12:00-01

Lawson

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-73
GRAPHIC=murder investigation


Maryland authorities have arrested a man wanted for questioning in the stabbing death of an elderly Lynchburg man two weeks ago.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


27- year- old Kenneth Lloyd Lawson was stopped yesterday for running a red light in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
A computer check showed the vehicle Lawson was driving belonged to 72- year- old Samuel J. York.
Police would "not" say whether Lawson is a suspect in York's death.
He'll be returned to Lynchburg later today.
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KY-Shooting


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=shooting


Just like yesterday, students at at Heath High School in Kentucky gathered this morning for prayer.
But this time the prayers were for the three teenage girls gunned down during yesterday's prayer session by a fellow student.
The students also said a prayer for the 14 year old shooting suspect.
Lee Cowan reports from West Paducah. ****Take from Newspath****
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting;
SUPER=05-West Paducah, KY;
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SOT
IN Q=natsot
SUPER=03-West Paducah, KY
SUPER=01-Bill Bond/Principal
SUPER=01-Ben Strong/Heath High School Student;
SUPER=01-Mindy Edwards/Heath High School Graduate;
RUNS=:00
OUT Q=what you'd expect
SUPER=05-West Paducah, KY;

((THE SCHOOL BUSES ARRIVED AT HEATH HIGH THIS MORNING, AND THE CHILDREN STEPPED OUT INTO THE DECEMBER CHILL. BUT IT IS FAR FROM A NORMAL DAY, BECAUSE JUST 24 HOURS AGO, THERE WAS A BLOODBATH HERE.

(SOT, BILL BOND, PRINCIPAL, HAVE MINISTERS AND PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS,

ETC.)
BILL BOND KNOWS THE KIDS WHO GO TO HIS SCHOOL. WEST PADUCAH IS THE KIND OF PLACE WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYONE ELSE. THAT MAKES THE CASE OF THE 14-YEAR OLD SUSPECT ALL THE MORE BAFFLING.

(SOT, BOND, "I KNEW THIS YOUNG MAN HAD IMMATURITY NOTHING TO INDICATE HE BE

VIOLENT JUST A SMALL, IMMATURE 14 YEAR OLD IN HIGH SCHOOL.")
NOW, THAT 14-YEAR OLD IS IN JAIL, ACCUSED OF MURDERING THREE SCHOOLMATES AND WOUNDING 5 OTHERS AS THEY STOOD IN THE LOBBY FOR A MORNING PRAYER. ALMOST MATTER-OF-FACTLY, WITNESSES SAY HE PULLED EARPLUGS AND A PISTOL OUT OF HIS BACKPACK AND OPENED FIRE. BEN STRONG LED THE PRAYER GROUP AND WATCHED THE HORROR UNFOLD BEFORE HE FINALLY CONVINCED THE YOUNG KILLER TO STOP.

(SOT, BEN STRONG, HEATH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT)


AS FOR A WARNING, SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THE YOUNG MAN DID TELL FELLOW STUDENTS THAT SOMETHING BIG WAS GOING TO HAPPEN THIS WEEK, BUT THAT WORD NEVER GOT BACK TO ANY SCHOOL STAFF. WHY AN OTHERWISE QUIET TEENAGER WOULD SUDDENLY SNAP IS THE QUESTION ON EVERYONE'S MIND.

(SOT, MINDY EDWARDS, HEATH HIGH GRADUATE, "HE'S A GOOD STUDENT, NICE KID, I

DON'T KNOW, NOT WHAT YOU'D EXPECT."))

RENO-Decision


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=RENO


Attorney General Janet Reno must decide today whether to seek an independent counsel to investigate fundraising activities by President Clinton and Vice President Gore.
She spent the morning talking to F-B-I director Louis Freeh who supports an independent council.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington, DC;

4:15:48
Despite the upcoming decision, President Clinton isn't slowing down his hectic fund-raising schedule. Last night he helped raise about 800-thousand dollars for the Democrats.
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Mine-AX


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


A Russian minning accident has claimed dozens of lives.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Novokuznetsk, Russia;

10:06:46
At least 61 miners on the overnight shift died when a huge methane gas explosion ripped through a mine in southern Siberia.
Six miners are still missing.
The cause of the blast is not known, but Russia's mining industry has been plagued by deteriorating safety and working conditions due largely to a lack of money.
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UVA-Death


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


Use of alcohol has resulted in the death of yet another college student in the Commonwealth--
This one from the University of Virginia.
Police say 21- year- old Leslie Anne Baltz of Reston had been drinking before she fell down a flight of stairs and hit her head.
The accident happened Saturday evening.
A spokeswoman says Baltz died Sunday at the U-V-A Hospital.
Her's marks the fifth alcohol- related death of a college student in Virginia in the last month.

Bland-County


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-79
GRAPHIC=NONE


Last night the Bland County planning commission shot down a proposed medical waste incinerator.
But the company that wants to build the incinerator says this fight is far from over.
Theresa Hamilton has more.
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SOT
IN Q=Do you
SUPER=03-Bland Co.; :05
SUPER=01-Claude Otey/Wythe Co. Resident; :15
SUPER=01-Melinda Belcher/Bland Co. Resident; :28
SUPER=01-Vic Bonomo/CaseLin Systems President; :54
SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:05
RUNS=1:12
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.

((
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SOT
IN Q=Do

((DO YOU WANT TO KILL ALL THESE PEOPLE IN HERE? ))
RUNS=:02


86- year old Ina Miller was among the opponents saying NO to CaseLin Systems request to change the zoning ordinance to allow medical waste incinerators-- fearing for their health and safety.
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SOT
IN Q=This is

((CLAUDE OTEY/WYTHE CO. RESIDENT: THIS IS NOT JUST BLAND COUNTY'S SERIOUS BUSINESS, THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS FOR GILES COUNTY, BLAND COUNTY, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, ROANOKE COUNTY, ROANOKE COUNTY IS NOT OUT OF IT EITHER, ROANOKE COUNTY IS DOWN WIND OF THIS THING. ))
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SOT
IN Q=What if

((MELINDA BELCHER/BLAND CO. RESIDENT:WHAT IF IT GOES OVER THE MOUNTAIN, ARE WE ALL GOING TO GRAB OUR GARBAGE BAGS AND GO DOWN OVER THE HILL AND GRAB IT AND CLEAN IT UP, I JUST DON'T THINK THIS IS GOING TO WORK. ))
RUNS=:00
OUT Q=to work.


In the end-- the planning commission unanimously rejected CaseLin's request. But this is one issue that's far from over. The entire matter is already tied up in court. CaseLin was granted permission to build in Bland County Circuit Court-- a decision the county hopes to appeal.
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SOT
IN Q=It's unfortunate.

((VIC BONOMO/CASELIN SYSTEM'S PRESIDENT: IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THIS IS GOING TO COST THE COUNTY A LOT OF MONEY. IT WILL COST US MONEY TOO, BUT THIS IS A PROFITABLE BUSINESS VENTURE AND WE PLAN TO BE HERE FOR A LONG TIME.))
RUNS=:00
OUT Q=long time.


Bland County will ask the state supreme court to hear it's appeal-- December 11th. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))

D'ville-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=tte
TAPE#597-46
GRAPHIC=fire aftermath


A school gym is now a temporary home for some Danville residents who lost their belongings in a fire.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville;


At O-T Bonner Middle School, cots and blankets greeted 62 families
SUPER=04-Last Week;


who's apartments burned.
The Thanksgiving night blaze destroyed the Cabin Creek Apartments.
The director of the Danville American Red Cross says it's the worst tragedy she's seen in 20 years.
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SOT 13:13:02
IN Q=They're going through the process

((MARSHA GUNNELL/RED CROSS DIRECTOR: THEY'RE GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS... HOMES TO RENT.))
SUPER=01-Marsha Gunnell/American Red Cross Director;
RUNS=:19
OUT Q=homes to rent
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VO-NAT


The Red Cross spent the day renovating the school's locker room showers, delivering extra chairs and manning a health care booth.
Meanwhile, at the American Legion building, donations of clothing are flowing in for the fire victims.
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SOT 12:35:25
IN Q=It was great

((BUDDY DRYMAN/AMERICAN LEGION: IT WAS GREAT .. HELP THE PEOPLE THAT WERE BURNED OUT, THEY LOST EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Buddy Dryman/American Legion;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=they lost everything
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VO-NAT


There's still no word on what caused the fire.
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Ok-bombing


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=ok bombing trial


The prosecution has rested at the second Oklahoma City bombing trial.
But before the prosecution rested, it put key scientific evidence to the test in its effort to prove that the bomb that destroyed the federal building was built with fertilizer and racing fuel.
Rick Sallinger reports from Denver on why that is so critical.
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SOT

4:05:08
IN Q=speaking in
SUPER=01-Rick Sallinger/Reporting; :28
RUNS=1:08
OUT Q=FOR CBS NEWS.

wipe/wipe/wipe/

UNABOMBER


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=wipe/wipe/wipe
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VO-NAT


Meantime, as jury selection continues today in the unabomber trial a large piece of evidence is en route from Montana to the trial in Sacramento.
SUPER=@File;


Ted Kaczynski's mountain cabin is being trucked in.
Defense attorneys call it a key piece of evidence that will show their client suffers from mental illness.
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Abortion-Glass


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-82
GRAPHIC=abortion


Last month's anti-abortion rally at a Lynchburg high school may land organizers in court.
They now face charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/November 10;


More than one hundred Liberty University students marched onto the property of E-C Glass High School for the early morning rally.
The group did not seek permission, and school officials called police to disperse the crowd.
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ANCHOR=melanie
SS=legal scales


Yesterday in Lynchburg, a grand jury returned indictments against three men, Phillip Lange (LANG) Benham, John Daniel Reyes (RAYS), and Jeffrey Lee Brown.

AOL-Smut


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#597-45
GRAPHIC=the internet


The Internet is uncharted territory for some parents, but this week's summit in Washington will attempt to provide parents with a map.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington, DC;


America On-line, Disney, and other Internet content providers are pledging to educate families about ways to block objectionable sites, and protect children from predators.
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


One Roanoke Internet consultant says ultimately, it's up to parents to take the initiative.
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SOT 00:22:52
IN Q=I've been in many homes

((ELTON GHEE/NEW CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES: I'VE BEEN IN MANY HOMES WHERE PARENTS WILL LEAVE THEIR KIDS WITH THE COMPUTER SYSTEM WHEN THEY GO OUT FOR THE WEEKEND OR OUT FOR WHATEVER, THEY FAIL TO REALIZE THAT THEY HAVE OPENED UP THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THEM AND WE HAVE TO PROTECT OUR KIDS OUT HERE IN DAY-TO-DAY LIFE AND NEED TO PROTECT THEM ON-LINE AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Elton Ghee/New Century Technologies;
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=online as well
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VO-NAT


A hotline will also be set up for Internet users to report suspicious Internet activity involving children.
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H'CAUST-money


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


The U-S and Great Britain have pledged to contribute millions of dollars to a new international fund that will benefit Holocaust victims.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-London;

7:24:54 or 8:02:08
The announcement was made today in London at a 41 nation conference examining the theft of gold by the Nazis in World War II.
The U-S, Britain and France want the 15 nations with stolen gold remaining under their control to put the money in the international fund.
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Global-Warming


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-74
GRAPHIC=NONE


An envionmental summit in Japan could have an effect right here in the Commonwealth.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Kyoto, Japan;


It's the Kyoto, Japan, summit on global warming.
Representatives from more than 150-countries are working on a treaty to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases.
Scientists say these gases contribute to warmer climates across the globe.
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SOT 13:00:23
IN Q=the vast

((DR. MICHAEL MACCRACKEN/U.S. GLOBAL CLIMATE RESEARCH PROGRAM: THE VAST MAJORITY OF SCIENTISTS, I THINK, AGREE THE WORLD IS WARMING. THE QUESTION IS TRYING TO PIN THAT DOWN IN DETAIL ONTO HUMAN ACTIVITIES. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael McCracken/U.S. Global Climate Research;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q= human activities
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VO-NAT


Virginia coal miners say their industry could be devastated if new limits reduce the amount of coal that can be burned in the United States.
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SOT 12:52:40
IN Q=The developing

((CECIL ROBERTS/UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA: THE DEVELOPING WORLD WHICH IS EXEMPT FROM THIS TREATY WILL BE EMITTING OVER 60% OF THE EMISSIONS BY THE YEAR 2010. SO WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS GO THROUGH ALL THIS PAIN AND SUFFERING IN THE U.S. ECONOMICALLY, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY WE WON'T HAVE ANY REDUCTIONS OF EMISSIONS INTO THE ATMOSPHERE.))
SUPER=01-Cecil Roberts/United Mine Workers;
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=the atmosphere
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VO-NAT


The Virginia Coal Council says a treaty limiting carbon dioxide emissions would cost U-S jobs, and lead to higher electric bills and gas prices.
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Line-Planets


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=afr
TAPE#597-44
GRAPHIC=NONE


Astronomers are keeping an eye on the sky this week.
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VO-NAT


In the Southwest sky, eight planets are lined up in a straight line.
And right after dusk, you can see five of them with the naked eye.
Astronomers say it's a site worth checking out.
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SOT 16:46:17
IN Q=FRIDAY EVENING

((GARY CLOSE/HOPKINS PLANETARIUM DIRECTOR: FRIDAY EVENING WE'RE HAVING A SKYWATCH FOR STUDENTS AT BEDFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL. IT'LL BE AT LIBERTY LAKE PARK IN BEDFORD. IT'LL START AT 6:30, AND WE'LL HAVE SOME TELESCOPES. AND WE'LL HAVE SOME ITT NIGHT VISION GOGGLES FOR PEOPLE TO USE. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Close/Planetarium Director;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=PEOPLE TO USE
(XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX)

Take Pinnacle Page-essC
If you want more advice on how to find the planets-- hop on the News 7 home page, and click on WEBWATCH.
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WEATHER
SUPER=300-46/45/West 6mph/30.17mph/70/1970/17/1942;
SUPER=301-46/40/Variable 5mph/30.15f/70/1970/18/1886;

Forecasts
SUPER=X5000;
SUPER=330-Increasing/Clouds/28-32/Mostly/Cloudy/50-54;
SUPER=331-Increasing/Clouds/30-33/Mostly/Cloudy/51-56;
SUPER=332-Increasing/Clouds/30-33/Cloudy/Rain Possible/52-55;
SUPER=333-Increasing/Clouds/28-32/Mostly/Cloudy/48-51;
SUPER=334-Increasing/Clouds/32-35/Rain/Likely/50-53;
SUPER=X5001;


Packers


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (04:19:15)
GRAPHIC=N-F-L


The Green Bay Packers have a one game lead over Tampa in the N-F-C Central
after beating Minnesota 27-to-11 last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/NFL-ABC Sports;


Brett Favre hit Robert Brooks to break a three-all tie in the second.
The Green Bay defense helped out by sacking Brad Johnson six times.
Minnesota didn't find the end zone until Leroy Hoard's four-yard

run with three-30 left in the game.
The Packers improved to 10-and-3.
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Frerotte


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#FB97-4
GRAPHIC=REDSKINS


Those of you Redskins' fans who have been clamoring for the team to replace Gus Frerotte with Jeff Hostetler are finally getting your wish but not for the reason you think.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD;


Frerotte is out for the year after fracturing his hip in Sunday's game against the Rams. He managed to finish the game, but now veteran Jeff Hostetler will have to finish the season starting with this Sunday's game at Arizona.
Also, The Redskins announced yesterday that running back Terry Allen could miss the final three regular season games with a sprained ankle.
The announcement was also made yesterday that the team had finally cut Alvin Harper, who has all of two catches this season.
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Tech


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#TB98-1
GRAPHIC=TECH HOOPS


The Virginia Tech men's basketball team improved to 3-and-0 last night by whipping Liberty 80-to-47 at the Cassell.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Flames vs. Hokies; :00


First year Liberty head coach Randy Dunton and the Flames came in reeling witha 1-and-4 record after playing a murderous early season schedule.
The Hokies led 30-to-11 at the break and freshman Rolan Roberts puts the exclamation point on this hoop with a power slam. It's 67-to-38.
Liberty tried to make it a game from the three point line. Jay Boykin sinks three of his nine points on the night to cut Tech's lead to 16 points.
But the Hokies were too much on the boards outrebounding the Flames 43-to-26. Eddie Lucas with the put back. He had 16 points.
SUPER=33-Liberty/47/Va. Tech/80;


On defense Kenny Harrell creates the turnover and gets the ball for the breakaway layin. Tech rolls to the 80-to-47.
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SOT
IN Q="First half...

((BOBBY HUSSEY/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:)) ((JENIS GRINDSTAFF/19 POINTS:)) ((RANDY DUNTON/LIBERTY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Jenis Grindstaff/19 Points for Hokies; :19
SUPER=01-Randy Dunton/Liberty Head Coach; :26
RUNS=:36
OUT Q=...THREE GAMES FOR THEM."
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Pitt


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-9
GRAPHIC=BIG EAST


The Big East expects Syracuse to end up in the Fiesta Bowl, and last night the league found out that Pitt is headed to the Liberty Bowl to play Southern Miss.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/Last Friday; :00


The Bowl officially extended Pittsburgh the invitation late yesterday to play in the New Year's Eve bash in Memphis.
It will be the Panthers first bowl appearance since 1989.
They secured it by beating West Virginia in triple overtime last Friday.
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STATE-TREE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-80
GRAPHIC=christmas


A decade after putting down its roots a Grayson County Christmas tree company is reaping its rewards.
Now it's won the state's "Outstanding Christmas Tree" award and a place in the governor's mansion.
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VO-NAT00:01:10
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Elk Creek resident Jimmy Shaffer and his family were greeted by First Lady Susan Allen as they delivered their prize-winning Fraser fir.
The tree grower says he's glad to have his tree in the governor's house.
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SOT-00:08:33
IN Q=I'M GLAD...
SUPER=01-Jimmy Shaffer/Shaffer and Shaffer;

(( I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT GRAYSON COUNTY GROWERS ARE FINALLY GETTING A LITTLE RECOGNITION. ))
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=...RECOGNITION
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VO-NAT


Approximately 20-million dollars worth of Christmas trees are sold each year in Virginia. (----------------)