[VOB-Regional-Jail]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']
[ENG#=1]


The Citizens Advisory Committee looking into proposed sites for a new regional jail held its first meeting last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

The meeting at the County Administration building was largely organizational. A chair, vice chair, and secretary were chosen and the group began to come up with a schedule. The committee has three weeks to research, write, and turn in its proposal for the regional jail site and they are confident they will get the proposal in on time.
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[SOT 00:53:41]
[IN Q=We will meet our]

((HERMAN LOWE:WE WILL MEET OUR DEADLINE. WE WILL WORK 24 HOURS A DAY IF NECESSARY TO GET THE INFORMATION BACK TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.))
[SUPER=01-Herman Lowe/Committee Chairman]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=to the board of supervisors.]
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[VO-NAT]

The deadline is January 6th. By then the committee must tour the sites, research all the costs, and present its findings to the County Board of Supervisors. The group is getting started this Saturday when it begins touring proposed sites.
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[6-Breckenridge]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-53 1:59:57]
[GRAPHIC=Breckenridge Lockdown]
[ENG#=2]


Today, students will return to Breckenridge Middle School one day after the facility was placed on lockdown. School officials took the action after warnings of what might be a serious threat.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Roanoke City Police were called to the school after a parent told authorities she was threatened by her son, who might arrive at the school with a weapon. Police responded and arrested a juvenile at the school, but no weapon was found. School officials sent a letter home with students explaining what happened saying "In an effort to ensure the safety of our students, the police were contacted and remained on the premises for the remainder of the day and through dismissal." The principal at Breckenridge says the day ended without incident.
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[SOT 02:00:30]
[IN Q=We dismissed on time]

((ASIA JONES:WE DISMISSED ON TIME TODAY, AND WE HAD THE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS THE CENTRAL OFFICE SECURITY HERE AND EVERYTHING WENT RATHER SMOOTHLY.))
[SUPER=01-Asia Jones/Principal]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=went rather smoothly.]
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[VO-NAT]

Although no weapon was found, police are pursuing charges of trespassing and disruption of school against the boy.
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[6-Parents]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-54 01:22]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]
[ENG#=3]


At least one parent is upset with the way officials handled the lockdown.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

William Andrews has two-girls who attend Breckenridge Middle. He says they were scared and asked permission to contact their Dad, but they weren't allowed to call for nearly two-hours.
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[SOT@2:23.04]
[IN Q=I talked to one...]

((WILLIAM ANDREWS/CONCERNED PARENT: I TALKED TO ONE PRINCIPAL, MS. JONES, AND SHE SAID IT WAS A SAFETY ISSUE AND THE SAFEST PLACE FOR KIDS IS IN SCHOOLS. THAT MAY BE TRUE, BUT AS PARENT I FEEL SAFEST PLACE FOR MY CHILD IS WITH ME.))
[SUPER=01-William Andrews/Concerned Parent]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=.. is with me.]
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[VO-NAT]

Andrews says his daughters won't be in school today. He has a parent-teacher conference to talk about how yesterday's situation was handled.
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[Crystal-Cathedral]


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


A tense standoff continues at California's world- famous Crystal Cathedral.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Garden Grove, CA;]


Police say they've lost contact with a church worker who has been holed up inside since yesterday afternoon, when he allegedly fired a shot.
So far, no one's been injured in the standoff, but the man has threatened to kill himself if police try to arrest him.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We have a lot of ]

((REV. ROBERT SCHUELLER/CRYSTAL CATHEDRAL:WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WORK HERE, A LARGE STAFF OF PERSONNEL AND UH WE HAVE ONE OF OUR PERSONS THAT REALLY NEEDED HELP. ))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Robert Schueller/Crystal Cathedral;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=really needed help.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Reverend Schueller is offering to speak with the man, and says he believes the situation will come to a safe conclusion.
The gunshot, meanwhile, was fired less than two hours before the cathedral's annual "Glory of Christmas" holiday show.
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[VOB-Intelligence-Reform]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bush]
[ENG#=1]


Today President Bush puts his signature on the most sweeping U-S intelligence reform in 50 years.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


The bill overhauls the intelligence network that failed to protect the country from the September 11th attacks.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's a good piece]

((ITS A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION, IT IS A NECESSARY PIECE OF LEGISLATION, IT IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY.))
[RUNS=:08] (estimated runs time)
[OUT Q=security of our country.]
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[VO-NAT]


Among the changes the legislation calls for-- a new director of national intelligence to oversee 15 agencies, as well as a counter- terrorism center, and thousands of new border and immigration agents.
The bill based on recommendations from the 9-11 commission got hung up for a while in Congress, but pressure from family members of 9- 11 victims kept it alive.
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[11Ag-Secretary]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=04-44 1:10:03]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


History was made in Virginia yesterday.
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[SOT 23:14:57]
[IN Q=It is with great, great]

((MARK WARNER: IT IS WITH GREAT, GREAT PRIDE THAT I ANNOUNCE VIRGINIA'S VERY FIRST SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, MY FRIEND, BOB BLOXOM.))
[SUPER=@MarkWarner;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=my friend, Bob Bloxom]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co.;]

Bloxom is a retired delegate from the Eastern Shore. The 67- year- old served on a number of agriculture- related committees during his 25- year- legislative tenure. He hopes to use new innovations to attract more young people to the farming and forestry industries. Farming advocates praise the appointment saying it's overdue.
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[SOT 23:29:47]
[IN Q=Now we will truely]

((MARTHA MOORE/VIRGINIA FARM BUREAU: NOW WE WILL TRULY HAVE A SEAT AT THE GOVERNOR'S CABINET AT HIS TABLE SO WHEN THINGS ARE BEING DISCUSSED WE'RE NOT KIND OF LEFT OUT OR A SECOND THOUGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Martha Moore/Virginia Farm Bureau;]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=or a second thought]
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[VO-NAT]

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry previously reported to the Secretary of Commerce and Trade.
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[11Stonewall-Jackson]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=04-46 44:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]


Stonewall Jackson Hospital will soon become part of Carilion Health System, subject to state approval.
That was the decision of the hostpial board of directors yesterday, which decided to take Carilion up on its offer.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/File Tape]


The agreement will allow Stonewall Jackson to retain partial ownership.
That means both entities will make a decision about the overall operations of the hospital and its future.
Carilion has been providing interim management to the hospital since July.
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[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=2]


In business news, some changes in the software industry. And, Hershey Foods is raising its prices. Marcella Palmer has more in this morning's Marketwatch,
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Marcella Palmer/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=In N.Y. I'm Marcella Palmer.]

((COMPUTER SECURITY GIANT SYMANTEC CORPORATION IS BUYING BACKUP PROGRAM SPECIALIST VERITAS SOFTWARE... TOGETHER THE COMPANIES WILL CREATE THE WORLD'S FOURTH LARGEST SOFTWARE MAKER.
ATA AIRLINES SAYS IT HAS ACCEPTED A 117 MILLION DOLLAR OFFER FROM SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FOR MIDWAY AIRPORT OPERATIONS.THE DEAL BETWEEN TWO OF THE NATION'S LARGEST DISCOUNT CARRIERS WOULD INCREASE SOUTHWEST'S PRESENCE AT CHICAGO'S MIDWAY INTERNATIONAL, AND GIVE A-T-A CAPITAL IT NEEDS TO RECREATE ITSELF AS IT COMES OUT OF CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON WILL ACQUIRE GUIDANT IN A 23.9-BILLION DOLLAR DEAL. JOHNSON & JOHNSON IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST HEALTH CARE PRODUCT MAKERS... AND GUIDANT IS A LEADING MAKER OF CARDIAC PACING DEVICES.
U-S STOCKS TRADED MOSTLY LOWER THURSDAY... THE BLUE CHIPS MANAGED TO OUTPERFORM THE BROADER MARKET, GETTING A LIFT FROM NEWS OF THE J & J DEAL. THE DOW CLOSED THE DAY UP 14. THE NASDAQ CLOSED THE DAY DOWN 16.
OIL FUTURES STABILIZED AFTER A JUMP IN PRICES WEDNESDAY. CRUDE OIL CLOSED THURSDAY AT $44.18 A BARREL.
THE NEXT HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE CANDY BAR YOU BUY MIGHT COST CLOSE TO 6% MORE... THE COMPANY SAYS EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND THE RISING COST OF RAW MATERIALS WARRANTS RAISING WHOLESALE PRICES.
FOR MORE ON THE MARKETS LOG ON TO OUR SITE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM. IN NEW YORK I'M MARCELLA PALMER.))

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[Saddam-Lawyer]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Saddam Hussein]
[ENG#=1]


For the first time since his capture more than a year ago, Saddam Hussein has met with his attorney.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The former Iraqi dictator spent four hours meeting with an unidentified defense attorney.
It's not clear when Saddam will make his next court appearance, but the interim Iraqi government plans to hold hearings for some of his top aides as early as next week.
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[11Dublin-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=bda]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]

Firefighters battling a house fire in Dublin ran into some unexpected problems. The fire broke out last night on Church Street near CVS in Dublin. After hooking up the hose to a fire hydrant with low water pressure, firefighters then had to switch to another.
Extra help was called in from the Newbern and Fairlawn departments. No word yet on the cause.



[11Purse-Snatching]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=04-52 10:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


A K-Mart customer got an early Christmas present... and it had nothing to do with shopping.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


When a purse-snatcher grabbed a woman's handbag and took off through the parking lot, two store employees and a customer gave chase.
One ended up tackling the suspect nearby and holding him until police could arrive.
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[SOT 11:32:36]
[IN Q=It makes you]

((NICK RIDDLEBARGER/K-MART EMPLOYEE: IT MAKES YOU FEEL REALLY GOOD, IT DOES FOR ME ANYWAY. YOU KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE DO GOOD THINGS FOR ME SO I FEEL LIKE I CAN AT LEAST RETURN THE FAVOR AND DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR EVERYBODY ELSE.))
[SUPER=01-Nick Riddlebarger/K-Mart Employee]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=for everybody else.]
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[VO-NAT]


19-year-old Jeremy L. Shields faces grand larceny and assault and battery charges.
But he's not considered a suspect in two other recent purse-snatchings ... including this one at the Kroger store on Wards Road Tuesday night.
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[11Tech-Afghanistan]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-49 TC 29:33]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]

Hokie fans seem to be coming out of the woodwork this month. There all over Southwest Virginia and even in Afghanistan.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Steele McGonegal, with the 116 infantry has 50 Hokies in his unit serving in the country. Faculty with the Department of Communication at Tech found out he was serving overseas, and sent him an email asking if he needed anything. McGonegal said all the Hokies wanted for Christmas were some Virginia Tech hats to wear. The Tech Bookstore donated the caps which are being shipped to Afghanistan this week, along with mardi gras beads in honor of the upcoming Sugar Bowl appearance.
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(Kim tosses to bump)

[BUMP]

[COMM] [11War-Worlds]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=04-42 1:14:50]
[GRAPHIC=War of the Worlds]
[ENG#=1]


Actor Tom Cruise gave a generous donation to a local child in need.
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[VO-NAT]
[Super=03-Lexington]


Cruise stopped by the Lexington Dairy Queen after filming for the War of the Worlds-
Before leaving he dropped 5-thousand dollars in a donation bin for Ashley Flint.
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista]


The 11 year old suffered head injuries in a go kart accident in September.
She's undergone three surgeries at U-V-a-
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[SOT 12:52:28]
[IN Q=]

((GINA NOEL/DAIRY QUEEN ASSITANT MANAGER: HE SAID HE WAS A FATHER AND HE UNDERSTOOD HOW CHILDREN GET HURT AND HE FELT SORRY HE WANTED TO DONATE SOMETHING.))
[SUPER=01-Gina Noel/Dairy Queen Assistant Manager;]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=TO DONATE SOMETHING.]
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[VO-NAT]


Ashley is back at school half days, but may have to have more surgery.
She says she's thankful for all the help from the community and Tom Cruise.
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[SOT 13:14:39]
[IN Q=]

((YOU DON'T REALLY REALIZE HOW MUCH PEOPLE LOVE YOU YOU KNOW THEY LOVE YOU BUT YOU DON'T REALIZE HOW MUCH TIL YOU HAVE AN ACCIDENT.)) [butt to 13:05:09] ((REGINA CORNWELL/ASHLEY'S MOM: I WAS AMAZED AT HOW PEOPLE HELP YOU AND HOW PEOPLE YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW LIKE TOM CRUISE EVEN DON'T KONW ME HELPED ME AND HE'LL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH.))
[SUPER=01-Ashley Flint/Accident Victim; 00]
[SUPER=01-Regina Cornwell/Ashley's Mom; 10]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=he'll never know how much.]
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[vo-nat]
Ashley says she wants to write cruise a letter and send him a candle to say thanks.
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[11Airport-Customer]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=04-56 01:47]
[GRAPHIC=Delta Airlines]
[ENG#=2]


Otto Wilson lives in Atlanta but flies to Lynchburg every week for his job with Georgia Pacific.
Those round-trips paid off when Wilson was honored yesterday as A-S-A Delta's 10 millionth customer of 2004.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Airline and local officials greeted Wilson as he checked in for his flight to Atlanta yesterday afternoon.
His gifts included two free tickets to anywhere Delta flies in North America, a round trip for two to the Caribbean and 10-thousand frequent flyer miles.
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[SOT 11:51:05]
[IN Q=I was shocked]

((OTTO WILSON/ASA DELTA'S 10 MILLIONTH CUSTOMER: I WAS SHOCKED. I WAS SHOCKED. I WAS SURPRISED WHEN I CAME AROUND THE CORNER AND ONE OF THE DELTA LADIES THAT I KNOW CAME OVER AND APPROACHED ME, AND I SAID 'UH, SOMETHING'S UP HERE.' BUT NO, I WAS TOTALLY SHOCKED.))
[SUPER=01-Otto Wilson/ASA Delta's 10 Millionth Customer]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=I was totally shocked.]
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[VO-NAT]


Delta says it's seen a 35 percent increase in its Lynchburg ridership this year.
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(Kim tosses to bump)

[BUMP] [COMM]

[11Biz-Award]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-55 01:24]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]

Welcome back to News 7 Mornin'. They've overcome bad luck, rough economies and tough times- only to come out on top.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

Yesterday, the Blue Ridge Business Journal announced its first annual Business Person and Business of the Year. Cynthia Gardner- the owner of Twists and Turns in Roanoke - was named business person of the year. Gardner- opened her store 14-years ago and expanded throughout the years into manufacturing by targeting a *unique* audience.
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[SOT@5:59:12.02]
[IN Q=We started out...]

((CYNTHIA GARDNER, BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR:WE STARTED OUT WITH SIMPLE THINGS JUST MAKING BARSTOOLS AND THIS TIME 14-YEARS AGO WOOD WAS VERY EXPENSIVE. WE HAPPENED TO BE FORTUNATE TO HAVE METAL- THERE'S NO MAINTENANCE AND ADDS A NEW TWIST TO HOME DECOR.))
[SUPER=01-Cynthia Gardner/Business Person of the Year]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=... to home decor.]
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[VO-NAT]

Luna Innovations won business of the year. The corporation was founded in 1990 and has 150-throughout the Commonwealth. 75-of those are in Blacksburg and recently, 10-positions were developed in Danville.
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[Biz-Brief]


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


In other business news, the government reports housing starts took their biggest tumble in nearly 11 years last month.
Starts on new homes and apartments slumped more than 13 percent from October to an annual rate of one-point-77 million homes.
Meanwhile, stocks closed mixed yesterday. Rachel Lee has more on that in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rachel Lee/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=I'm Rachel Lee.]



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