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7weather


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By this time tomorrow we could have several inches of snow on the ground.
Beth Myer is in the weather center this morning with an update on a Winter Storm watch.
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stormwatch
Weather pro current forecast map
WX-Summ
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7Tech-Football


ANCHOR=Melanie
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WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-90
GRAPHIC=tech football

******ANCHOR TAG******
Two Virginia Tech football players aren't taking allegations of rape against them sitting down.
Brian Crawford and James Edmonds filed 32 million dollar lawsuits against their accuser.
They say she is guilty of Tresspassing, slander, assault, and attempting to extort hush money.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=01-Matt Pethyridge/Players' Lawyer; :22
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(( The woman tells News-7 she dated James Crawford in the summer of '95 and is friends with him and Brian Edmonds.
She says after a party Friday night at the players' apartment both men started taking turns with her while she was drunk. She says they ran when she yelled for help.
The players' lawyer says it's ludicrous to think a rape victim would return to the scene of the crime.
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((MATT PETHYRIDGE/PLAYERS' LAWYER: SHE CAME IN THE APARTMENT, THEY WERE ASLEEP AND SHE ACCOSTED JAMES IN HIS BED WHILE HE WAS ASLEEP. SHE EITHER DID THAT OR SHE DID NOT, AND IF SHE DID SHE'S LIABLE FOR DAMAGES REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT SHE WAS RAPED. SHE WAS, OF COURSE, NOT RAPED BY EITHER OF THESE TWO PLAYERS. ))
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The woman says she did go back, to hurt the players like they had hurt her.
She admits beating Crawford with her boot, and says he told her he thought she had consented to sex.
She denies the players' accusations that she demanded hush money, and says the only mention of money all evening came during the party, when she asked Crawford to borrow two dollars and he said it would cost her sex.
Meanwhile the players have now filed formal complaints with Blacksburg police, requesting an investigation into THEIR claims.
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((A DOZEN WITNESSES ALL PREPARED TO OFFER INFORMATION SUGGESTING THE INNOCENCE OF THESE TWO PLAYERS. NONE OF THESE PEOPLE WERE INTERVIEWED BY THE BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT. NONE. ))
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Blacksburg police chief Bill Brown says his department has consulted with the prosecutor from the beginning and will continue to investigate the case. Tracy Altizer, News 7, Blacksburg.))
ANCHOR=Melanie
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Tech officials suspended Crawford and Edmonds from the football team yesterday, but pointed out that the suspensions should NOT be construed as an indication of the players' guilt.

7Election


ANCHOR=Melanie
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WRITER=afr
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Election 96


Democrats have stopped a Republican bid to win control of the Virginia Senate.
That's due to Roscoe Reynolds' victory in yesterdays special election. take pinnacle 1050
Reynolds got 58 percent of the vote to beat Allen Dudley's for the vacant Senate seat of Congressman Virgil Goode.
ANCHOR=Melanie


Reynolds' victory preserves the 20-20 split in the Senate.
Democrat Don Beyer holds the tiebreaking vote in the State Senate.
More news and weather information coming up in about 30 minutes.
Have a great day. 7BIRTHDAYS! 12/19/96

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Movie-Review


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Jere Hodgin has adapted Dicken's classic "A Christmas Carol" for the Mill Mountain Theater and Milton Grainger added music and lyrics making this a world premier.
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The play uses narration by the cast to bridge scenes, but it distances the audience making it difficult to emotionally engage with the story.
Scrooge, who calls Christmas a Humbug and resents his clerk, Cratchet having the day with his family, is brought to a new understanding of the holiday by visitations by the ghosts of Marley--his former partner--and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, & future.
The costumes create an authentic Victorian atmosphere for the large cast who portray a variety of characters.
"A Christmas Carol" gets a B+. Its's a pleasant presentation of a holiday classic.
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55weather


ANCHOR=BETh in WX center
NEWSCAST=cutin


By this time tomorrow we could have several inches of snow on the ground.
Beth Myer is in the weather center this morning with an update on a Winter Storm watch. stormwatch
Weather pro forecast map

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SUPER=314-Winter Storm Watch/Rain Likely/45-49/Winter Storm Watch/Wintery

Mix/31-35;
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(beth toss back)


55Va-Tech


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=va tech football


It looks like Virginia Tech will take on Nebraska at the Orange Bowl with starting back Brian Edmonds and receiver James Crawford.
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The two players were suspended last night in the wake of rape charges against them.
But Edmonds and Crawford say they are the victims.
Their attorney filed a suit seeking 32-million dollars in damages-- because of the effect criminal charges could have on the player's possible N-F-L careers.
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55Election


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=afr
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Election 96


Democrat Roscoe Reynolds will fill the seat vacated by Congressman elect Virgil Goode. take pinnacle 1050
Reynolds got 58 percent of the vote to beat Allen Dudley's for the vacant Senate seat of Congressman Virgil Goode.
ANCHOR=Melanie
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Reynolds' victory preserves the 20-20 split in the Senate.
Democrat Don Beyer holds the tiebreaking vote in the State Senate. (MELANIE AD LIBS CLOSE) cutopen
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8weather


ANCHOR=BETh in WX center
NEWSCAST=cutin


It look we'll be getting some snow tonight.
Beth Myer is in the weather center this morning with an update on a Winter Storm watch. stormwatch
Weather pro current forecast map

SUPER=X5000; SET DISSOLVE
SUPER=314-Winter Storm Watch/Rain Likely/45-49/Winter Storm Watch/Wintery

Mix/31-35;
SUPER=#555; RESET
(Beth tosses back to Melanie)


8Suspensions


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-91
GRAPHIC=Tech Football


The Virginia Tech football team will go to Miami without two of its key players.
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Fullback Brian Edmonds, and receiver James Crawford will not play in the Orange Bowl following suspensions.
Monday Blacksburg police charged the players with the rape and attempted sodomy of a 19- year- old student.
Last night Tech officials said the alleged criminal activity reflects poorly on the integrity of the athletic programs and the university, and apologized to fans, students and the community.
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((DAVE BRAINE/VA. TECH ATHLETIC DIR.: OUR COURSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO TRY TO BE FAIR. WE'VE TAKEN A DAY TO LOOK OVER EVERYTHING AND TO TALK TO PEOPLE. AFTER A LOT OF SERIOUS THOUGHT WE FEEL LIKE THIS IS THE PROPER WAY TO GO. ))
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Braine was quick to point out the suspensions should NOT be construed as an indication of the players' guilt.
Both players filed a 32 million dollar lawsuit yesterday against the alleged victim.
They are charging her with trespassing, slander, assualt, and attempting to extort so-called hush money,

8Election


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=afr
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Election 96


Republicans have lost their first chance to take the majority in the state Senate.
Democrat Roscoe Reynolds won yesterday's special election. take pinnacle 1050
Reynolds got 58 percent of the vote to beat Allen Dudley for the vacant Senate seat of Congressman Virgil Goode.
ANCHOR=Melanie


Reynolds' victory preserves the 20-20 split in the Senate.
Democrat Don Beyer still holds the tiebreaking vote in the Senate.

8O'Dell


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-98
GRAPHIC=Supreme Court


Joseph Roger O'Dell's scheduled execution has been delayed.
The U.S Supreme court made the decision yesterday.
That means Virginia's record year of executions ends with number eight, Ronald Hoke... who was put to death Monday night.
Pope John Paul the second had asked Governor Allen and President Clinton last week to halt O'Dell's execution.
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Yesterday, the Governor focused attention on the suffering of victim's families.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHO KNOWS WHEN THEY'LL MAKE A DECISION ON IT. I DO FEEL VERY SORRY FOR THE VICTIM'S FAMILIES. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ADEQUATE ATTENTION... OR REVERENCE, OR SYMPATHY.))
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If O'Dell's appeal fail in 19-97, he'll be the first to die in the electric chair in two-and-a-half years. (Melanie ad libs close) (-------0---------)