Up next on News 7 at Six.
Local law enforcement officials use the internet to nab a drug dealer in
A Central Virginia Church is giving to the needy.
The twist--it will cost them a little time and prayer.
And you may soon see these inventions on store shelves.
They're the brain-child of Roanoke school children.
Tonight in sports, the Knicks' Patrick Ewing is out for the rest of the
Steve Mason takes a look back at Tech's 1994 Gator Bowl experience.
The Cowboys get knocked out one more time as they lose their 10th of the
And the old man, Darrell Green comes alive in the final game of the regular
season to lead the Redskins to a three point win over the Eagles and keep
Washington in the playoff hunt.
The first day of winter decides to live up to it's billing, as we expect
some freezing precipitation overnight and early tomorrow. Details forthcoming
from the News 7 Weather Center.
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Good Evening, I'm Denise Allen sitting in for Eric Earnhart.
Bedford County police busted a local drug dealer who was using the Internet
to set up drug transactions.
Authorities raided a home in Vinton following a lengthy investigation into
They arrested 52-year old Kirby Adams of 1999 Drewry's Hill Road.
Charges against Adams include possession of marijuana with intent to
Sheriff Brown said the investigation and arrest is evidence that drug
dealers are becoming bolder and investigations are becoming more complex as
Abortions are now available for women only days into their pregnancy-way
before they've missed a menstrual period.
According to the New York Times, about 23 Planned Parenthood clinics are
taking advantage of the new technology
that costs less than abortions later in a pregnancy.
But, pro-lifers aren't phased by the new procedure--they say it still means
a person is being killed.
It's normal during the first of the new year for people to make
But as David Johnson explains, a Danville church is offering an early
incentive to keep those promises.
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((Families lacking a holiday meal and gifts for their children can get those
items at the Abundant Life World Outreach Church.
But before getting their hands on the goods, each family must attend
((BILL MOTLEY/ABUNDANT LIFE PASTOR; WE'RE DOING THIS TO IMPACT FAMILIES. IT'S
NOT SO MUCH WHERE THEY END UP GOING TO CHURCH AFTER THEY VISIT HERE. BUT WE
WANT TO IMPACT THEIR LIFE BOTH PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. ))
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE CHURCH STARTED DOING THIS FOUR YEARS AGO. IT
BEGAN FEEDING 100-FAMILIES AND ADDED 50-FAMILIES EACH YEAR. THIS YEAR MORE THAN
250-FAMILIES WILL RECEIVE A 15-POUND TURKEY AND THREE BAGS OF GROCERIES FILLED
WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS. ADDED TO THAT 400-BICYCLES WILL BE GIVEN TO THE
CHILDREN IN THOSE FAMILIES. TOTAL COST FOR THIS COMMUNITY GIFT, AROUND
((SOME OF THE LOCAL BUSINESSES HAVE COME IN AND HELPED US PURCHASE ONE OR TWO
BICYCLES. BUT PRIMARILY, THE SOURCE IS GOD. GOD'S OUR SOURCE AND OUR
CONGREGATION HAVE ALL REALLY CHIPPED IN AND GOTTEN INVOLVED. WE JUST ALL WANT
TO BE A BLESSING TO THIS COMMUNITY.))
Recipients like the initial gift, but say the long term benefits are what
make the difference.
((GRACIE WILSON/ATTENDS OUTREACH CHURCH; I FOUND A NEW PERSON IN ME. I HAD GOT
JOBS THAT I THOUGHT WOULDN'T AMOUNT TO NOTHING BUT THEY DID. WORKED AT
MAURICE'S FOR A YEAR. I WORKED AT FOOD COURT IN THE MALL FOR TWO YEARS. ))
((ANGELA SAUNDERS/ATTENDS OUTREACH CHURCH; I'M BUYING A HOME AND I'M DRIVING. I
DIDN'T HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE WHEN I CAME HERE, I'M DRIVING.
I'VE HAD ANOTHER CHILD AND I'M MARRIED NOW.))
The church feeds several hundred people throughout each year, but Pastor
Motley says Christmas is the season for giving and the one big time when people
respond best to the church's offerings.
David Johnson, News 7, Danville.))
When it comes to downsizing--even Christian organizations aren't immune.
Pink slips are going out to about one-fifth of the employees for the
The group also plans to end production of its magazine--Christian American
by the end of this month.
Other items on the chopping block include the Samaritan Project--which
reached out to black Americans.
It will now become an independent group.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Some local students are fast becoming young inventors.
They came up with inventions that everyone can find useful including
slippers with lights on them.
We'll have that story coming up for you in just a few minutes but first
let's check in with Patrick Evans in the weather center.
It looks like we have some wintry weather headed our way.
(toss to Patrick)
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Virginia's largest health-care provider bumps three area hospitals from its
And union workers in Danville make an about-face.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business
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((The Commonwealth's biggest health-care network is dropping three
Columbia/H-C-A hospitals from its list of preferred providers.
This after Trigon/ Blue Cross Blue Shield and hospital management deadlocked
on contract negotiations.
In Danville, Goodyear union workers went back to the polls and reversed last
month's vote against working seven days a week.
In return...Goodyear has promised to rehire laid off workers and add 300 new
In Martinsville, city leaders are being selective about the businesses they
pick to fill an industrial park.
Developers say there's room for two thousand new, high-paying jobs.
In the Roanoke Valley, every Moore's Lumber and Building Supplies store is
closed except one on Franklin Road.
This, one week after Moore's was bought out by an Oklahoma company that
pledged to "aggressively reallocate" Moore's resources.
So far that "reallocation" has cost close to 100-jobs.
I-T-T's dark-defying Night Finder might be on your holiday gift list..
If you're willing to pay 600-dollars to see in the dark.
The Roanoke company envisions big sales now that the public can buy
technology similar to what the military has used for years.
djia pre pro
Asia's problems keep plaguing Wall Street.
The Dow Jones industrials lost 82-points this week.
The Nasdaq dropped 12.
That's this week's Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Future hot Christmas presents were on display at Grandin Court Elementary
Inventors showed their wares at the Second annual Invention-Convention.
The assignment was to create something that would help people by saving
time, energy or space-- making everyday life a little easier.
A teacher came up with the idea while watching late night television.
The results, these night-time slippers equipped with lights for walking
through the house in the dark.
And this storage sweeper keeper makes storage and cleaning under the bed a
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CLOTHES IN IT AND WHILE YOUR PULLING IT OUT TO PUT CLOTHES IN IT SWEEPS YOUR
FLOOR UNDER THE BED.))
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Teachers hope their fifth graders learn how to use their creativity and
ingenuity to help others.
Or in the case of this headphone helmet--this inventor says it will
encourage people to wear their helmet because they can listen to music and he
uses it in the car.
He says it will protect him when his sister tries to stop him from listening
to music by smacking him on the head.
Trying to find the season's hot toys, has left more than a few parents a
little hot under the collar.
A story we ran last week provoked a response from one Bedford viewer... and
that's the subject of tonight's Feedback.
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OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7
((A viewer from Bedford says she was "appalled" by our story on individuals
who are re- selling the season's most popular toys at a premium.
She writes, "There are some honest parents out there that are searching at
great lengths to find these items for their children. Most parents would do
anything to make their child's Christmas as wonderful as can be, but not
everyone can afford to spend a lot of money to do so. If your child only asks
for one certain toy and you are not able to spend a lot of money, you would
want at least to be able to get that one thing for them.
Whatever happened to the spirit of Christmas and giving?"
If you would like to comment on a News 7 story, please write us at P.O. Box
7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Fax us at 343-7269.
Our email address is email@example.com.
And you'll find a moderated online forum on our web page, www.wdbj7.com.
Joe Dashiell News 7.))
Some students from Japan will get to experience Christmas, American style.
They arrived here in Roanoke today as part of a cultural exchange program.
Their three week stay includes a trip to Disney World and of course lot's of
We'll have that story for you when the newscast continues.
Whether you're coming home for the holidays or traveling to work sometime
next week, you'll want to know about road construction that may slow you down.
Here's Stacey Martin with this week's Road Report.
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OUT Q=happy holidays.
((VDOT crews plan to shut down the railroad crossing along Hollins Road in
Roanoke beginning Tuesday.
It'll be closed from 9 a-m to 5 p-m but there's no word from the agency on
how many days the shut down will last.
Repairs are scheduled for Memorial Bridge along Route 11 between Radford and
Starting today traffic will be squeezed down to one lane going over the
And, two roads are once again open to traffic..
In Russell County, most of the repairs to the Virginia Avenue bridge over
the Clinch River are complete and traffic is flowing once again.
And, in Wythe County work is finished on the bridge over Tate Run along
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin -- happy holidays.))
21-visitors from the orient have arrived in Roanoke just in time for the
Japanese students representing Kawaguchi College will stay with a number of
Roanoke-area residents over the next three weeks. It's part of a
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((LOIS GAGNON/PROGRAM COORDINATOR; THEY ARE HERE FOR RELATIONSHIPS, TO LEARN
ABOUT PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AND WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE LIKE AND US TO LEARN
ABOUT THEM AS WELL, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US. ))
SUPER=01-Lois Gagnon/Program Coordinator;
OUT Q=ALL OF US.
For all but one of the young women, Roanoke is their first visit to this
IN Q=ROANOKE, VIRGINIA
((RAY MCKEE/PROGRAM COORDINATOR; I HAVE FULL FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN THE PEOPLE
OF ROANOKE THAT THEIR FIRST IMPRESSION WILL NOT BE LASTING, BUT WILL BE PERHAPS
ONE OF THEIR BEST MEMORIES THEY WILL EVER HAVE. ))
SUPER=01-Ray McKee/Program Coordinator;
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While staying here, the students will perform for residents at Friendship
Manor, go shopping and visit the mayor's office.
The stay will finish-up with a trip to Disney World.
And, as a "thank you" the women plan to cook their last meal for their host
Program directors say there are already enough volunteers for next year's
homestay to accommodate twice as many visitors.
The Redskins look to sneak in the playoffs through the back door, we'll see
if they are getting the help they needed to do just that.
Plus, we'll check out the rest of the NFL action that is already over on this
final Sunday of the regular season.
And we'll experience a little deja vu with the Hokies as we reminisce about
their last Gator Bowl experience in 1994 against Peyton and Volunteers.
The Washington Redskins came into today's game with the Eagles knowing they
needed a win and some help from either the Vikings or Lions to get in the
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They immediately got some help from their defense. Darrell Green picks off
the Bobby Hoying pass on the diving catch. He gets up and goes 83 yards for
the TD. That coupled with Daryl Pounds' fumble return for a TD gave the Skins
a 14-to-nothing lead in the first quarter.
But Hoying, for former third round pick from Ohio State, was unfazed as he
hits Jason Dunn with a perfect pass to make it a 14-to-7 game after a quarter.
The Skins' offense would then come to life itself, Jeff Hostetler with the
shovel pass to Brian Mitchell, who drags tacklers down to the one setting up a
Stephen Davis TD.
The Eagles cut the Skins advantage to 21-to-14 on a Charlie Garner TD, but
Washington got this three yard blast from Larry Bowie to make it a 28-to-14
game at halftime.
Philadelphia and Garner got a field goal, this TD and a two point conversion
to make it 28-to-25 with under seven minutes to go.
But a 74 yard kick return from Brian Mitchell set up this TD pass from
Hostetler to Michael Westbrook.
Washington wins it 35 to 32 to clinch a winning season at 8-7 and-1.
Had the Colts beaten the Vikings this afternoon Washington would have already
clinched a postseason berth.
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But Minnesota veteran quarterback Randall Cunningham had something to say
about that, as he tossed four touchdown passes. Three of the scoring strikes
were caught by Cris Carter, as the Vikings beat the Colts 39-to-28 to snap a
five game losing string and get themselves in the playoffs.
The Skins must now hope the Lions either lose to the Jets or tie them.
Either one of those scenarios will get Washington in the playoffs.
Right now Detroit trails the Jets
10 to 6 in the third.
The Giants completed the NFC East's first ever unbeaten season today by
whipping the Cowboys 20-to-7.
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Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones was down on the field again today up in Barry
And why not. The Giants jumped out to a 20-to-nothing lead as Danny Kanell
tossed this TD to a wide open Cris Calloway, and Rodney Hampton came back and
scored one on a short run to complete New York's worst to first transformation.
Dallas finishes the season at 6-and-10, enough to make a grown man cry.
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When the Virginia Tech Hokies fly into Jacksonville the day after Christmas,
many of those in the Tech entourage are likely to flash backs to the team's
1994 Gator Bowl experience.
Steve Mason says that year Peyton Manning and Tennessee weren't the only
obstacles Tech faced.
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SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :29
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Va. Tech Receiver; :44
SUPER=01-Rick Catlett/Gator Bowl Committee Member; 1:02
SUPER=01-Gennaro DiNapoli/Va. Tech Guard; 1:31
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And finally tonight, the New York Knicks have lost Patrick Ewing for the rest
of this season.
Ewing dislocated his right wrist during last night game against the Bucks.
He had surgery this morning to set a dislocated bone and repair several torn
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