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ANCHOR=Keith

Up next on News 7 at 6: On the heels of recent high profile arrests, Virginia Tech will make it mandatory for all athletes: relationship sensitivity training.
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and a county on the way back: we'll visit Pocahontas West Virginia and find out how it's chipping away at a high unemployment rate.
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Sports-head
ANCHOR=Mike


Tonight in sports, Frank Beamer says its time to crack the whip on his football team, Joe Gibbs says he's not leaving NASCAR to coach the Falcons,
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And former Roanoke rebel Mike Keenan is fired today by the St. Louis Blues, losing both his head coaching and general manager positions.
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Wx-Head
ANCHOR=Patrick
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Tech-Players


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#FB96-2
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech Football


Good evening.
For the first time since two of his players were charged with rape and attempted sodomy, Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer talked about his troubled program this morning. Two shot with Mike Mike Stevens was in Blacksburg for the news conference, one that I would imagine was less than upbeat. Stay on two shot with Mike & Keith
Mike adlibs Go centered on Turn
Brian Edmonds and James Crawford are the most recent players to make headlines for something other than scoring touchdowns, but the problems date back more than a year, and Beamer made it clear today that the sorry behavior must stop.
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((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
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Keith, Beamer says he will continue to handle each case on a individual basis - especially when it comes to reevaluating whether or not to reinstate the handful of players who are still on suspension.
I'll have more from Beamer and the players tonight in sports.

Safe


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-94
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech Football


Beginning in January, all Tech athletes will be required to participate in a sexual assault and awareness program.
Project SAFE, as it's called, has actually been in the development stages since last year, long before this week's rape charges against Crawford and Edmonds.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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(( It was LAST December when Christy Brzonkala went public with her charges of rape against Tech football players Tony Morrison and James Crawford.
The criminal charges were dismissed.
But Tech officials decided the case reflected a need to better educate all students about sexual assault.
Athletic Director Dave Braine says Project SAFE, Sexual Assault Facts and Education, accomplishes and even exceeds that goal.
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((DAVE BRAINE/TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: BUT IT ALSO BRINGS TO LIGHT HOW IMPORTANT ALCOHOL EDUCATION IS, BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF SEXUAL ASSAULTS THAT OCCUR ARE BECAUSE OF ALCOHOL. ))
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Over the course of four two- hour seminars, the program tries to get at the roots of sexual assault with discussions on topics such as self-esteem and communication between partners.
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((ELYZABETH HOLFORD/PROJECT SAFE COORDINATOR: WE START WITH LITERALLY DEFINITIONS, THE LEGAL ISSUES, WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH THE MYTHS AND THE FACTS. AND THEN WE START TALKING ABOUT THE ISSUES IN TERMS OF RELATIONSHIPS, ISSUES THAT ARISE IN RELATIONSHIPS, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS, INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS. ))
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Athletes will be the first to participate in Project SAFE. It will be mandatory for them, as well as members of fraternities and sororities and the Corps of Cadets before it's extended campus-wide next Fall. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Blacksburg.))

Fuel-Prices


ANCHOR=keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-89
GRAPHIC=None


The cost of heating your home may start burning a hole in your wallet.
Roanoke Gas customers can expect to find a 20 to 25 percent increase in their natural gas bills.
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But similar problems are affecting the entire home- heating industry.
Fuel oil customers will see a 10- percent increase over last year... and a 14- percent rate hike as compared to this summer.
Some distributors say, however, there's reason for optimism.
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((RON LUNDY/APB-WHITING OIL: HISTORICALLY WHEN YOU SEE FLUCTUATIONS, THEY GO UP. THEY ALSO COME BACK DOWN AND IN THE PAST. WE HAVE NO REASON TO THINK THAT THIS WON'T BE THE SAME THING THIS WINTER. THOSE INCREASES THAT WE'RE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW SHOULD BE SHORT LIVED. ))
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ANCHOR=keith
SS=None


Some local analysts say prices on fuel oil and natural gas could go down as early as February.

Beyer-Race


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE#96-91
GRAPHIC=Don Beyer


The Lieutenant Governor's attempt to bridge the gap and find solutions to racial problems has been labelled as superficial by fellow Democrat Doug Wilder.
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Don Beyer held today's unity summit at a church in Richmond.
It included the black caucus and legislators on the state level.
Jewish and Muslim leaders also attended.
Former Governor Doug Wilder scoffed at the meeting.
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((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: IF YOU GOT SOME CONCRETE PROPOSALS, FINE. THREE HOURS SET ASIDE TO DISCUSS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS MIDDLE OF THE DAY HARDLY SEEMS TO ME IN SUBSTANTIATE INVOLVEMENT DIRECTION WE NEED. ))
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Beyer defended the summit saying its intent was to generate ideas for reducing hate crimes and healing racial divisions.
He is the all-but-certain Democratic nominee for the race for Governor next year.
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Falwell-Flynt


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#96-88
GRAPHIC=Jerry Falwell

NB: anchor TAG!
Larry Flynt and Jerry Falwell- -together again...
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VO-NAT
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not just on the big screen in a movie about the pornography publisher due out in some cities next week.
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No. Now, the Lynchburg evangelist has agreed to make a joint appearance with Flint on LIVE television tomorrow night.
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(( ))
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Twelve years ago this month the two men were fighting it out in a Roanoke courtroom.
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((I THINK IT'S AN ON-GOING BATTLE; I THINK IT'S 6,000 YEARS OLD.))
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Larry Flynt had come to town to defend himself against Falwell's 45-million dollar defamation suit.
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((IT'S BEYOND ME TO UNDERSTAND THAT A COUNTRY FOUNDED ON THE PRINTED WORD THAT 200 YEARS LATER, PEOPLE ARE STILL CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT YOU READ OR ABOUT WHAT KIND OF MOVIES THAT YOU SEE.))
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The federal jury in Roanoke concluded Flynt had intentionally inflicted "emotional distress" on Falwell by publishing a parody of a liquor ad, suggesting Falwell was a drunk whose sexual initiation took place in an outhouse with his mother.
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((IF LARRY HAD BEEN PHYSICALLY ABLE AND WERE NOT IN A WHEEL CHAIR. THERE'D HAVE BEEN NO LAWSUIT. I'M A CAMPBELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA COUNTRY BOY. I'D JUST TAKE HIM OUTSIDE THE BARN AND WHIP HIM AND THAT'D BE THE END OF IT.))
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The Supreme Court eventually overturned the trial court's decision. Falwell got nothing, but said today he enjoyed every minute of what he unapologetically calls an attempt to put Flynt out of business.
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((I'M YOUR DREAM CLIENT. I'M THE MOST FUN. I'M RICH, AND I'M ALWAYS IN TROUBLE.))
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ANCHOR=Keith


Flynt and Falwell will be on Larry King LIVE tomorrow night.
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=NONE


Still to come on News 7 at 6-- How one county has managed to cut its jobless rate almost in half in the past year.
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and we'll meet two friends who've just met but are already forging a bond that will last for years.
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Pocahontas


ANCHOR=keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-92
GRAPHIC=None


Last year News- 7 reported on the severe unemployment problems of Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
But it now seems that significant progress has been made.
Scott Prince reports.
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((It appears Pocahontas County residents have weathered the storm in more ways than one.
This time last year, unemployment was at 20- point- five percent.
Then two floods practically paralyzed the area.
But the county is now putting its best foot forward.
The newly opened West Virginia Shoe Company has instantly become one of Marlinton's largest employers, thanks to an increasing number of sales.
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((GORDON STUART/WEST VIRGINIA SHOE: SOME OF THE TOP RETAILERS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE CAST THEIR LOT WITH US. ))
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The factory is already making shoes for J.C. Penny and Sebago... and they've secured new contracts with J. Crew and Brooks Brothers.
By the end of 1997 company officials hope to employ 200 workers. Stand up 14:48:02 ((There' little doubt that places like West Virginia Shoe have made a significant impact. But just as important are the small businesses. Here in Marlinton, most have recovered from the flooding, and that's put even more people back in the workforce.))
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End Stand up
For years the River Place Restaurant operated in cramped quarters.
But last month, an expansion project was completed...
The restaurant reopened with 28 workers... more than twice the staff it had before.
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((MELANIE SHAFER/RIVER PLACE RESTAURANT: I HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD WORKERS. REALLY GOOD WORKERS. THEY PUT THEIR HEART AND SOUL IN THIS PLACE. ))
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Since last year, the unemployment rate has nearly been sliced in half.
But at 10- point- 8 percent, West Virginia officials know they still have a long way to go.
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((SEN. WALT HELMICK/D- MARLINTON: THE WAY WE FEEL WE CAN GET IT EVEN LOWER AND STABILIZE THE ECONOMY IN POCAHONTAS COUNTY IS DOING AS MUCH AS WE POSSIBLY CAN WITH THE RESOURCES WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US-- NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE TIMBER INDUSTRY. ))
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But for right now, most seem satisfied that STEPS have been taken in the right direction.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Pocahontas County West Virginia. ))

Interstates


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#96-100
GRAPHIC=None


The state is planning to widen Interstate 81, from Bristol to Winchester.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.


Officials estimate it will take 20 years and two BILLION dollars, to rebuild the highway.
They want to make it six to eight lanes wide.
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The state is also getting OUT of the maintenance business on part of I-81 and two other interstates.
It's turning some basic chores over to a Richmond company called Virginia Maintenance Services.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THIS IS A 131-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT BETWEEN VMS AND VDOT AND IT'S EXPECTED TO SAVE THE TAXPAYERS OF VIRGINIA 22 MILLION DOLLARS IN THIS CONTRACT COMPARED TO WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST VDOT TO PERFORM THESE SAME SERVICES.))
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The pilot project will start on I-95 next year, on I-81 and I-77 the year after that.
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#=None
GRAPHIC=NONE

Another day of heaving trading on Wall Street. The Dow jumped 127 points, closing at 64 hundred 74. NASDAQ gained ten and a half points.
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Trash

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ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-98
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal


Roanoke is studying the possibility of turning over trash collection to private contractors.
But if cheaper is better, city officials say they win the comparison.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;


A committee appointed by city council invited proposals from private haulers for up to half of Roanoke's residential trash collection.
Estimates from two firms were opened this morning, and officials say the city's cost was substantially lower.
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=Roanoke City Seal


A spokesman for BFI Waste Systems applauded the city's study.
But Scott Axelson says his company's proposal would have been more competitive if the city considered privatizing all of its residential trash collection, not just half.

Leader-dog


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#96-95
GRAPHIC=None


A man from New Castle has a new leash on life this Christmas.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke


Rodney Brown spent the last month at a training center near Detroit.
That's where he met his new companion, Biff, a 16-month old yellow labrador retriever.
They arrived home this afternoon to the anxious arms of his mother and a friend.
Beth is the one who called the Lions Club and found out Rodney would be eligible for a Leader Dog.
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((IT WAS LIKE, "OH, AM I READY FOR THIS?" IT JUST HAPPENED. AND IT'S GOING TO OPEN UP A LOT OF DOORS, BECAUSE I'M GOING BACK TO SCHOOL, GOING TO TAKE SOME COMPUTER CLASSES AND STUFF LIKE THAT.))
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He's the perfect candidate for the Lion's Club program: very active, a great attitude, loves animals.
Beth says: he sees better than most people do.
Rodney and Biff have another year of training, before they function as a team.
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Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#SPORTS TEASE
GRAPHIC=NONE


Coming up tonight in sports, one of the nation's top running backs is turning pro early, Joe Gibbs denies he's in line to coach the Falcons.
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And Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer says enough is enough. it's past time for the charges and the embarrassment surrounding his football team to cease.
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S-Beamer


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#TF96-2
GRAPHIC=TECH FOOTBALL


Today was supposed to be Virginia Tech' Pre-Orange Bowl media day to discuss the team's New Year's Eve matchup with Nebraska.
But before Frank Beamer could discuss the Cornhuskers heralded Blackshirts defense, he had to discuss his own tea's most recent black eye.
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ANCHOR=Mike
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As for the players who are on suspension right now, Beamer says he will deal with them on an individual basis before making any determination about their return in the future.

S-Davis


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ksh
TAPE#fb96-3
GRAPHIC=NFL LOGO


Elsewhere on the college front tonight, Heisman Trophy runner-up Troy Davis has run as far as he can with the Iowa State Hawkeyes and will now make a run for the NFL.
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The two-time All American, who led the nation in rushing this year with two-thousand-185 yards, is the first major-college ball carrier to exceed two-thousand yards twice in his carrier.
The Iowa State running back made his decision after meeting with his family and Hawkeye Coach Dan McCarney.
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S-Gibbs


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#RS96-1
GRAPHIC=JOE GIBBS


Joe Gibbs phone has been ringing off the hook today after an Atlanta radio station last night and this morning the hall of famer Joe Gibbs was coming out of retirement to take over the Falcons.
Gibbs had this to say this afternoon from his race shop in Charlotte.
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Gibbs, along with many others, is saying so long to a good friend this Sunday as the Redskins host the Cowboys in the final game played at RFK stadium.
Gibbs says no matter where he goes the rest of his life, he will always feel at home in Washington.
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S-Keenan


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-25
GRAPHIC=MIKE KEENAN


Former Roanoke Valley Rebel, Mike Keenan, got the rudest of Christmas gifts today when he was fired by the St. Louis Blues.
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Keenan was stripped of not only his head coaching duties, but also his general manager's title.
The Blues are two games under 500 this season, and Keenan is the first coach to lose his job in the NHL this year.
Assistant Jimmy Rodgers was promoted to head coach.
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S-Camby


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ksh
TAPE#BB97-1
GRAPHIC=Marcus Camby


An attorney will have his day in court as a defendant for attempting to bribe NBA star Marcus Camby into choosing him as a sports agent.
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SUPER=04-NBA; :00


Wesley Spears turned himself in today and faces charges of attempted larceny by extortion and promoting prostitution because of a December incident involving the Toronto Raptor center.
The charges claim that Spears, also a landlord, hired a female tenant to have sex with Camby, and in return hire him as Camby's agent.
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