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Coming up on News 7,
Some local Marines undergo training for service in Iraq.
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While some of their comrades use a little muscle to help children in need this Christmas.
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[Sports-head]


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In sports, a preview of tonight's Heisman Trophy presentation, Salem goes after the school's fifth state football title, and
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the Gretna Hawks complete their repeat championship run by knocking off Poquoson.
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[WX-Head]
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A true taste of winter weather across portions of the region today as some areas are picking-up snow showers. A look at what to expect for th remainder of the weekend, plus the 7-Day Planner coming up.
[ANCHOR=Myranda 3-shot]

Stay with us, News 7 at 6 starts now.

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[IN Q=In Iraq we have to]

((CAPT. JOHN KNAPP:IN IRAQ WE HAVE TO BE READY FOR ANYTHING. WE COULD BE DEALING WITH OPEN DESERT AREAS AND MAINTAINING MAIN SUPPLY ROUTES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.))
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[OUT Q=things of that nature.]
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Reservists in Roanoke make their last minute preparations before heading to Iraq.
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[ANCHOR=Myranda]
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

[Marine-Training]


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Reserve units from all of the armed forces are being called up to serve in Iraq. Today, a Marine company in Roanoke had a final day of training before they are sent to a war zone. Jeremy Butterfield has more.
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[SUPER=01-Capt. John Knapp/USMC; :12]
[SUPER=01-Corp. Nicholas Comas/USMC; :47]
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((Within the next few months, nearly 90 marine reservists out of B-Company will be heading to Iraq. This weekend the grunts brushed up on their training during their last days in Virginia.
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((CAPT. KNAPP/THIS OUR LAST DRILL WEEKEND. THE MARINES WILL BE OFF FOR THE HOLIDAY'S AND THEN ON FOUR JANUARY WE ARE ACTIVATED TO REPORT IN HERE IN ROANOKE. WE DO OUR FINAL PREPARATION AS FAR AS ADMINISTRATIVE AND MEDICAL EVENTS FOR MOBILIZATION AND THEN WE ACTUALLY DEPLOY IN TWO GROUPS. ONE'S GOING DOWN TO CAMP LEJEUNE NORTH CAROLINA AND THE OTHER IS GOING TO 29 PALMS CALIFORNIA.))
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[OUT Q=is going to 29 palms Californina.]

The engineering company will have four general tasks in Iraq. Mobility, Counter-Mobility, Survivability, and General Engineering. The training Saturday had the marines brushing up on their counter-mobility skills by putting up razor wire barriers.


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((CORPORAL COMAS:I DON'T WANT TO SAY IT'S CRUNCH TIME BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN TRAINING-- TRAINING IS CONTINUOUS. BUT RIGHT NOW IT'S MORE OR LESS REFRESHING THE SKILLS THAT WE HAVE ALREADY LEARNED.))
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[OUT Q=that we have already learned.]

After this last weekend the reservists will spend the holidays with their families before being split up and sent into more intense training at larger bases in North Carolina and California. Then it's off to Iraq where the Marines have only heard one consistent thing from the marines their now.
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[IN Q=They said it's hot.]

((LANCE CORPORAL ROBERTS:THEY SAID IT'S HOT. SO...THEY HAVE GIVEN ME SOME ADVICE.))
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[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
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((JEREMY BUTTERFIELD:NO SPECIFICS HAVE BEEN GIVEN YET BUT COME EARLY JANUARY THESE MARINES WILL BE MOVING FROM A COLD VIRGINIA WINTER TO An ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CLIMATE IN IRAQ. JEREMY BUTTERFIELD, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
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[Henry-Fatal]


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One woman was killed in an accident in Henry County around 11-thirty this morning. Police say 36 year old Tammy Worley Goin of Martinsville was driving on Route-684 when she crossed the center lines, and hit another car head on. The driver of that car was taken to Martinsville Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Goin was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say she was not wearing her seatbelt.

[Fires]


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Roanoke firefighters had a busy morning -- battling two suspicious fires only blocks apart.
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The first started in a vacant house at 20th and Melrose -- the second about an hour and a half later in another vacant house on Hanover Avenue.
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((WELL LET'S JUST SAY IT'S VERY SUSPICIOUS THAT WE'VE HAD TWO VACANT STRUCTURES WITHIN A PERIOD OF AN HOUR AND A HALF START TIME AND THERE'S NO INDICATION THAT IT'S ARSON OR ACCIDENTAL RIGHT NOW BUT IT'S PRETTY SUSPICIOUS.))
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[OUT Q=it's pretty suspicious.]
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The two fires caused an estimated one-hundred thousand dollars in damages. Both fires have been called suspicious, but fire officials have not determined a cause.
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Still to come on News 7 at 6, two groups band together to get the holidays rolling...
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and one organization is making sure that kids in need do have a merry christmas this year.
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[1st-Wx]
[Biz-Review]

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A loss in Texas is Danville's gain.
Telvista is closing its operation in Plano, Texas and moving some of the jobs to Danville.
The company will close the Plano call center by the end of the first quarter.
The move will affect about 650 workers, but Telvista says it will try to place them in Danville and two other facilities in Texas. Donald Graham has more in News 7's Business Review.
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(( Governor Mark Warner says more than 21 thousand jobs have been created in Southside and Southwest Virginia this year -- but more has to be done. His new inititive called "Virginia Works" would reinvest more than 20 million dollars in economic development for the regions.
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((MARK WARNER: WE'VE GOT TO RECOGNIZE THAT AS HARD AS OUR EFFORT HAS BEEN TO BRING TRADITIONAL BUSINESSES IN, WE'VE GOT TO DO MORE AND WITH PARTS OF VIRGINIA'S ECONOMY ROARING, IF WE CAN'T MAKE THE INVESTMENT IN SOUTHSIDE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS NOW THEN WHEN WILL WE MAKE THAT INVESTMENT.))
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The plan calls for enhancements to Virginia's billion dollar tourism industry and the creation of a community development bank. The state has approved a license to serve alcohol at the Colonial Downs off-track betting parlor in Vinton.
The ruling allows the sale of beer, wine and mixed drinks.
Critics had argued that the type of meals Colonial Downs sold in Vinton failed to meet state A-B-C requirements. MeadWestvaco is looking at building a distribution center in the Nicelytown area of Alleghany County that would consolidate warehousing and distribution. Residents are upset and say the center would mean a drastic increase in the truck and train traffic in the area. Opponents say there are other industrial sites to use, and the company is scheduling a public meeting to discuss the matter. Norfolk Southern's president says the company and Roanoke have a bright future together. Wick Moorman told the Kiwanis club about plans for an intermodal transfer facility in the Star City. It's part of a larger plan to increase the use of rail for long distance freight before a shipment is transferred to trucks.
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((WICK MOORMAN/NORFOLK SOUTHERN PRESIDENT; THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR CUSTOMERS AND PRODUCERS IN THE VALLEY TO HAVE EXPANDED RAIL SERVICE AND FASTER RAIL SERVICE TO THE MIDWEST AND BEYOND.))
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Moorman says many distributors are looking at rail as an option because of increases in trucking fuel costs, and a shortage of long-haul drivers. For News 7, I'm Donald Graham and that's Business Review. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]))





[Christmas-Store]


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Hundreds of families in the Roanoke Valley will have a Christmas *above their means* this year thanks to a group of volunteers in Salem.
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The Christmas Store strives to provide gifts and food around the holidays to low income families in the valley that might not be able to afford it otherwise. The volunteers work directly with the families and say it's not hard to see the appreciation on their faces.
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((TERRI URQUHART:SOME OF THEM COME IN HAPPY, THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, AND BY THE END THEY ARE CRYING BECAUSE THEY ARE SO OVERWHELMED WITH THE VOLUNTEERS BEING SO NICE AND FUN TO BE WITH AND THEIR GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT THEY HAVE GOTTEN.))
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Throughout the year gifts, food, and household items are gathered through donations -- and are distributed in two days prior to Christmas. This is the eleventh year of the store and organizers say each year the effort grows. Nearly 700 families will benefit from this year's giveaway.
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Still ahead on the newscast, we'll check in on today's high school football state finals...
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and also, some runners make strides against a debilitating illness.
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[Bike-Donation]


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Many children would love to have a new bike for Christmas and some organizations in Roanoke are trying to make that wish come true.
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The Star City Corvette Club and some B-Company reserves collected more than 500 new bikes this year and delivered them to the Salvation Army warehouse today. It took eight trucks and two trailers to deliver all the bikes-- and they traveled with an escort from a fleet of Corvettes. It's no small feat to get the funds for a program like this and the Corvette Club uses every resource it can.
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((BILLY TEAFORD/NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS. WE HAD A FEW CORPORATE SPONSORS THIS YEAR BUT MOST OF IT IS CLUB MEMBERS NET WORKING WITH OTHER CLUB WORKERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS.))
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The Marines help out as part of their Toy's for Tots program. They don't get to see the children's reaction to their new bike -- but that doesn't seem to worry the grunts.
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((SGT. CARNEY/NO I DON'T. UNFORTUNATELY I DON'T. I WOULD LIKE TO BUT I'M SANTA CLAUS YOU KNOW... I CAN'T SEE THAT.))
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Organizers say they bought-out the Valley View Wal-Mart's bike section-- and had to look to other stores around the area to get as many new bikes as they could.
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Hundreds of runners stopped traffic in downtown Roanoke today as they jingled their way towards a cause.
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The Jingle Bell Run is a national event held to raise money to benefit those who suffer from arthritis. Runners of all ages dawned their holiday apparel and made sure to secure a bell to their shoelaces. Amy Craft works in Carillon's rehabilitation department and says today's event won't go unnoticed by her patients.
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((AMY CRAFT:THEY KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO HURT FROM THE PAIN OF ARTHRITIS AND THEIR DAY TO DAY LIVING IS AFFECTED. KNOWING THAT PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE RAISING MONEY TO FIND A CURE OR EVEN SOMETHING THAT WILL MAKE IT BETTER FOR THEM REALLY HELPS THEM OUT TO KNOW THAT WE ARE DOING THAT.))
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Participants paid a fee to run in today's five kilometer loop around downtown Roanoke and the money raised goes towards research to find a cure for arthritis.
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Coming up, Salem and Gretna carry the local high school football banner in today's state finals, we'll start to set the table for next weekend's Stagg Bowl, and
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the hardwood Hokies last test before finals comes tonight against JMU.
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[S-Salem]


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The Salem Spartans went after their record 5th state football title this afternoon. The 12 and 1 Spartans squared off with 12 and 1 Harrisonburg on the turf at Liberty University.
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Salem carried an 8 game winning streak into their first championship game in four seasons.
On their opening possession, tailback Andre Hairston powered Salem on a 73 yard drive. 30 of those yards came on this punishing run that moved the ball to the Blue Streak 21 yard line.
Hairston then capped the drive by bulling into the endzone from 11 yards out giving Salem a 6-oh lead after a quarter.
In the second, Matt Shawver converts a big 4th down, hitting Tony Spradlin for 16 yards across the middle to the Harrisonburg 20.
Grant Hall finished the drive with a 23 yard field goal. Salem led 9-nothing at the half and right now the Spartans lead 16 to 7 in the fourth quarter.
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Despite spraining a knee, Vic Hall led Gretna to the Double A, Division 3 football state championship this afternoon in a 40 to 14 win over Poquoson. Steve Mason has more from Lynchburg.
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[S-Montana]


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The JMU Dukes now know their opponent in next Friday's 1-double A national title game.
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The Grizzlies from Montana will make their 5th championship game appearance in Chattanooga. Today the Griz knocked off Sam Houston State 34 to 13. Montana won the title in 1995 and again in 2001.
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[S-Heisman]


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Okalahoma's Jason White will try to repeat as Heisman Trophy winner tonight. He'll get some stiff competition from his teammate Adrian Peterson, and a pair of USC Trojans in Matt Leinhart and Reggie Bush. A quarterback has won college football's most prestigious award four years straight, and each former winner has a vote.
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[S-Hoops]


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Seth Greenberg's hardwood Hokies are back in action tonight at the Cassell to host James Madison coached by former Tech assistant Dean Keener. With 2 losses in the past week, the Hokies are anxious to get back at it.
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