18:00-01

1-News-Head

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VO-NAT


What's another five inches of snow when you've already got TWO FEET on the ground!?
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: what it did to us this time and what it's costing us to get rid of the snow.
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ANCHOR=Keith


And sharing the reigns of power in the State Senate. Republicans will have some say in how this session is run.

Sports-head


ANCHOR=steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=none


In sports, the snow's second coming has hit the Cassell hard as tomorrow's Virginia tech games are affected, we will have the problem and the solution, The Express will play tonight,
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VO-NAT


and the NASCAR Media Tour takes our Mike Stevens to Texas for a look at a new track...and there's no bull about this speedway.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Robin
SS=None


It truly was a kinder and gentler snow event for the region. We now enter a quiet stretch with a gentle meltdown.

Snow-Today


ANCHOR=keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=spr
TAPE#95-112
GRAPHIC=Snow Sequel


It seems everyone is ready for a meltdown.
Five more inches of snow was dumped on our area, but this time, most people were prepared.
The latest storm hardly phased motorists.
Busses were running-- and airports were open.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott


Scott Prince has been keeping tabs on this latest storm.
Scott, how are the roads holding up?
Live=Scott Full/Microwave
SUPER=@Scott1;
SUPER=05-Roanoke;
(Scott ad lib)



(roll cue: ...out of the house )
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SOT
IN Q="Here we go again"
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Stevens/Snow Plow Driver; :13
SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/VDOT; :30
RUNS=:42
OUT Q=things to come

Nat sound 00:33:15
RUNS=:02



(Here we go again.)


But this time it came and went.
Many people were able to win round two of the winter bout.
Folks started out early this morning... thanks to 'round the clock snow- removal efforts from the first storm.
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SOT 01:28:30
IN Q=We've been

((MIKE STEVENS/SNOW PLOW DRIVER: WE'VE BEEN WORKING... ALTERNATING TWELVE HOUR SHIFTS, TWENTY- FOUR HOURS A DAY FOR THE LAST WEEK. I DON'T KNOW HO LONG IT WILL CONTINUE... UNTIL WE GET ALL OF THE ROADS AT LEAST PASSABLE I'M SURE. ))
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=I'm sure.


Most primary roads ARE passable... but there are countless side streets that remain snow covered.
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SOT 2:19:28
IN Q=It will probably

((FRED ALTIZER/VDOT: IT WILL PROBABLY BE LATER ON TONIGHT OR EVEN TOMORROW MORNING BEFORE WE START BACK-- OUR SUBDIVISIONS AND OUR SECONDARY ROADS. ))
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=secondary roads


But for all those still snowed in, take heed... there ARE signs of better things to come.
Live=Scott Full/Microwave
SUPER=05-Roanoke;
(Scott ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott
(Keith question: was v-dot able to clear all of the roads before this latest

snow fall?)

Storm-Cost


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#95-103
GRAPHIC=Storm Cost


Long after the ice and snow have melted, state and local governments will be feeling the affects of this week's weather.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


As of Thursday afternoon, the Virginia Department of Transportation had spent 18- million dollars to clear roads across the state.
Roanoke city's expenses were closing in on half a million dollars... and while most of that was budgeted, city manager Bob Herbert will ask council to dip into a contingency fund.
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SOT
IN Q=We will have some extraordinary

((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: WE WILL HAVE SOME EXTRAORDINARY EXPENSES. PROBABLY, WE WILL BE ASKING CITY COUNCIL FOR AROUND AN ADDITIONAL 100- THOUSAND DOLLARS, PRIMARILY FOR SALT AND CHEMICALS.))
SUPER=@Herbert;
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=for salt and chemicals.
ANCHOR=Keith
SS=Storm Cost


City officials say they have enough salt and chemicals on hand to meet immediate needs, and they say more supplies are on the way.

XGR-Senate


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#95-105
GRAPHIC=Session 96


For the first time in Virginia history, Republicans may have a functional majority in a General Assembly chamber.
Senate Democrats watched their power slip away in a midnight agreement.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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SOT
IN Q=
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Benedetti/(R) Republican Floor Leader; :00
SUPER=@Beyer; :20
SUPER=@Allen; :31
SUPER=@Hawkins; :42
SUPER=@Griffith; 1:03
SUPER=@Cranwell; 1:18
SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:30
RUNS=1:42
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.



((sot FLOOR TAPE 10:06:38

((SEN. JOE BENEDETTI/R-RICHMOND: BLAH... IT'S A NEW DAY FOR THE SENATE IN VIRGINIA.))
RUNS=:07


The tide turned in the night, giving Republicans a first ever -- and very firm -- grasp on power in the upper chamber.
Democrats admitted they eventually negotiated from a minority position.
SOT 28:52 TAPE ONE

((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IT WAS THE VERY BEST DEAL WE COULD HAVE MADE GIVEN THAT WE ONLY HAD 19 VOTES.))
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That's thanks to Rocky Mount maverick Democrat Virgil Goode -- who wangled his way onto the final budget conference committee of four by talking with Republicans.
sot 04:12:50

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T KNOW WHAT PARTY HE MIGHT BE IN, BUT VIRGIL'S PHILOSOPHY AND MINE ARE COMPLETELY CONSISTENT.))
runs=:07


Republican Charles Hawkins made Southside a winner with a seat on Finance.
sot 51:02

((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS: WITH THE ABSENCE OF ELLIOT SCHEWEL, IT LEFT A REAL VOID IN A WHOLE SECTION OF THE STATE THAT HAD TO BE FILLED. AND THE WHOLE THING WITH VIRGIL GOODE GOING ON ONE OF THE CONFEREES REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE FOR US AND I THINK WE'RE IN A BETTER POSITION THAN WE'VE BEEN IN I THINK IN YEARS.))
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But Republicans say the Democrats got their retribution down the hall, where Republicans lost some ground in the House of Delegates assignments.
sot 02:14:18

((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: I SAW THIS COMING...WHICH PARTY'S IN CONTROL.))
runs=:10


Toward that end, he's pushing for a constitutional amendment on power-sharing.
sot 34:38 tape one

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I JUST WALKED OUT WITH THREE DEMOCRATS THAT WERE FURIOUS OKAY. THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM OF MAKING COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS. IT'S LIKE RUBIKS CUBE. WHEN YOU MOVE SOMEBODY ON ONE COMMITTEE, YOU HAVE TO CHANGE ANOTHER ONE.))
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sot stanup

((So what it all means for specific legislation has yet to be determined.
What the Senate plan means for all Republicans though is a voice heard only before from the Governor's office on the third floor.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Honaker


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#95-106
GRAPHIC=Edward Honaker


The Bedford man who was falsely imprisoned for almost a decade may get some compensation from the state.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./October 1994;


Ed Honaker was granted clemency in October after D-N-A tests proved he had NOT committed the rape for which he had served almost ten years.
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Now, Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum has filed a bill that would pay Honaker 750- thousand dollars out of the state treasury.
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SOT 40:24
IN Q=He seems

((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: HE SEEMS TO HARBOR NO UNDUE ILL WILL. OF COURSE, HE WOULD RATHER NOT HAVE SPENT THE TIME....BODES VERY WELL FOR MR. HONAKER.))
SUPER=@Woodrum;
RUNS=:22
OUT Q=Honaker.
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VO-NAT


Woodrum says the dollar figure on the claim is a starting point, and some aid may be provided in the form of educational assistance.
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TALENT=Keith
SS=None


Meanwhile, Woodrum will carry a little more clout for the Roanoke Valley this session.
He's won a seat on the House Appropriations committee that helps control state spending.
Tease#1

HARD MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Keith
SS=NONE


Still to come on News 7 at 6, is there an end in sight to the contract negotiations between Bell Atlantic and the union?
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VO-NAT


And we'll meet people on the other end of the line who've been answering your emergency calls for help during this week's snowstorms.
Coming up--how emergency dispatchers are coping, and how you can help them.
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Toss to Robin Roll Lake Level Roll
TALENT=Robin
SS=NONE
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
SUPER=80-37/19/0.29/39/19/0.27/33/16/-.--/34/17/-.--;
SUPER=81-39/21/0.20/37/15/-.--/26/17/0.23;
SUPER=82-3.26/plus/2.35/3.26/plus/2.35;
SUPER=84-


Greyhound


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=Six
WRITER=Dal
TAPE#95-111
GRAPHIC=Snowbound


Some travelers who decided to leave the driving to Greyhound, found themselves without a ride.
This morning's snow stranded more than 60 passengers at the Roanoke Greyhound bus terminal.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


No buses are going in or out of Washington, D-C, this afternoon because of the snow.
Most of the passengers heading north were re-routed to Richmond.
Buses heading east finally got on the road around two this afternoon--eight hours after the scheduled departure time.
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SOT 13:14:51
IN Q= we are the reason

((SUE ATKINSON/TRAVELER: WE ARE THE REASON THA GREYHOUND CAN FUNCTION. WITHOUT US IT WOULD NEVER FUNCTION. I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHY WE ARE NOT GIVEN THE PRIORITY, ANY TYPE OF HELP OR ANY EXPLANATION.))
SUPER=01-Sue Atkinson/Traveler;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=or any explanation
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VO-NAT


Greyhound had to put up three people in a hotel this evening.
Their destination was Winchester, Virginia, another city socked-in by the snow.
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Dispatchers


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=THa
TAPE#95-104
GRAPHIC=Winter Storm


Dispatchers are the link to help when you have an emergency.
In severe weather their job is even more vital.
DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Teresa


Teresa Hamilton joins us from Danville.
Southside was bracing for sleet and freezing rain, Teresa, but y'all got lucky.
Live=Teresa Full/Microwave
SUPER=@Teresa1;
SUPER=05-Danville;


Keith, Halifax County saw some sleet.
But in Danville folks were fortunate to only see snow.
But had Pittsylvania County been hit with more severe weather dispatchers there would have been prepared.
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SOT
IN Q=Nat Sound
SUPER=03-Chatham; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Davis/Communications Manager; :34
SUPER=01-Amy Harmon/Pittsylvania Co. Dispatcher; 1:03
SUPER=01-Bo Martin/Pittsylvania Co. Dispatcher; 1:12
RUNS=1:20
OUT Q=in the world.


start with nat sound (( Believe it or not, forecasters say cold temperatures prevented sleet from entering the picture.
Welcome news to Pittsylvania County's dispatchers.
They're already busy enough without that type of frozen precipitation. ((nat sound ))
RUNS=:05


There's little time for rest if you're employed as a dispatcher.
In Pittsylvania County, they're responsible for handling all police calls in the county.
They also dispatch for six- fire departments and four- rescue squads.
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17:35:22:29
SOT
IN Q=

((JIM DAVIS/COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER:YOU GET THE TRAINING AND THE PEOPLE AND WHEN YOU PUT THE TWO TOGETHER, YOU SHOULD HAVE A GOOD OPERATION, SO IT WORKS HAND IN HAND. ))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=hand in hand.


That training comes in handy in the midst of bad weather.
When Old Man winter gets cranking, the phone lines begin to light up and the dispatchers workload begins to double.
Calls concerning road conditions, stranded vehicles and closings are overwhelming.
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17:56:08
SOT
IN Q=It gets

((AMY HARMON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. DISPATCHER: IT GETS STRESSFUL SOMETIMES AND WE JUST TAKE, YOU KNOW, ONE CALL AT A TIME AND GO ON AND TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT. ))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=about it.


But, on occasion, calls do come in that make the job worth it.
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17:40:51
SOT
IN Q=You're

((BO MARTIN/PITTSYLVANIA CO. DISPATCHER: YOU'RE GOING TO FIND SOMEBODY THAT WILL CALL UP AND TELL YOU A LITTLE JOKE OR LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU'RE APPRECIATED AND THAT PAT ON THE BACK IS PROBABLY THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD. ))
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=in the world.))



Live=Teresa Full
SUPER=05-Danville;
(TERESA AD LIBS)
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa
(Keith Question: ISN'T PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY EXPECTED TO GET A NEW DISPATCH

CENTER?)

Bell-Atlantic


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#95-110
GRAPHIC=Bell Atlantic


Chances of a strike at a large employer in our area seem to be dwindling.
Bell Atlantic reports it has reached a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len


But Len Besthoff reports that while progress has been made, Bell Atlantic may have spoken too soon.
What's the problem here Len?
LIVE=Len/Newsroom
SUPER=@Len1;


Keith there's definitely a thaw in the icy relationship between Bell Atlantic and the main union representing its workers.
But the president of Roanoke's C-W-A local says the company may have jumped the gun on this.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape;


Larry Akers says Bell Atlantic has ALMOST reached an agreement with the C-W-A on common issues...the ones that apply to nearly every C-W-A local.
But he points out Bell Atlantic and the union haven't even touched the local agreements usually settled on a state by state basis.
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LIVE=Len/Full


Keith Bell Atlantic insists it DOES indeed have a tentative agreement...which it says is very fair to both sides.
Bell Atlantic has more than 12-hundred unionized workers in our area, who have worked without a contract for five months.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len
(Keith QUESTION: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MAIN ISSUES ON THE TABLE THAT STILL MUST

BE SETTLED LOCALLY?)

Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=sly
TAPE#=Stocks
GRAPHIC=NONE


On Wall Street the Dow was down four points for the day and 120 points for the week.
NASDAQ dropped nearly three points.

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RUNS=:25
SUPER=#D-69;


Zoo


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=Six
WRITER=Dal
TAPE#96-2
GRAPHIC=Winter Storm


Mother Nature has been making life at the Mill Mountain Zoo difficult--not so much for the animals, but for the zoo keepers.
Dedicated workers have been making the trip up the snow covered mountain all week.
Some even stay overnight.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Once up the mountain, zoo-keepers still have to work their way through two and a half feet of snow.
The weather has also created new chores- -such as knocking down high snow drifts- -so animals can't get out of their pens- -and clearing paths with a snow-blower.
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SOT
IN Q=lady in the pig pen

((WACK, WACK, WACK! sound of ice cracking.))
RUNS=:04
OUT Q=
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SOT 9:44:52
IN Q=we have to

((LAURIE SPANGLER/ZOO KEEPER: WE HAVE TO THAW THE FROZEN LOCKS WITH EITHER A BLOW TORCH OR LIGHTERS, WHICH WE ALL CARRY. THEN ONCE WE GET IN THE ANIMAL'S AREA THE WATER HAS TO BE THAWED. SO WE EITHER CARRY IT BACK TO THAW OUT OR WE CARRY HAMMERS WITH US.))
SUPER=01-Laurie Spangler/Zoo Keeper;
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=HAMMERS WITH US
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VO-NAT


Spangler says the animals are NOT in danger due to the weather.
She says as cold weather approaches, the animals develop thick winter coats.
And many of them spend much of the winter sleeping.
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Sports tease


ANCHOR=steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=none


Mike Stevens will have a report on the NASCAR media tour from TEXAS!,
We will clear the air about the Express trades,
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VO-NAT


and thanks to a lot of elbow grease and some quick thinking, the Virginia Tech basketball games and hockey contest will go off with only a few hitches.
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S-Tech


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=TB96-1
GRAPHIC=Tech basketball


The snow has forced Virginia Tech to move both the men's and women's basketball games out of Cassell Coliseum.
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VO-NAT ##eng
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Today; :00


Due to structural concerns and lack of parking, the men's game will be played at the Dedmon Center at Radford University tomorrow at noon, while the women will play at George Washington at 7pm.
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SOT
IN Q=We've

(( ))
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations Director.; :00
RUNS=:19
OUT Q=....game off campus"
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S-Center


ANCHOR=steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S5-28
GRAPHIC=Digging out


The Roanoke Civic Center snow removal crew cleared enough snow from the parking lot to allow tonight's Express game to begin on schedule at 7:30.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Today; :00


Using a whole bunch of elbow grease and big time machinery, civic center workers made space for cars, but the lot is not completely functional. Because of that, the staff dropped Roanoke a late Christmas present.
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SOT
IN Q="We've

(( ))
SUPER=01-Bob Chapman/Roanoke Civic Center Manager; :00
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=...on it"
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S-Express


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#ICE-95
GRAPHIC=Roanoke/Raleigh


The Express hits the freezer floor tonight against East Division rival Raleigh.
Contrary to other reports, Roanoke Express general manager Pierre Paiement said today that the team does not plan to trade any players at this time and that the roster is solid right now.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :


Paiement also said that goalie Matt DelJuidice is not on the trading block at this time.
Roanoke's focus is on pulling out of a recent slump. The team has picked up only 9 points in the standings since December 8-th.
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SOT
IN Q="It's a big

((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :
RUNS=:15
OUT Q= .....trying to heal"
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S-Media


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#R-31
GRAPHIC=Media tour


Our week long trip on the Nascar Media Tour paid the Southwest a visit tonight.
Mike Stevens takes us to Fort Worth, Texas where most of the area is rolling out the red carpet for the brand new Texas Motor Speedway.
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SOT
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Ft. Worth, TX; :00
SUPER=01-Bruton Smith/ Owner Texas Motor Speedway; :24
SUPER=@Mike1; :30
SUPER=01-F.M. Carroll/Vice President For Operations; :46
SUPER=01-Bernard Weinstein/North Texas University Economist/; 1:08
RUNS=1:38
OUT Q= .......news 7 sports."
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Wx-Tape
SUPER=305-37/19/67/1963/5/1981/35/25/67/NW-14mph/29.69/r;



Winter-Beauty


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sly
TAPE#95-108
GRAPHIC=WinterStorm


This has been quite a week... a record- setting snowfall that shutdown everything. A lot of us were stuck at home.
We're still digging out, trying to get back to normal.
We thought we'd end the week with a reminder that, despite the frustration and exhaustion, the snowfall is really something to see. Photographer Dennis Brown gives us a look at winter's beauty.
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SOT
IN Q=
RUNS=1:15

Dissolve back to set OUT Q=pan from Star down to Roanoke Valley; freezes shot