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SUPER=70-Connie Stevens;
SUPER=70-Patrick Evans;
SUPER=70-Steve Mason;
ANCHOR=Connie
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(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...AS A DARK CLOUD LOOMS OVER VIRGINIA TECH-- ADMINISTRATORS SAY THEY WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES TO PREVENT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY BY STUDENT ATHLETES.
THE PARTY NUMBERS MAY STAY THE SAME, BUT IS THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE CHANGING NOW THAT ROSCOE REYNOLDS IS HEADING TO RICHMOND AS A STATE SENATOR?
IT'S WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18TH--TONIGHT'S TOP STORY
THE REGION PREPARES TO DO BATTLE WITH A PRE-CHRISTMAS BOUT OF SNOW-- ))
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P-Winter-Storm


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10 p.m.
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#596-35
GRAPHIC=news-7 pt


Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
SS=winter storm


The eastern part of the country is facing the same winter storm that socked in much of the Plains.
And the snow is now here--effecting much of Southwest Virginia.
double boxes Connie/Kimberly


Kimberly McBroom spent the evening traveling across the New River Valley, now she joins us from Christiansburg..
Kim, what's it like out there?
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(roll cue: "...of much more to come.")
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ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=school info


With snow, comes school delays and cancellations-and here's the latest list-- dissolve to Schoolwatch
Concord College is operating one hour late -- but employees report on time tomorrow.
Covington is operationg two hours late.
SChools in Carroll and Floyd Counties are closed tomorrow--so are schools in Galax and Grayson County.
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Open
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P-TECH-fOOTBALL


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=AMO
TAPE#596-36
GRAPHIC=NONE
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


The Virginia Tech faculty senate has been working on how to handle criminal activity, even before the recent rape charges against two football players surfaced earlier this week.
SUPER=04-File Tape;


The rape charges against Tech football players Brian Edmonds and James Crawford are the latest in a string of criminal charges various football players have racked up.
Faculty senate members say coaches and administrators must be held accountable.
Senate president Paul Metz says officials MUST take action, even if it effects recruiting.
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((PAUL METZ/FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT: WHEN YOU START TO HOLD ADMINISTRATORS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENTIRE PACKAGE, THEN THEY START TO SAY WELL MAYBE THIS SUPERSTAR KID THAT I'VE GOT REAL QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS CHARACTER, MAYBE THIS IS SOMEBODY I'M GONNA LET GO TO ANOTHER INSTITUTION AND I'LL PASS ON HIM, EVEN THOUGH HE MIGHT WIN THE BIG GAME FOR US ONE DAY.))
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Meantime the alleged victim says she was the only one left at the party when the Tech players raped her in Edmonds' bedroom around one-thirty A-M.
Yesterday, the players' lawyer said there are witnesses who say that's not possible.
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((MATT PETHYBRIDGE/PLAYERS' LAWYER: WE HAVE NUMEROUS MEMBERS OF THE WOMEN'S TRACK TEAM WHO WILL TESTIFY THAT THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY THAT SHE COULD'VE BEEN RAPED IN THE TIME THAT THE PARTY WAS GOING ON BETWEEN 10 AND TWO. ))
SUPER=01-Matt Pethybridge/Players' Lawyer;
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=tech football


But one of those track team members, Gena Franklin tells News-7 she and five others were the last to leave the party, EXCEPT the alleged victim who stayed behind with Crawford and Edmonds.
She says that was at one-thirty, around the time the alleged victim says she was attacked.

P-Peru


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#net-a
GRAPHIC=none


Peruvian guerrillas holding hostages in Lima have released the ambassadors of Canada, Greece and Germany-- and a Peruvian official.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lima, Peru


Rebels disguised as waiters stormed a reception at the Japanese ambassador's home last night.
Early on about 170 people were released-- but hundreds of dignitaries are still being held-- possibly including six Americans.
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((NICHOLAS BURNS/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: WE CALL UPON THE TERRORISTS WHO ARE HOLDING THESE HOSTAGES TO RELEASE THEM QUICKLY AND SAFELY AND UNHARMED. THERE CAN BE NO JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS SHAMEFUL AND VIOLENT ACT OF TERRORISM.))
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VO-NAT


Members of the Tupac Amaru movement are demanding the release of their jailed comrades.
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=NONE

Still to come-- what do the top state officials think about yesterday's special election?
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VO-NAT


And as many people continue searching for "Tickle Me Elmo"-- one well-connected man didn't have any trouble buying several of the dolls.
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WEFC!!!
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P-FBI


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=JJA
TAPE#net-b
GRAPHIC=none


An FBI agent is charged with spying for the Russians.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


Federal Prosecutors say Earl Pitts was willing to sell out his country for roughly 250 thousand dollars.
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((HELEN FAHEY/U.S. ATTORNEY: NOTHING WAS SACRED TO PITTS. HE WAS WILLING TO BETRAY HIS COUNTRY, HIS AGENCY AND HIS FELLOW AGENTS.))
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=NONE


Pitts is accused of selling classified documents relating to the national defense-- as well as personal and medical information about fellow FBI agents who might be vulnerable to recruitment.

P-Election-Folo


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=5pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#596-37
GRAPHIC=reynolds


Now that Roscoe Reynolds is heading back to Richmond as a state senator, his old job is up for grabs.
SS=democrats

Fellow democrats are pushing for Barnie Day to fill Reynold's House of Delegates seat.
SS=republicans


Republicans are still looking for a candidate.
Ellen Qualls has more on the impact of last night's election.
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(( IF Republican Allen Dudley had tipped the Senate balance of power to the GOP, it would have bolstered the power of George Allen, and weakened Democrat Don Beyer in the year he will run for Governor.
But Dudley didn't win.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME WITH EITHER... CONSERVATIVE WORKING MAJORITY.))
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IT KEEPS A 20-20 SENATE WHICH I LIKE. BUT FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT, IT SENDS A WISE, CONSCIENTIOUS, VERY SINCERE INDIVIDUAL TO RICHMOND. ROSCOE REYNOLDS IS A GOOD MAN, NOT A PARTICULARLY PARTISAN MAN.))
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Some Republicans are smarting today from an 11th hour bullet to the Dudley campaign they frankly didn't expect.
The National Rifle Association sent out blaze orange postcards endorsing Democrat Roscoe Reynolds over the weekend.
Ellen Qualls, NEWS-7 RIchmond.))

P-Beyer


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-91
GRAPHIC=beyer


One man who benefits from a Reynolds victory, Democrat Don Beyer unveiled what may be his most important legislative agenda in eight years as Lieutenant Governor.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Beyer says his relatively modest 14- point agenda is politically achievable.
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((BUT I'M HERE PUSHING FOR GIVING TEACHERS THE ABILITY TO THROW DISRUPTIVE STUDENTS OUT OF THEIR CLASSROOMS RIGHT NOW...LITERACY PASSPORT... GOALS 2000...NEED TO ACT ON THEM RIGHT NOW.))
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TALENT=Connie
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Beyer says his TOP priority when the legislature reconvenes January 8th is to fix the "lag pay" issue for state workers.
Moving state paychecks back two weeks may be better accounting businessman Beyer says -- but it should NOT cost state workers money.

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ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-92
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


Also unveiled today-- one of two competing commissions on Virginia's environment.
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VO-NAT
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The Governor's commission, headed by Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore concluded the state was mostly on the right track environmentally.
That's despite a recent watchdog agency report that polluters weren't being punished much by the Allen administration.
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((ATTORNEY GEN. JIM GILMORE: THAT'S WHY THIS COMMISSION HAS INCLUDED A RECOMMENDATION THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE BE GIVEN ADDITIONAL POWERS FOR CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT. I THINK THAT'S A VERY SIGNIFICANT RECOMMENDATION. WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEYS ACROSS THE STATE.))
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TALENT=Connie
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A Sierra Club spokesman described the report as "not much meat... not much potatoes either."
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=NONE


The skinny on those increasingly popular diet pills...the magic bullet is not quite here.
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VO-NAT


On Primetime Sports-- three Salem starters are benched, but the Spartans still give Cave Spring a fight on the hardwoods.
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WEFC!!!
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P-Elmo


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#net-D
GRAPHIC=christmas shopping


It's no secret the hardest toy to find in time for Christmas is Tickle-Me-Elmo... but apparently one person didn't have any problems.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


Two New York newspapers are reporting John Gotti Junior-- the son of the jailed mob boss-- bought a case of the Tickle Me Elmo dolls.
Gotti, his wife and several other couples did some late night shopping Friday at Toys-R-Us in Queens...and spent eight-thousand dollars on many carts of toys including the red stuffed muppets.
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ANCHOR=Connie
SS=HOLD


Most stores ran out of Tickle Me Elmos weeks ago, but one store manager says Gotti was just fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. toss to pev Forecasts
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RRE-CST-TOSS
ANCHOR=Connie


Primetime sports is headed your way on News-7 Primetime right here on WEFC. cc sponsor go to break

P-Med-Wrap


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#596-42
GRAPHIC=flu shot


On Health Check, some people may need a second flu shot this year.
SS=diet pill


And--It's not the magic potion-- we'll have the latest on diet drugs and weight loss.
SS=breast cancer


Plus-- two new studies from the National Cancer Institute suggests a new timetable for treating breast cancer.
Here are some of the top medical items of the day.
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((
It appears the influenza vaccine from one manufacturer isn't effective enough against one of the three flu viruses around this year.
Consequently 11 batches of the vaccine were recalled...because of lack of potency - it just wasn't strong enough.
So who needs a second shot?
Only those people who received the recalled vaccine and are at risk for complications from the flu - like the elderly or those with chronic heart and lung diseases.
Contact your health care provider to find out what vaccine you received.
Only 5-7% of all people who got a flu shot got that particular vaccine anyway. wipe wipe wipe
The latest studies show obesity drugs-- like redux-- do help some people lose weight....and keep it off.
But researchers note obesity is a chronic disease so the medication would likely need to be continued for years.
The problem?
There are few studies on how safe and effective these drugs are over the long run.
The study concludes that outline use of these drugs shouldn't be recommended just yet and short term use is definitely a poor idea.
Those who do benefit from taking the drugs are those who have other health problems like diabetes or hypertension. wipe wipe wipe wipe
And for women with early breast cancer-- researchers say patients may benefit from taking the drug "tamoxifen" for 10-years.
That recommendation is in direct conflict with one last month that said women should only stay on the drug for 5-years.... in part because tamoxifen may slightly increase the risk of uterine cancer.))

cool-video


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#cool video
GRAPHIC=News-7 primetime


Tonight's winner for the more curious video of the day....comes from Clearwater, Florida--
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VO-NAT
SUPER=75-Clearwater, FL; :

where what some believe is an image of the Virgin Mary is causing quite a stir.
Hundreds have flocked to this office building, as some are calling it a miracle, a holy vision appearing on the windows.
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Others though, are not quite ready to say what this quote-- apparation-- might be.
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toss to steve

SP-Score


ANCHOR=steve
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#ST5-24
GRAPHIC=Noen


UVa/Liberty hoops highlights and some high school, action to bring you, but first...Christmas came early in the orient.
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SUPER=03-Beijing, China; :00


Kids got a special treat as Beijing Lions pro basketball player Tyrone Dolemcn played Santa Clause for the youth. He not only gave up lap time butr also showed off some sant moves. now the numbers.
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SUPER=0096-/Sacramento/28//Denver/42/2///Washington/56//Phoenix/47/2//;
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SP-UVA ANCHOR-steve
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=twe
TAPE#-VB97-1
GRAPHIC=UVa Hoops


7 and 1 Liberty came in confident against 4 and 2 Virginia at U-Hall. But the Cavs rolled to a 67-54 win.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Flames vs. Cavaliers;


The Wahoos were back in action for the first time since an ACC loss to Clemson 11 days ago.
They would start quickly. Jamal Robinson hits Roanoker Curtis Staples who goes to the rack in transition, and Virginia led by 4.
But the Flames hung tough. Peter Aluma and Mark Reed play the 2 man game. Reed strokes the area code 3 from the corner.
Courtney Alexander led the Cavs with 20 tonight. He slices down the lane for the reverse layin. But he would later leave the game with a sprained ankle.
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Liberty would not go away. Eric Sorenson gets the steal and kicks it out to Gabe Caldwell for the deuce.
UVa's board work put out the fire. Here they get not one, not two, but six shots and Norman Nolan finishes with the jam. Cavs go to 5 and 2 with the 13 point win.
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SP-Cave


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=BB97-1
GRAPHIC=Hometown hoops


Cave Spring power forward Alex Phillips is one focus of this Wednesday's addition of Hometown Hoops Weekly. Tonight, the college recruit and his mates hosted Salem.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Spartans vs. Knights; :00


3 Spartan starters, including Hershel Thomas, Salem's top player were suspended for the game because of technical fouls last night against Blacksburg.
Phillips took advantage. Ryan Bointott goes inside to the big man, Phillips uses the window for the bucket.
Salem's Sam Lazarro took matters into his own hands, driving the lane in traffic and getting the roll around the iron.
Phillips...too strong inside at SUPER=33-Salem/32/Cave Spring/45;

6'6". Ricky Dierker gives to the senior and...money!!!
Salem kept an early lead thanks to some long bombs but the Spartans had trouble stopping Cave's inside game. Cave goes on to win 45-32.
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SP-Boxing


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S6-25
GRAPHIC=Boxing


One note from the ring. Part time Martinsville resident Oliver Mccall and Lennox Lewis are scheduled for a rematch in February.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Las Vegas; :00


Lewis was at the fight news conference today, but Mccall, who is facing charges in Nashville for Vandalism, disordely conduct and resisting arrest, was nowhere to be found.
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((LENNOX LEWIS/FORMER HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMP:))
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SP-Baseball


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=10pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S6-21
GRAPHIC=MLB


Teams from the Major Leagues continue to make off-season moves today. Eddie Murray thought he was done with the west coast when he left the Dodgers.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball; :00


The free agent needs a moving truck again. The Anaheim Angels have a greed to terms on a one year contract with the 40 year old Murray, who played last season with Cleveland and Baltimore.
Also, Greg Swindell has signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Swindell split the 96 season with Houston and the Indians.
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preview-boards


ANCHOR=Connie
NEWSCAST=10
WRITER=amo
TAPE#bds
GRAPHIC=none


That's it for us on NEWS-7 Primetime-- See you tomorrow, Goodnight. For the latest school information, watch NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7.