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A re-count adds votes in the incumbent's column - - and the counting is over.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And just hours after interviewing candidates, the Roanoke school board picks a new member.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - Fleming's football team is honored by City Council. Roanoke College is raising cash and awareness on the hardwood,
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and JR Reynolds and UVa look to bounce back at home tonight against the William & Mary Tribe.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
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Arctic air make a return visit to the region and sticks around for most of the week. Full forecast details ahead.
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News 7 is next.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


With less than two weeks until the General Assembly convenes... Virginia's closest race is now decided.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Election officials poured over the results, and named a winner in the 6th district House of Delegates race.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Recount]
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Before the recount began, Incumbent Benny Keister was leading newcomer Morgan Morris by just 49 votes.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

It was the closest general assembly race in the state.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Rachel & Keith-Shannon /Microwave;]


New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa spent the day in Pulaski where the recount was held. She's in our Blacksburg Newsroom with the latest. Rachel who won?
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[SUPER=@Rachel1;]
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Keith and Shannon, Benny Keister is on his way back to Richmond. The Democrat picked up 2-more votes during the recount, finishing with 51 more votes than Republican Morgan Morris.
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((NATS- OPENING BOX OF RESULTS 18:28:00
Boxes sealed since November where finally opened today.
NATS- 19:30:00 BAG SLIDING ACROSS THE TABLE.
Revealing envelopes filled with a long awaited answer. Who will be the 6th districts next delegate?

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((BENNY KEISTER:IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU WISH DIDN'T HAPPEN. BUT AT THE SAME TIME I THINK EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE FAIR AND ABOVE BOARD AND THAT'S OKAY WITH ME.)) [RUNS:08]
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[IN Q=The general assembly]

((MORGAN MORRIS:THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WOULDN'T HAVE VOTED FOR THE PROCEDURE IF THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE THERE'S A CHANCE. THEY KNOW THERE'S ALWAYS THAT POSSIBILITY FOR HUMAN AND MECHANICAL ERROR AND WE KNOW THAT THERE WAS 2 MACHINES IN GILES COUNTY THAT HAD SOME PROBLEMS ON THE DAY OF ELECTION. )) [RUNS:13]
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Giles county had to check the vote totals on each individual machine... similar to this recount in Montgomery county.

Dozens of other counters and observers spent the day in Pulaski's gym, pouring over results from 4 other counties.

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((RACHEL DEPOMPA:WITH PENS PAPERS AND EVEN CALCULATORS THEY'RE GOING OVER SHEETS FROM ELECTION NIGHT AND MAKING SURE NOBODY TRANSPOSED ANY NUMBERS OR ADDED THINGS UP WRONG.)) [RUNS:10]
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((MORGAN MORRIS:IN RECOUNTS BEFORE THERE'S BEEN HUNDREDS OF VOTES FOUND THAT WAY. WHERE SOMEBODY JUST INVERTED A NUMBER.)) [RUNS:06]
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Only 2-votes were found this time.... one in Giles and one in Pulaski; both in favor of Keister. Both candidates say the recount was worth it... if anything to help get rid of voter apathy by making sure that every vote counted.
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Keith and Shannon. Benny Keister says he's submitted several bills and is ready to head back to Richmond. He'll move there this weekend.
Morgan Morris tells me this isn't the end for him. He says, with a vote this close, he's definitely running again in 2005.


[Life-Center]


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The company that runs the Life Center in Galax has bought out the firm that's planning to open a Methadone Clinic on Hershberger Road in Roanoke. C-R-C Health Group acquired National Specialty Clinics. Together they'll operate 48 methadone clinics in 21 states.

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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]

N-S-C has been in the process of setting up a new clinic in the old Family Service facility near Hershberger and Cove.
There's been considerable vocal opposition to the plan. Tina Bullins at C-R-C in Galax says "we remain focused on the goal of providing this medical service to the community as quickly as possible, and we will let demand determine the appropriate number of clinics needed to serve the population."
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[Jeffries]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A Roanoke man has been charged in the murder of a man found shot to death in his car last year.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/November 22, 2003]

It happened at 17th and Patterson around 5:30 on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Twenty-three year old William Fernando Rodriguez was found sitting in the driver's seat of his Dodge Neon with the engine running.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]

Now 21-year old Mark Clay Jeffries has been indicted for murder. Jeffries lives on Rutrough Road but was already in jail, charged with abducting a family of three. Officials say the abduction and homicide are related but are not saying how.

[City-Council]


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Members of Roanoke City Council have filled a vacancy on the city school board.
Today, they selected Alvin Nash to succeed Melinda Payne who recently resigned. [***NASH IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & JoeD /BAM;]


Nash says he's ready to help the school system move beyond recent controversies, and Joe Dashiell is here tonight with the story.
Shannon, members of city council interviewed four candidates this morning...
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[SUPER=@Joe1;]

a list that also included Harry Davis, Alice Hincker, and Carla Terry.
But after listening to each, and considering the decision behind closed doors, they appointed Nash on a unanimous vote.
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((IT'S NOT A TIME TO BE YELLING AND SCREAMING AND POINTING FINGERS. ITS A TIME TO BE STRENGTHENING THE SYSTEM, AND MAKING SURE THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE PROUD OF BEING ABLE TO ATTEND ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS AND GARNER THE RIGHT KIND OF EDUCATION. THAT'S THE ISSUE.))
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[OUT Q=That's the issue.]


Members of city council said they considered all four school board candidates they interviewed to be very capable... but in the end felt that Nash had the best set of skills for the job at hand.
Nash says he's ready to put his problem solving experience to work.
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[IN Q=We need]

((WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD I THINK. I THINK WE'RE STALLING WITH PROBLEMS AND IT'S ISSUE, ISSUE, ISSUE AND WE NEED SOME RESOLUTION, SO I'M HERE TO HELP RESOLVE SOME ISSUES.))
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[OUT Q=help resolve some issues.]


Some who also hope the school system can resolve those issues are school administrators...a group of principals and assistant principals delivered a letter to council expressing their confidence in the school system, and asking for council's unqualified support.
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[IN Q=We hope that this]

((WE HOPE THAT THIS IS A BEGINNING OF RECONCILIATION. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF NEGATIVITY IN TERMS OF THE IMAGE OF OUR SCHOOLS. AND WE JUST HOPE NOW THAT THIS WILL BRING SOME CLOSURE. AND BASED ON THE RESPONSE OF CITY COUNCIL, I THINK THAT WE ARE ON OUR WAY NOW.))
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[OUT Q=we are on our way now.]))
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Of course a city task force and the RSVP Coalition continue to hold meetings on school safety, and a city audit of school violence reporting procedures is also in the works.
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So Shannon, there are many more chapters still to be written on this controversial issue.

[County-Supers]


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Roanoke County Supervisors have elected a new chairman.
Today, they selected Hollins representative Richard Flora to lead the board for the coming year.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Flora has served as chairman before, but it was in 1975, when he was first elected to the board.
Today, Flora said he believes the board is moving in the right direction, and that he doesn't plan any new priorities.
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((RICHARD FLORA: IT'S UNUSUAL TO HAVE FIVE PEOPLE FROM SUCH DIVERSE OCCUPATIONS AND ALL OVER THE COUNTY THAT TEND TO THINK AN AWFUL LOT ALIKE. AND APPARENTLY IT'S FAIRLY POSITIVE AS YOU SAW IN THE LAST ELECTION. THE INCUMBENTS WERE UNOPPOSED AND I THINK THAT SAYS SOMETHING POSITIVE ABOUT WHICH WAY WE'RE GOING.))
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[OUT Q=which way we're going.]
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Vinton Supervisor Mike Altizer was named Vice Chairman today.
The organizational meeting was also the first for new Cave Spring Supervisor Mike Wray.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Fire evacuates a business in Floyd.
The latest on the blaze when News 7 returns.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Plus it may not be much comfort to those battling the illness, but state officials say this flu season may be no worse than usual.
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The flu season got off to an early and wild start this year .
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Now there are signs that it may be settling down a bit here in Virginia.
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Meghan Muldoon has the latest on the state's flu activity.
The flu is still considered widespread in Virginia
[LIVE= Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meghan1]
[SUPER=05-Richmond]


as it is in 41 other states.
But there has been no new or dramatic flu activity in the last couple of weeks so state health officials say it is starting to look like a normal flu season.
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((DR JOHN MARR/STATE EPIDEMIOLOGIST: THUS FAR WE'VE HAD EIGHT REPORTED CONFIRMED DEATHS DUE TO INFLUENZA, SIX OUT OF THOSE EIGHT ARE IN HIGH RISK PEOPLE PEOPLE WHO ARE EITHER ELDERLY OR HAVE UNDERLYING DISEASE AND THIS ISN'T THAT UNUSUAL COMPARED TO PREVIOUS FLU YEARS, WE HAVE NO REPORTS OF UNEXPLAINED OR FLU-RELATED DEATHS IN INFANTS WHICH IS VERY GOOD NEWS.)) [RUNS:21]
State health officials are pleased by how Virginia has weathered the flu scare so far.
This year's flu activity appears to have peaked and subsided,
Still, medical experts say they have no way of predicting what it will do next.
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((DR. JOHN MARR/STATE EPIDEMILOGIST: IN PREVIOUS YEARS, FOR EXAMPLE IN 1957 THERE WAS A DOUBLE PEAK AND I THINK WE'RE ALL CONCERNED ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO INDICATION WHATSOEVER THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET A DOUBLE PEAKED SEASON THAT IS TO SAY SOMETHING IN JANUARY, FEBRUARY OR MARCH BUT WE'RE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THAT.)) [RUNS:14]
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The flu season generally lasts until March so state health officials say it is not too late to get a flu shot.
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In 2002, The flu claimed the lives of over 14-hundred Virginians, want to take seriously.

[Fire-Floyd]


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A Floyd company is reassuring the community that nobody was hurt during a small fire today.
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A spokesman for Hollingsworth and Vose on Parkview Road says a fire in a ventilation duct broke out while welding work was being done around noon today. 80 to 90 employees were evacuated for about an hour and a half but were eventually let back in. Rumors spread that one or two people were missing and may have been killed but the company stresses there were *no* injuries. Hollingsworth and Vose manufactures non-woven materials like window coverings and embroidery backing.
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A Copper Hill man remains behind bars in connection with a weekend car accident that killed a teen. (+++++++) [TAKE GUTHERIE MUGSHOT] 31-year-old Michael Lovern Gutherie was arrested by State Police last night after seeking treatment for injuries from the accident. [TAKE ACCIDENT MAP FS] Police say Gutherie was a passenger in the car of 19-year-old Jessica Loyce Cupp. Cupp was ejected and killed when her car ran off of Route 221. Gutherie is charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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He is held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail. State Police say they're looking for a third person who may have also left the scene of the accident.

[Stocks]


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An impressive rally on Wall Street today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 134 points.
NASDAQ rose 41.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-shot]

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean took their efforts across Virginia today.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Third district congressman Bobby Scott joined other state and local leaders in pushing Dean's campaign. Scott was recently named the state chair for the Dean campaign, and believes the country needs a leader like Dean who practices truth, not politics.
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((11359 THAT STATEMENT THAT WE'RE NO SAFER TODAY THAN BEFORE SADDAM HUSSEIN.... INCREASED THE THREAT LEVEL. 1414))
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Scott began his endorsement tour this morning in Richmond and traveled to other cities, including Roanoke and Lynchburg. Virginia's Democratic presidential primary is set for February 10th.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - the Colonels get some Council recognition. Virginia hosts William & Mary tonight,
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and Roanoke College is again passing the roundball for charity this week - and area fans are in for a memorabilia treat.
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[S-Fleming]


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Unlike college football this year, there can only be one state champ per division in the high school ranks. And while the William Fleming Colonels didn't bring home
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternon; :00]

Division Four title, the Colonels were honored for their runner-up finish this afternoon in Council chambers. Head Coach Keith Smith, his staff and players received a unanimous proclamation from Mayor Ralph Smith.
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[OUT Q=...GOOD JOB THANK YOU - APPLAUSE!!]
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[S-UVa]


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The Virginia men's team return to the U-Hall hardwood tonight for a 9 o'clock tip-off against William & Mary. The Cavs are coming off one of their worst games of the season against Providence.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Saturday; :00]

But that game also turned out to be one of J.R. Reynolds' best. The UVa freshman from Catholic has battled through a hand injury to average 6 points a games this year.
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Roanoke College hosts the V Foundation basketball tournament this week. Steve Mason has more on some special teams and even a more special cause.
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