[VOB-Botetourt-Boundary]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=mornin']
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-55 TC :13]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']
[ENG#=1]

After years of planning and months of opposition- a proposed expansion plan takes another step forward...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle]

Last night, the Fincastle town council decided in an unanimous decision to ask the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors to change the town's boundaries. Fincastle would grow from about 140 to more than 16-hundred acres. It was a move that angered some resident, but the mayor says its to ensure "smart growth."
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[SOT@9:33:27.18]
[IN Q=We're against it...]

((LINNIE GREGORY, BOTETOURT CO. RESIDENT: WE'RE AGAINST IT MAINLY BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANY PLAN OR BENEFIT TO ANYONE IN THE PROPOSED AREA WHAT IT WILL DO FOR US.)) ((*****BITE*****))
[SOT@9:30:20.06]

((BOB GENGO, FINCASTLE MAYOR: THE REASON BECAUSE CONCERNED ABOUT ENCROACHING DEVELOPMENT, CONCERNED ABOUT RURAL HERITAGE AND WISH TO PRESERVE THE HISTORIC NATURE OF OUR TOWN.))
[SUPER=01-Linnie Gregory/Botetourt Co. Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Bob Gengo/Fincastle Mayor;]
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=... of our town.]
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[VO-NAT]

The resolution will now go before the board of supervisors. Opponents say - if it's passed by the board - they'll fight the decision in circuit court.
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[11L'burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=04-45 TC 31:04]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=2]


An empty building in downtown Lynchburg is on its way to becoming home to the city's first chapter of the Boys and Girls Club.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


City council last night approved the rezoning for this old shoe company on Madison Street from industrial to business use.
Organizers want to use part of the 30-thousand square foot building to offer after-school programs for inner-city children in the neighborhood.
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[SOT 8:30:04]
[IN Q=And I think]

((JIM TAYLOR/BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ORGANIZER: AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S GREAT ABOUT THIS LOCATION, IS THAT ITS SEVERAL MILES AWAY FROM THE JUBILEE FAMILY CENTER WHICH HAS SOME SIMILAR OBJECTIVES, AND SO IT WILL SERVE A DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Taylor/Boys & Girls Club Organizer]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=a different neighborhood.]
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[VO-NAT]


The group still needs to raise about 200-thousand dollars for renovations and to hire an executive director.
They hope to have things up and running by next September.
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[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]
[ENG#=3]


One of Saddam Hussein's closest aides is set to be the first former regime member the Iraqis will put on trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Ali Hassan Al- Majid, better known as "Chemical Ali" faces trial as early as next week.
Officials say Saddam himself won't be among them.
Meanwhile, today is the registration deadline for next month's elections in Iraq.
Oficials say the elections should have major impact on insurgents.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's going to be a huge]

((MOAFAQ AL-RUBEI/NATIONAL COUNCIL MEMBER: IT'S GOING TO BE A HUGE PSYCHOLOGICAL BLOW TO THE TERRORISTS AND TO THE INSURGENTS AND A VERY HIGH DEMORALISING EFFECT ON THEM AS WELL. ))
[SUPER=01-Moafaq al-Rubei/National Council Member;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=effect on them, as well.]
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[VO-NAT]


So far, there's been no let- up in the violence.
Already this week insurgents killed several Iraqis with car bombs, sabotaged an oil pipeline, and struck a U-S convoy.
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[Terror-Preps]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=4]


A new study finds much of the country is ill- prepared for a possible bio- terrorist attack.
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[VO-NAT]


On a readiness scale of one to 10, only Florida and North Carolina scored as high as nine.
Alaska and Massachusetts are least prepared, scoring a three.
The group, Trust for America's Health says fighting against bio- terrorism is the weakest link in homeland security.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=Compared to last year]

((DR. SHELLY HEARNE/TRUST FOR AMERICA'S HEALTH: COMPARED TO LAST YEAR, WE VE MADE SOME VERY IMPORTANT STEPS. BUT THE REALITY IS THESE HAVE BEEN BABY STEPS. WE HAVE A NATIONAL CRISIS HERE. IF WE GOT HIT WITH ANTHRAX AGAIN, WE RE NOT READY THE WAY WE SHOULD BE, AND THAT S THE TRAGEDY HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Shelly Hearne/Trust for America's Health;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=that's the tragedy here.]
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[VO-NAT]


The report says only six states are prepared to distribute vaccines, and nearly 60- percent of all states don't have enough lab scientists.
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[VOBScrooge]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-52 TC 6:07]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=1]


A popular holiday tradition is back after taking the year off.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF SHOW]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF SHOW]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The musical Scrooge returns for its sixth season this week at the Roanoke Civic Center auditorium.
A cast of 70 from the New Century Community Church puts on the show every year.
Cast members say they're surprised by Scrooge's popularity.
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[SOT 15:11]
[IN Q=I remember the]

((JENNIFER MEYER/CAST MEMBER: I REMEMBER THE FIRST YEAR PEOPLE COMING UP TO US AT THE END SAYING YOU ALL NEED TO TAKE THIS TO NEW YORK AND US BEING LIKE WHAT, YOU'RE KIDDING.))
[Runs=07]
[OUT Q=you're kidding]
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[VO-NAT]


The group canceled last year's shows because it was busy building a new church.
It just so happens the church will have its grand opening Sunday on Melrose Avenue.
Performances for Scrooge run Thursday through Saturday.
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[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]


In business news, United Airlines has reached a tentative contract agreement with its pilots union.
Marcella Palmer has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Market Players]
[SUPER=01-Marcella Palmer/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:13]
[OUT Q=In N.Y. I'm Marcella Palmer.]

((FEDERAL REGULATORS ARE EXPECTED TO VOTE TODAY FOR NEW RULES IN THE PHONE MARKET THAT COULD MAKE IT HARDER FOR RIVALS OF THE BABY BELLS TO REACH SMALL AND MID SIZED CUSTOMERS.
THE MAKER OF POPULAR BLACKBERRY WIRELESS DEVICES VIOLATED SEVERAL PATENTS HELD BY A SMALLER RIVAL. A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT AFFIRMED TUESDAY, THAT RESEARCH IN MOTION HAS INFRINGED ON NTP'S PATENTS BUT CAN CONTINUE SELLING ITS PRODUCTS IN THE U-S PENDING A DISTRICT COURT'S DECISION.
UNITED AIRLINES HAS SECURED A TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT WITH ITS PILOTS UNION. THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT TO CUT PILOT'S PAY MAKES THEIR UNION THE FIRST OF UNITED'S 4 BIG UNIONS TO COME TO INITIAL TERMS. UNITED'S BANKRUPT PARENT U-A-L IS LOOKING TO REDUCE PILOT PAY AND BENEFITS BY $191-MILLION.
THE DOW CLOSED TUESDAY UP 38... THE NASDAQ CLOSED THE DAY UP 11. STOCKS RALLIED LATE TUESDAY, AFTER THE FEDERAL RESERVE RAISED ITS KEY LENDING RATE AN EXPECTED .25% TO 2.25%.
COLD WEATHER BOOSTED THE PRICE OF CRUDE AND NATURAL GAS. CRUDE OIL IS UP 81 CENTS... IT CLOSED TUESDAY AT $41.82 A BARREL.
FOR MORE ON THE MARKETS LOG ONTO OUR SITE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM. IN NEW YORK, I'M MARCELLA PALMER.))


(tape tosses to stocks)


[STOCKS] [WOOD ROGERS SPONSOR BOARD 5185 ESSC] [COMM]


[Greece-Hijacking]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=1]


A standoff situation continues in Greece.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Athens, Greece;]


Police say a public bus with 26 passengers on board was hijacked this morning near Athens.
The driver managed to escape.
Authorities say one of the two men holding the group hostage is demanding to be flown to Russia.
The man says he'll begin attacking hostages if a new driver isn't sent to take the bus to the airport.
He's also threatening to blow up the bus if police don't move a van blocking its path.
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[11Wythe-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-50 TC29:10]
[GRAPHIC=Guilty Pleas]
[ENG#=2]

Two Wythe County teens have admitted to murder.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.;]

15 year old Nakisha Waddell pled guilty to first degree murder in the death of her mother Vaughne Thomas. Last May, Thomas was stabbed to death and then buried in the backyard of her Max Meadows home. Waddell's friend, 16 year old Anastacia Belcher admitted to second degree murder. Police say she knew about the plan and helped dispose of the body. Prosecutors say a motive for the killing may finally be revealed during sentencing.
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[SOT33:38:00]
[IN Q=More of this]

((KEITH BLANKENSHIP: MORE OF THIS WILL BE GONE INTO AT THE SENTENCING HEARING. THERE ARE ADDITIONAL FACTS THAT WILL BE BROUGHT OUT AT THE SENTENCING HEARING.))
[SUPER=01-Keith Blankenship/Wythe Co. Prosecutor;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=sentencing hearing (second time)]
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[VO-NAT]

Waddell told police she and her mother were fighting for several days before the murder. She faces life in prison and Belcher could get more than 50 years. The pair will be sentenced in March.
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[11Victory-Stadium]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-53 TC13:56]
[GRAPHIC=Victory Stadium]
[ENG#=3]


The city of Roanoke has made a guarantee when it comes to Victory Stadium: the facility will be safe by next year's football season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/November]


You may remember several sections were roped off in November after steps crumbled.
At last night's school board meeting, chairwoman Kathy Stockburger said she was reassured by Mayor Harris that necessary repairs will be made so Patrick Henry and William Fleming can play their games at Victory Stadium next fall.
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(kim tosses to bump)

[BUMP]

[COMM] [11County-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=04-51 TC21:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]


Roanoke County may build a new middle school and change several others.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Under a new Capital Improvement Plan being considered by the school board and supervisors, Cave Spring Middle School would be converted to an elementary school and a new South County middle school would be built.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]


In addition, Glenvar and Northside High Schools would be renovated and William Byrd High School and Bonsack Elementary would get additions.
County officials say the expansions and new construction will provide long-term relief to rapidly expanding student enrollment
A public hearing is scheduled for January 13th.

[6-New-College]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Meanwhile, the campaign to build a new college in Henry County got a major boost.
Yesterday, Governor Warner announced that he will set aside one-and-a-half million dollars for the project in his 2006 budget. Warner says he was impressed with the committment of community leaders to improve the economy through higher education. The governor will submit his proposed budget amendments to the General Assembly Friday.

[Biz-Brief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=2]


In business news, the Fed raised interest rates a quarter of a point. And Blockbuster is saying goodbye to late fees, but there is a catch. Rachel Lee has more in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rachel Lee/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=I'm Rachel Lee.]


((STOCKS CLOSED HIGHER ON WALL STREET TUESDAY. THE DOW INDUSTRIALS GAINED 38 POINTS. AND THE NASDAQ ADDED 11. THE FEDERAL RESERVE RAISED INTEREST RATES A QUARTER OF A POINT -- TO TWO-AND-A-QUARTER PERCENT. THE WIDELY EXPECTED MOVE IS THE FIFTH SUCH INCREASE THIS YEAR. IN A STATEMENT, THE FED'S OPEN MARKET COMMITTEE SAID IT WOULD LIKELY CONTINUE RAISING RATES AT A "MEASURED" PACE. BLOCKBUSTER IS ELIMINATING LATE FEES ON ALL ITS VIDEO TAPES, DVDS AND VIDEO GAMES, BEGINNING JANUARY FIRST. AFTER A DUE DATE, CUSTOMERS GET A GRACE PERIOD. BUT THERE IS A CATCH. AFTER THAT, YOU AUTOMATICALLY BUY THE PRODUCT, BUT CAN RETURN IT FOR CREDIT -- MINUS A RESTOCKING FEE -- WITHIN 30 DAYS. IN NO-LATE-FEE TEST MARKETS, BLOCKBUSTER SAID INCREASED RENTALS AND RETAIL SALES OFFSET THE LOSS OF LATE-FEE REVENUE. GOOGLE IS WORKING WITH FIVE OF THE WORLD'S LEADING LIBRARIES TO DIGITALLY SCAN THEIR COLLECTIONS AND MAKE THEM SEARCHABLE AND AVAILABLE ONLINE. IT HAS DIFFERENT AGREEMENTS WITH EACH LIBRARY -- FROM SCANNING SOME TO NEARLY ALL OF THE COLLECTIONS AT OXFORD, HARVARD, STANFORD, THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AND THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. GOOGLE WILL PUBLISH ONLINE THE FULL TEXTS OF WORKS NO LONGER COVERED BY COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS, AND EXCERPTS OF COPYRIGHTED ONES. WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M RACHEL LEE. ))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS] [STOCKS] [WOOD ROGERS SPONSOR BOARD 5185 ESSC] [COMM]


[PKGScrooge]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-49 TC 1:36]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]


What are the holidays without a little Scrooge?
Last year, we saw first hand when a local church canceled its annual production of the Charles Dicken's classic.
But Justin McLeod is happy to report the holiday tradition is back.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jay Owens/Cast Member; :09]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Meyer/Cast Member; :27]
[SUPER=01-Todd Meyer/Cast Member; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Peter Givens/Cast Member; 1:20]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:26]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]




[11War-Worlds]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=04-43 TC59:07]
[GRAPHIC=War of the Worlds]
[ENG#=]


It will be a long day for hundreds of extras playing survivors of a Martian attack.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.;]


The War of the World's set in Rockbridge County is closed to the public,
but hundreds of extras will be on set-
[Super=03-Lexington;]


Kristin Evans will take a break from finals at Washington and Lee to play a survivor of a Martian attack- while surviving the cold.
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[SOT 11:37:36 ]
[IN Q=YEA SOME PEOPLE ]

((KRISTIN EVANS/EXTRA: YEA SOME PEOPLE SAID IT'S DEFINITELY COLD SOME OF THE GUYS SAID THEY'RE GOING TO BRING EXTRA CLOTHS AND BRING SOME GLOVES BECAUSE IT'S COLD.))
[SUPER=01-Kristin Evans/Extra]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=because it's cold]
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[VO-NAT]


Yesterday, a National Guard Convoy roared through the Decatur Road site- they're being used for scenes where they'll fight off Martians.
Debbie Via was able to go on set with a neighbor. She saw Tom Cruise doing a scene- and even saw director Steven Spielberg.
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[SOT 12:33:56]
[IN Q=I CAUGHT ]

((DEBBIE VIA: I CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF HIM I DID NOT GET CLOSE ENOUGH TO HIM TO SAY HI HOW ARE YOU DOING OR ANYTHING BUT ID DID CATCH A GLIMPSE OF IM THEY'RE WORKING VERY HARD VERY HARD.))
[SUPER=01-Debbie Via/Local Resident;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=VERY HARD, VERY HARD.]
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[VO-NAT]


Extras will work hard too- they must report at 4:15 this morning and get paid about 80 dollars a day.
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(Kim tosses to bump) [BUMP] [COMM]