year to the state.
And that, they say, is only the beginning
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((RUSS AMRHEIN/AMRHEIN WINE CELLARS: IF WE INCREASE IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS LIKE WE HAVE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS AS FAR AS OUR QUALITY IS CONCERNED CALIFORNIA YOU BETTER WATCH OUT WE'RE COMING AFTER YOU.)) [RUNS:11]
That is an honor all Virginians can celebrate.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Roanoke County))

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Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - Steve Mason will join us from Charlotte with a LIVE look at latest Tire Bowl festivities. Tech all-American Jake Grove talks about his final game as a Hokie,
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and high school hoops are also on the sports menu tonight as the three-day Holiday Hoopla event opened in Salem this afternoon.
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The kickoff for tonight's Insight Bowl between the Hokies the Cal Bears is now just a little over two hours away.
The game will make the end of the road for 14 Tech seniors, but none will be missed more than
[GRAPHIC=JAKE GROVE]

Forest native Jake Grove. While a couple of his teammates were figuring out whether or not they should turn pro - Grove was winning more awards than any of them - yet refusing to focus on anything past tonight.
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Grove says he never got angry about his team's poor play or upset about the lousy attitude that some exhibited, but he says there was plenty of disappointment.
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The second annula Tire Bowl kicks off tomorrow morning at 11. Virginia and Pittsburgh have made their final preparations and are ready to go, as is our own Steve Mason - who joins us from a rowdy downtown Charlotte.
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The eight team Holiday Hoopla basketball event opened the first of its three days of action this afternoon at the Salem Civic Center.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Fleming vs. Catholic; :00]

The first game of the day featured defending champ Roanoke Catholic taking on the William Fleming Colonels. Fleming's Estaban Barrett finds an open spot on the interior, makes the catch and turns and scores the quick deuce for the Colonels. Catholic would have to play catch-up with Orlando Walker proving that even the easy stuff in close was a challenge for the Celtics in the first half. Fleming didn't even play its first game until December 19th due football, but they are playing now. Naper (NAY-PEER) Alleyne
[super=33-William Fleming/72/Roanoke Catholic/48;]

(A-LEAN) spins in two and gets fouled. Colonels advance to the quarterfinals with the 72 to 48 win.
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[WIPE TO ENG#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]



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[SUPER=03-Salem/Titans vs. Patriots; :00]

The second game of the day featured Jack Esworthy's Patrick Henry Patriots and the Hidden Valley Titans. Hidden Valley with the great give and go as Hunter Miller and Brent Lawrence get the job done and Miller gets the hoop and the harm on the break. The Titans then take it on the outside as John Michael Bohon knocks in the three pointer and Hidden Valley has a nice cushion. But PH got back in the game with a three of its own. Mark Grogan gets this one to go down from the right side of the key. This time with the defense, Reggie Martin makes the steal and
[super=33-Hidden Valley/61/Patrick Henry/49;]

flies to the other end for the hoop. (------------) But the Titans win it 61-to-49.