[Open-Heads]

[ANCHOR=Joy]

[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

[roll cold out of the open]

[ENG#1]
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[VO-NAT]

Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning- An emotional morning for marine reservists and their families as they ship out for training before heading to Iraq


[ENG#2]
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[VO-NAT]

And a shooting in Roanoke last night leaves two people dead. We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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[2-shot toss to Hello]

[Marines]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=marines mobilized fs bam]


Nearly 90 marines gathered early this morning preparing to head to Iraq.

[DOUBLE BOXES=Joy /Jeremy at BAM;]

News 7's Jeremy Butterfield was with the B-Company Reserves this morning
Jeremy, are they going straight to Iraq from here?
[LIVE= Jeremy/FULL]
[SUPER=@jeremy1;]

Joy, actually the marines are being sent to Iraq, but first they have to do some more training in the states. ((ROLLCUE:...more training in the states))
[ENG#=3]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning]

The marines were split into two groups as they assembled their gear this morning. One group will head to Camp Lejeune North Carolina, the other to Twenty-nine Palms, California. After some intense training the two groups will come back together in Iraq.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 02:34:07]
[IN Q=Don't really know what to]

((LANCE CORPORAL CHRIS FERGUSON:DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT-- I KNOW WERE GOING OVER THERE TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY. KNOW I HAVE A JOB TO DO SO JUST GO OVER AND TRY AND DO THE JOB AS BEST WE CAN, ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION AND COME BACK HOME WITH EVERYONE.))
[SUPER=01-Lance Corporal Chris Ferguson/United States Marine Corps; ]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=home with everyone.]
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[VO-NAT]

This morning's good bye was an emotional event for the families and friends of the Marines. The tears flowed freely as the Marines hugged wives, mothers, fathers, and newborns. B-Company has still not released where exactly they will be stationed in Iraq, but all of the marines plan on keeping in close contact with their loved ones through letters and emails.
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[LIVE= Jeremy /FULL]

Joy, The Marines could be gone for up to one year.

[DOUBLE BOXES= Joy/Jeremy BAM;]




[Rke-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]
[ENG#=4]


Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Roanoke last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;]


Officers say family members found a man and woman dead inside a home in the 19-hundred block of Orange Avenue just before 8:00 last night.
21 year old Latoria Smith and 34 year old Mark Anthony Lester had both been shot to death.
Officials say the shooting appears to be a murder-suicide, but the bodies have been sent to the medical examiner's office.
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[VOB-Methadone]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat. am]
[WRITER=bda]
[TAPE#=04-]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=1]

A controversial methadone clinic on Hershberger Road is set to open its doors as early as next week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;]

Some sixty Roanoke residents met last night to form a new committee to fight it. The Northwest Concerned Citizens committee has already secured a lawyer out of Abingdon. Now they will try to raise nearly five thousand dollars to file a lawsuit against the C-R-C Health Group, which runs the facility.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:16:37]
[IN Q=We gonna have]

((TERYCK MANIGAULT:WE GONNA HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY. THAT MEANS PARTICIPATION, PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER AS ONE, AND WE JUST HAVE TO FIGHT THIS THING.))
[SUPER=01-Teryck Manigault/Concerned Citizen;]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=fight this thing.]
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[VO-NAT]

Other orginizations in Roanoke are getting behind the committee's efforts. Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference say they hope the gathering Friday night will show C-R-C that opponents are organized and ready to argue their case. The committee also plans to boycott neighborhood businesses that have not publicly opposed the clinic. The group will hold the next public meeting January 21st.
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[Tsunami-Wrap]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Tsunami]
[ENG#=1]


The death toll in South Asia is now more than 150-thousand - and continues to rise.
Help is still pouring into the areas hit by the Christmas tsunami. Nearly four billion dollars has been pledged so far.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Bangmuan, Thailand; :00]
[SUPER=03-Sri Lanka; :16]
[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/U. S. Secretary of State; :29]
[SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/U. N. Secretary General; :55]
[RUNS=1:18]
[OUT Q=actually comes in]

(( [thailand-burials]
In parts of Thailand --the bodies of foreigners are being refrigerated with dry ice hopes that will eventually be identified.
Volunteers have also started marking and burying the dead.
They are taking DNA samples from the bodies as well as basic information. [US Marines help]
Meanwhile --U-S Marines are assisting in relief efforts in Sri Lanka and other countries.
30-thousand people died in here as a result of the December 26th tsunamis and more 800-thousand were displaced.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT:53, from airport newser]
[IN Q=American US agencies]

((AMERICAN US AGENCIES HARD AT WORK...BUT WE'RE GOING TO DO MORE))
[RUNS= 11]
[OUT Q=to do more]


The International Community is stepping in to help as well.
After viewing the destruction and the victims trying to rebuilding their lives, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says he's hopeful about the future.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT:34, annan video conference]
[IN Q=It taught us something]

(( IT TAUGHT US SOMETHING ABOUT THE RESILIENCE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND I BELIEVE THAT IN TIME, GIVEN SUPPORT AND EFFORT BY THE GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, THE PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO PICK UP THE PIECES AND CARRY ON. BUT THEY ARE GOING TO NEED A LOTS OF HELP))
[RUNS= 17]
[OUT Q=neeed a lot of help]


But some aid groups remain concerned the donor pledges may fall short --so they're keeping up the pressure to make sure the money actually comes in.))



[11Tsunami-Aid]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=04-46 TC1:11:11]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]
[ENG#=3]


There are many reputable organizations collecting donations for disaster relief, but not all are legitimate.
Unfortunately, when disaster strikes, so do scam artists.
Jean Jadhon has more on what you need to know before you give.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Julie Wheeler/Better Business Bureau; :06]
[SUPER=@Jean1; :41]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=Jean Jadhon, News 7.]

(( Scam artists take advantage of scenes like this to make money- at your expense. JULIE WHEELER/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU SW VIRGINIA: THEY PREY ON THE FACT THAT OUR HEARTS ARE ACHING FOR WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING THROUGH.
Before you donate to help Tsuanami victims here is what you need to know.
Be wary of charities that are long on emotion and short on information. Ask questions... WHAT IS THEIR PROGRAM WHAT IS THEIR PLAN?
E-mails asking for donations should send up a are red flag. they are usually thieves looking for your money or your identity. WITH ALL THE HIGH TECH CAPABILITES THEY CAN MAKE IT LOOK LIKE WHEN NOT ACTUALLY ON THAT CAHRITIES WEBSITE. JEAN JADHON/NEWS 7: IF YOU ARE GOING TO DONATE ON LINE... GO TO A REPUTABLE ORGANIZATIONS SITE YOURSELF. WHENEVER YOU CLINK ON THE LINK TO DONATE.. LOOK AT THE ORGANIZATIONS U-R-L IN THE BROWSER WINDOW. IT SHOULD MATCH THE CHARITY. IF THE NAME IS HIDDEN OR NOT FAMLIAR TO YOU..... LOG OFF THE SITE.
Always make a check out to the organization ..not to an individual.
Watch out for excessive pressure for on the spot donations.
This disaster is big and money is needed over the longrun. IF THEY'RE IN A HURRY CHANCE ARE THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO DO YOUR HOMEOWRK AND CHECK IT OUT. Jean Jadhon, News 7.))
(XXXXXXX)
[anchor=Joy]

[WIPE TO WDBJ WEB FS]
The Better Business Bureau evaulates charities.
For a link to a list, go to WDBJ-7 dot com and click on websites in the news or you can call your local Better Business Bureau.
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[1-Scores]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sports]
[eng#=4]


Major league baseball is pitching in to the tsunami disaster relief.
(------------------)

[vo-nat]
[SUPER=@FILE;]


This year's season opener pits New York against Boston on Sunday, April third.
The league's 30 teams and the players' association will combine to donate one million dollars to relief efforts.

The Yankees are taking it a step further - pledging to give a million dollars from the proceeds of their season opener against the Red Sox.
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[anchor=Joy]
[Graphic=Hold]


The N-B-A is also throwing in its support.
The basketball league and its players' union are donating a million dollars as well.
Several players say they will donate a thousand dollars for every point they scored or assists they recorded in games played earlier this week. For a look at all of yesterday's scores - here are the boards.
[WIPE TO MOTION]
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[go to scores]
[SUPER=#556;]
[SUPER=x5027;]
[SUPER=0097-j/Parry McCluer/65//Craig Co./55//400th Win For Nelson Fox/j/Glenvar/49//Floyd Co./48///;]
[SUPER=x5009;]
[SUPER=0097-j/Tunstall/65//Magna Vista/62//Final in Overtime/j/George Wythe/72//Chilhowie/63///;]
[SUPER=x5009;]
[SUPER=0097-j/Martinsville/87//Dan River/35///j/Cave Spring/51//Blacksburg/46//Final in Overtime/;]
[SUPER=x5009;]
[SUPER=0099-/Salem/33/j/Hidden Valley/49//Wallace 19 Points/j/Franklin Co./70//Halifax/16///;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUTCUE=last score."]
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[super=#555; reset]


[tease next]

[Tease1]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[SS=None]

[BOTH MICS HOT]
[ENG#=Aprisa]


Coming up - the popularity of organic foods is on the rise - see why many are turning to a more "natural" diet in today's Focus on Health
[ANCHOR=Brent]

and
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[VO-NAT]


Sometimes an artists stroke of genius doesn't even require a brush. See how one artist is taking finger painting to new heights.
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[Almanac Bump]
[Break #1]



[6Rescue-Mission]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=04-50 TC50:40]
[GRAPHIC=Health Check]
[ENG#=1]


The Roanoke Rescue Mission now has some help dealing with diabetes patients.
Currently, at least 20 percent of the homeless coming to the shelter have the disease.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Rescue Mission Health Center has started a diabetes care program thanks to 30-thousand dollars grant from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT11:59:07]
[IN Q=We saw many people that we're coming in]

((LEE CLARK/ROANOKE RESCUE MISSION; WE SAW MANY PEOPLE THAT WERE COMING IN THAT WERE DIABETIC THAT DIDN'T KNOW THE WERE DIABETIC AND SO THOSE NUMBER CONTINUE TO OVERWHELM US IN THE FREE CLINIC AND BEING ABLE TO PARTNER WITH ANTHEM TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE MEDICATIONS AND SUPPLIES THAT PEOPLE NEED HAS A BEEN A DREAM FOR A LONG TIME))
[SUPER=01-Lee Clark/Roanoke Rescue Mission]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=for a long time]
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[VO-NAT]


For Robin Sandridge it means she can finally take care of her diabetes --instead of neglecting her health.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT11:52:28]
[IN Q=One thing was the medical costs]

((ROBIN SANDRIDGE/DIABETES PATIENT; ONE THING WAS THE MEDICAL COSTS AND NOT HAVING A DOCTOR. NOT BEING ABLE TO BUY THE TEST TRIPS TO TEST MY SUGAR NOT HAVING INSURANCE))
[SUPER=01-Robin Sandridge/Diabetes Patient]
[RUNS=05]
[OUT Q=not having insurance]
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[VO-NAT]

The program started a couple of weeks ago and is only open to the homeless.
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[Focus-Health]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=none]



[ENG#=2]
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[start animation]
[runs=04]

[end animation]
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[JOY ONE SHOT]
You may have heard the saying you are what you eat-- and that's why some people choose to eat natural and organic foods. [JOY/GUEST TWO SHOT]
[SUPER=01-Danielle Dowdy/Holistic Health Counselor]


Here to tell us more is Danielle Dowdy a Holistic Health Counselor and board member for Roanoke Natural Foods.

Don't go away. News 7 Saturday Morning will be right back.
[bump]

[6Art-Exhibit]


[ANCHOR=jOY]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=bwa]
[TAPE#=04-49 TC49:30]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]
[ENG@=]

A new exhibit in Martinsville is taking finger painting to a new level.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville]

Artworks created by the late Ted Turner are on display at the Piedmont Arts Association. Unlike most artists, Turner rarely used a paint brush to create his abstract works.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=There are examples]
[SUPER=01-Emily Smith/Piedmont Arts Director of Exhibitions]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=training as he did.]
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[VO-NAT]

The former U-VA professor also used driftwood from the Virginia Beach area to create everything from sewing machines to American flags. The works will be on display through February.
(+++++++)
[WIPE TO WDBJ Web Sites FS #E521]

For a link to the Piedmont Arts Association, go to WDBJ7-dot-com and click Web Sites in the News.
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[Decor-More]


[ANCHOR=Joy - 2-shot]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=Decor]
[GRAPHIC=none]



[ENG#=3]


Pieces don't always have to match in order to coorespond.
[ANCHOR=BRENT 2-SHOT]


We're learning how to coordinate odd pieces for the dining room
(++++++++++)

[TAKE Decor FS] in today's Decor and More
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Today I want]
[SUPER=07-Angela Combs; :00]

[TAKE DECOR WEBADDRESS FS; 2:26]
[RUNS=2:36]
[OUT Q=learn how to talk.]



[TAPE TOSSES TO BUMP] [1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=morning sports]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=1]


In sports, The Redskins have some new help on the offensive and a former Northside standout is helping the Lady Highlanders improve their record. Steve Mason has more in sports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Hey good morning]
[RUNS=2:19]
[OUT Q=see ya then everybody]


[calendar next]

[WDBJ-B'ball]


[ANCHOR=Brent]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=N7 Sports]


There are several college basketball games to catch here on Your Hometown Station today.
(++++++++++)

[TAKE GAME BOARD FS]
At noon, Penn State takes on Wisconsin followed by Tennessee and Connecticut at 2. The ACC kicks things up at 4 as Wake and Clemson meet on the hardwood. The action continues at 8 as Virginia takes on Georgia Tech.
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[wipe to weekend calendar]




[2Open-Heads]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

[roll cold out of the open]


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[VO-NAT]
[ENG#1]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]

Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning- A tearful goodbye as local marine reservists head out for deployment in Iraq this morning
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[VO-NAT]
[ENG#2]

And there's no *happily ever after* for one of Hollywood's hottest couple. We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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[2-shot toss to Hello]

[11Higher-Ed]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=04-53 TC28:45]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Virginia's colleges and universities are expected to be on the minds of many during the upcoming General Assembly session.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/October;]

Governor Mark Warner spent time during the fall getting public input on a number of issues. He'd like to see schools focus on producing the types of graduates needed for Virginia's workforce and conducting research that will spawn new industries. He'd also like to see the state support more financial aid, but hopes the legislature won't get bogged down addressing one or two issues.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We need to not take these issues]

((MARK WARNER: WE NEED TO NOT TAKE THESE ISSUES ON AN ISOLATED BASIS BUT WE NEED TO LOOK AT HIGHER ED'S GOALS AS A WHOLE AND WHAT DO WE WANT FROM HIGHER EDUCATION OVER THE NEXT DECADE.))
[SUPER=@MarkWarner;]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=over the next decade]
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[VO-NAT :10 +]

Virginia Tech is one of the schools expected to request "Charter Status" this year. The proposed legislation would give Tech's Board of Visitors more decision- making authority.
(XXXXXXXX)

[WIPE TO PROMO BOARD FS]
The General Assembly session begins next Wednesday with Governor Mark Warner's State of the Commonwealth. News Seven will carry it live, beginning at Seven o-clock.
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[Pitt-Aniston]


[ANCHOR=Joy\]
[NEWSCAST=Sat. am]
[WRITER=bda]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]

Hollywood's golden couple is calling it quits.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston announced in a joint statement yesterday they are formally separated. They were married in Malibu in July of 2000- not long after, eyebrows began to raise. Aniston forgot to thank her husband in her Golden Globe acceptance speech in 2003. Last summer- some linked Pitt to movie co-star Angelina Jolie. Most recently Aniston was spotted at a Los Angeles airport- without her wedding ring. In their statement the two say the split is amicable and that they remain friends with great love for one another.
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[CA-WX]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]
[ENG#=4]


More storms are expected to hit California this weekend bringing wind, rain, and even snow in some areas.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Northern California]


Winter weather Friday closed major mountain roads and caused waves to batter the coastline.
One forecaster says the entire state could be affected this weekend.
The storms could bring as much as 20 inches of rain in some areas and between three and five feet of snow to the Sierra Mountains.
(------------)
[anchor=Joy]
[SS=HOLD]



In some parts of the state 150-thousand people are without power as temperatures remain in the 30's.
[TOSS TO WEATHER] ((WEATHER TOSS))

[11Methadone-Clinic]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-52 TC31:22]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]
[ENG#=1]


A methadone clinic scheduled to open on Hershberger Road has caused quite a bit of controversy.
But residents and the North West Concerned Citizens committee are still fighting to keep it out of their neighborhood.
Jeremy Butterfield was at the groups meeting last night and has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=They're terrorists and]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Teryck Manigault/Concerned Citizen; :28]
[SUPER=01-Gwen Smith/North West Concerned Citizens; :51]
[SUPER=01-Reverend Edward Mitchell/SCLC Vice President; :1:15]
[SUPER=@jeremy1; 1:28]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q= BUTTERFIELD NEWS 7]
(([SOT ]
[IN Q=There terrorists and]

((LADY/THEY'RE TERRORISTS AND WERE NOT GOING TO HAVE THEM IN OUR COMMUNITY!)) [RUNS:04]
[OUT Q=in our Communitty]

It's no secret that some Roanoke residents are angered over a planned Methadone Clinic. The facility, run by CRC Health Group, may open its doors on Hershberger road as early as next week. Friday night, nearly 60 residents packed the back room of La' Cove restaurant, in Northwest Roanoke, to organize a new neighborhood committee.
(///////SOT//////)
[SOT 00:16:37]
[IN Q=We gonna have to]

((TERYCK MANIGAULT:WE GONNA HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY. THAT MEANS PARTICIPATION, PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER AS ONE, AND WE JUST HAVE TO FIGHT THIS THING.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=fight this thing.]

The Northwest Concerned Citizens committee has already secured a lawyer out of Abingdon and is now trying to raise nearly five thousand dollars so it can go forward with plans to file a lawsuit against CRC.
(///////SOT//////)
[SOT 00:18:25]
[IN Q=The way they explained]

((GWEN SMITH:THE WAY THEY EXPLAINED IT THIS LAWYER IS VERY EXPERIENCED IN THIS TYPE OF THING. HE HAS HAD A SUCCESSFUL CAREER OF FIGHTING THIS CLINIC IN OTHER CITIES.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=clinic in other cities.]

Other orginizations in Roanoke are getting behind the committee's efforts. Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference say they hope the gathering Friday night will show CRC that opponents are organized and ready to argue their case.
(///////SOT//////)
[SOT 00:25:15]
[IN Q=I think that one thing]

((REVEREND EDWARD MITCHELL:I THINK THAT ONE THING IT WILL DO IT WILL LET THE METHADONE CLINIC KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT LAYING DOWN AND THAT THE FIGHT WILL GO ON. EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY OPEN THE DOORS, AS I SAID TONIGHT WE MAY SWALLOW IT FOR A LITTLE BIT BUT WE WILL NEVER DIGEST IT.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=we will never digest it.]

[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
(///////SOT//////)
[SOT ]
[IN Q=In addition to securing the]

((JEREMY BUTTERFIELD:IN ADDITION TO SECURING A LAWYER, THE GROUP ALSO PLANS TO BOYCOTT NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESSES THAT HAVE NOT PUBLICLY OPPOSED THE CLINIC. THE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD THE NEXT PUBLIC MEETING JANUARY 21ST. JEREMY BUTTERFIELD NEWS 7.)) [RUNS:15]
[OUT Q=News 7.] ))



[11Drug-Chase]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=04-42 TC1:48:31]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=21]


A high-speed chase through Lynchburg has landed an Amherst County man in jail.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


Around 10:30 yesterday morning, a Lynchburg officer observed an alleged drug transaction and tried to pull over the driver.
The car took off with police in pursuit at speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour.
Lynchburg authorities dropped the chase as the car went into Amherst County, but deputies there spotted the vehicle a few minutes later.
53-year-old Richard Dwayne Peters faces charges of reckless driving and eluding police.
Amherst authorities have charged him with possession of crack cocaine.
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[6Officer-lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=04-54 TC26:52]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]
[ENG#=3]

A three-car accident three years ago has been found to be the fault of a former Roanoke police officer. Officer Henry Fariss was answering a non-emergency call when he ran a red light at Sixth and Campbell. He did not have his lights and siren on. He said the traffic light was green, though he admitted he was checking his in-car computer terminal at the time. A Roanoke Jury found Fariss negligent and awarded Rita Lewis 10-thousand dollars.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 17, 2001]

Fariss had been involved in an accident the month before. Fariss has since left the police department.
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[11Fleming-Breakin]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jbu]
[TAPE#=04-55 TC41:58]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=4]


Officials are searching for the person they say broke in to a local high school over the holidays.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Roanoke Police say a surveillance camera caught a white male with dark hair breaking into William Fleming High School on Christmas eve. The suspect was carrying a red backpack. Officers say the suspect took some items from the school but they won't say what those items were.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE CRIMELINE FS] They're now asking for the public's help. Anyone with information can call the Crime Line at 540-344-8500.
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[6Fire-Safety]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=04-44 TC1:39:15]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=1]

The principals of a small Virginia company facing several criminal charges pled NOT guilty in federal court yesterday.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Randall Leon Maxwell is the president of Fire Safety Products. He and his older brother, Gilbert Lee Maxwell run the firm. They test high-pressure compressed gas cylinders, the kinds of tanks SCUBA divers use. The government alleges the company failed to properly inspect hundreds of such cylinders. Office manager Allen Jay Dickerson also entered a not guilty plea. He faces a maximum 15 year sentence. The Maxwells up to 35 years.
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[Biz-Review]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=Biz Review ]
[GRAPHIC=Business Review]



[ENG=2]


Phone rates could go up for Virginians, while the cost of flying comes down. Donald Graham has more in News 7's Business Review.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/File Tape; :06]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/November 22; :17]
[SUPER=@File; :42]
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Echostar is looking for more help at its Christiansburg call center. The company's taking on more new customers than projected and needs to hire another 200 people by the end of February.

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Virginians will likely pay more for some Verizon phone services. The State Corporation Commission approved a modifed version of the company's request to raise rates. Now basic rates can go up 10 percent a year until reaching a cap based on inflation since 19-94. Caller ID and Call waiting services can go up 10 percent a year with NO cap. Verizon will decide later this month to accept the modified plan.
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Delta Air Lines is slashing many fares and creating a new rate schedule that keeps fares consistently low. The company says it'll cut the price of tickets to cities in the continental U-S by up to 50 percent. No one-way coach ticket will cost more than 499 dollars. No one-way first-class ticket will cost more than 599 dollars. Passengers will no longer have to agree to a Saturday night stay to get the reduced rate. And the fee for *changing* a ticket will drop form 100 to 50-dollars.
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