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1Schoolwatch

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=school info


Overall last night's snow did little damage, but we do have some school closings. Take SWATCH
(Melanie ad libs)



1-Snow


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=jda
TAPE#96-102
GRAPHIC=none


It appears that western Virginia has dodged a major confrontation with serious winter weather this morning.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Microwave


Joe Dashiell has been travelling throughout the area this morning, and joins us now from the New River Valley.
Live=Joe Full/Microwave
SUPER=@joe1;
SUPER=05-Christiansburg;
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:and encountered no problems )
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Last Night;
OutCue=Temperatures did not dip low enough to cause any serious icing.
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Live=Joe Full/Microwave
SUPER=05-Christiansburg;
( ad lib)



Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Microwave




Tech-Football


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-90
GRAPHIC=Tech Football


This week's allegations against two Virginia Tech football players have prompted an administrative response.
The faculty Senate passed a resolution demanding whatever action necessary to prevent criminal activity by student athletes.
University President Paul Torgersen says he'll set up a committee in early January to find solutions.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SOT
IN Q=The rape charges
SUPER=@File; :00
SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :17
SUPER=01-Paul Metz/Faculty Senate President; :25
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Virginia Tech President; :49
SUPER=@tRACY1; 1:17
RUNS=1:29
OUT Q=Blacksburg.

(( The rape charges against Tech football players Brian Edmonds and James Crawford are only the latest in a string of criminal charges various football players have racked up.
Faculty senate the ongoing problems cast shame on the entire campus, and coaches and administrators must be held accountable.
Senate president Paul Metz says officials MUST take action, even if it means recruiting sacrifices.
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SOT 58:39

((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.))
RUNS=:16


President Paul Torgersen says recruiting changes are among the options he's been considering.
He hopes to set up a task force in January to look at other solutions as well.
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SOT 1:06:03

((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA TECH PRESIDENT: WE WOULD LAY OUT PERHAPS MORE EXPLICITLY THAN WE DO NOW BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENT ATHLETES, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS. WE WOULD HAVE SANCTIONS IN PLACE THAT ARE CLEAR AND UNEQUIVOCAL SO THERE'S NO QUESTION OF MISUNDERSTANDING. ))
RUNS=:18


Torgersen says the campus doesn't deserve the shadow the off-the-field problems continue to cast, and he hopes to present a report on solutions to the board of visitors in February.
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((ALTIZER: ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DAVE BRAINE SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN WORKING FOR SOME TIME TO DEVELOP SOME SOLUTIONS, AND WILL BRING THOSE IDEAS TO THE TABLE WITH TORGERSEN NEXT MONTH. TRACY ALTIZER, NEWS 7 BLACKSBURG. ))
RUNS=:12))


PERU


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


Negotiations continue today as the hostage standoff in Lima, Peru enters its third day.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lima, Peru;


Yesterday members of the Tupac Amaru (TOO'-pahk ah-MAH'-roo) movement released several hostages including ambassadors from Germany, Canada and Greece.
Several hundred people including high ranking diplomats are still trapped inside the Japanese ambassador's home.
The guerrillas are demanding the release of jailed comrades.
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2Schoolwatch


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=school info


We have some school closings, due to last night's snow. Take SWATCH
(Melanie ad libs)



2-Snow


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=jda
TAPE#96-102
GRAPHIC=none


The winter storm moved through western Virginia quickly overnight, and temperatures have remained warm enough to prevent serious trouble on most of the area's highways.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Microwave


Joe Dashiell is in the New River Valley this morning. Joe, Are the roads in pretty good shape this morning?
Live=Joe Full/Microwave
SUPER=@joe1;
SUPER=05-Christiansburg;
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:roads throughout western virginia are free of serious trouble)
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;
(ad lib)
OutQ=where they need to go today.
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Live=Joe Full/Microwave
SUPER=05-Christiansburg;
( ad lib)



Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Microwave




Legionnaires


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cst
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=legionnaires


A Montgomery County man has died of Legionnaires' Disease.
The 55- year- old man was the only remaining hospitalized case after the recent Legionnaires' outbreak in the New River Valley.
He had been hospitalized at the Salem V-A Medical Center since October.
A total of 16 cases of legionella pneumonia were confirmed in that outbreak.
Two people died-- all other hospitalized patients have since been discharged and are doing well.

3Schoolwatch


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=school info


Overall last night's snow did little damage, but we do have some school closings. Take SWATCH
(Melanie ad libs)



3-Snow


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=jda
TAPE#96-102
GRAPHIC=none


Parts of western Virginia received three to five inches of snow overnight, but the winter weather did not deliver any major trouble.
Throughout most of the area this morning, roads are clear... and police report few problems.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Microwave


Joe Dashiell is on the job this morning in the New River Valley. Joe, have you found any trouble spots on the road this morning?
Live=Joe Full/Microwave
SUPER=@joe1;
SUPER=05-Christiansburg;
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:didn't see any troublesome spots on our way here this morning. )
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg
(ad lib)
OutQ=deep layer of snow on the highway.
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Live=Joe Full/Microwave
SUPER=05-Christiansburg;
( ad lib)



Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Microwave




hostage


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


A massive hostage situation continues this morning in Lima, Peru.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lima, Peru;


Yesterday members of the Tupac Amaru (TOO'-pahk ah-MAH'-roo) movement released several hostages including ambassadors from Germany, Canada and Greece.
Several hundred people including high ranking diplomats are still trapped inside the Japanese ambassador's home.
The guerrillas are demanding the release of jailed comrades.
The gunmen are threatening to kill the hostages one by one if their demands are not met.
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Ferguson


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#96-94
GRAPHIC=Ferguson


A radiology technician got his co-workers at the hospital to give him more than two million dollars.
The victims say Billy Ferguson took advantage of his best friends.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke


At the time he was technical director of radiology at Community Hospital.
The list of people who bought into his scheme included the chief of radiology, Doctor Robert Creekmore.
Some of Ferguson's closest friends put up their life savings.
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SOT 5:15:20
IN Q=I thought it

((J.C. ARNEY/INVESTOR: I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE RECLAMATION OF SILVER FROM THE X-RAY FILMS.))
SUPER=01-J.C. Arney/Investor
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=films.
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VO-NAT


Ferguson bought some silver bars... but there's no evidence he ever spent a dime of anyone's money buying old X-Ray film.
His friends and associates were fooled for FOUR YEARS.
One women who worked for Ferguson says she could have accepted it, had he just admitted he lost the money.
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SOT 4:29:35
IN Q=I would have

((BECKY STINNET/RADIOLOGY TECHNICIAN: I WOULD HAVE BEEN UNHAPPY, BUT I WOULD HAVE FORGIVEN HIM.))
SUPER=01-Becky Stinnet/Radiology Technician;
RUNS=:05
OUT Q=forgiven him.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Judge James Turk sentenced Ferguson to serve 21 months in prison and to pay back 350-thousand dollars of the missing money.

M-Legionnaires


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=mornin
WRITER=cst
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Legionnaires


A Montgomery County man has died of Legionnaires' Disease.
The 55- year- old man was the only remaining hospitalized case after the recent Legionnaires' outbreak in the New River Valley.
He had been hospitalized at the Salem V-A Medical Center since October.
A total of 16 cases of legionella pneumonia were confirmed in that outbreak.
Two people died-- all other hospitalized patients have since been discharged and are doing well.

Infertility


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=6am
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#596-
GRAPHIC=male infertility


It's considered a breakthrough in infertility treatment-- a procedure called ICSI (ICK-SEE).
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VO-NAT


"Intra-Cyto-Plasmic Sperm Injection" is used on men with a low sperm count.
It involves injecting one sperm cell into an egg -- and implanting the fertilized egg.
The success rate is comparatively good-- and the abnormality rate for babies seems no higher than the general population.
The study is reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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TOSS TO BUMP

4Schoolwatch


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=school info


We have some school closings, due to last night's snow. Take SWATCH
(Melanie ad libs)



4-Snow


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=jda
TAPE#96-102
GRAPHIC=none


This morning in western Virginia, the weather story is what didn't happen overnight.
While some areas received three to five inches of snow most avoided significant accumulation.
And this morning most roads are clear.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Microwave


Joe Dashiell is in the New River Valley this morning. Joe, is there anything to worry about this morning, as folks hit the highway?
Live=Joe Full/Microwave
SUPER=@joe1;
SUPER=05-Christiansburg;
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:to help keep most roads clear)
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;
(ad lib)
OutQ=did not materialize in most of western Virginia
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Live=Joe Full/Microwave
SUPER=05-Christiansburg;
( ad lib)



Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Microwave




P-TECH-fOOTBALL


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=AMO
TAPE#net (edit of 596-36)
GRAPHIC=tech


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.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
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.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 54:00 96-90

((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.))
SUPER=01-Paul Metz/Faculty Senate President;
RUNS=:16
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VO-NAT


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.
Tuesday, the players' lawyer said there are witnesses who say that's not possible.
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SOT 18:21
IN Q=

((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;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=between 10 and two.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


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.

4-Scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=nba


The Denver Nuggets stopped a ten-game slide with a 95-to-79 rout of the Sacramento Kings.
For last night's scores let's check the boards.
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WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=#556
SUPER=X5028;
SUPER=0096-j/Indiana/102//Orlando/95//Double Overtime//New

Jersey/81/j/Cleveland/99///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0096-/New York/78/j/Detroit/112///j/L.A. Lakers/111//Milwaukee/105///;
SUPER=x5009
SUPER=0096-/Sacramento/79/j/Denver/95////Washington/107/j/Phoenix/114///;
SUPER=x5009
SUPER=0096-j/Seattle/106//Portland/102///j/Golden State/123//Minnesota/96///;
SUPER=X5031;
SUPER=0103-/Tampa Bay/3/j/Buffalo/5////Los Angeles/0/j/N.Y. Rangers/4///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0103-j/Dallas/3//Chicago/2//Overtime//Detroit/3//Calgary/3//Overtime/;
SUPER=x5009
SUPER=0103-/Colorado/4//Edmonton/4//Overtime/j/New Jersey/2//Vancouver/1///;
RUNS=:49

(-------------) OUT Q=....last score."