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1-News-Head

ANCHOR=Jean

Three people feared lost in a Bath County Cave are found safe.
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VO-NAT


And strikers at a Pulaski County company may loose their job as Hoover Color starts looking for replacement workers.
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Sports-head


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=none


In sports, the Tarheels talk about playing Virginia tech in the Gator Bowl, the NFL's worst team gives itt's coach his walking papers,
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VO-NAT


and a news conference today sheds new light on the injury sustained by Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown yesterday.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Patrick
SS=None


Clouds tonight, warmer weather tomorrow. You can expect some dramatic changes in the forecast, I'll detail them for you.

AEP-Merger


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-80
GRAPHIC=AEP


The company that supplies power to most of Southwest Virginia is getting a lot bigger.
American Electric Power announced plans this morning to merge with a utility based in Texas.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/SCOTT


Scott Goldberg is live outside the A-E-P service center in Roanoke County.
Scott, will consumers notice any changes in the way their power is supplied -- or the price they pay for electricity?
SUPER=@Scott1;
SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.;
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(... fueled the merger.)
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SUPER=01-Tom Ayers/American Electric Power; :00
SUPER=@file; :09
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SOT 13:50:05
IN Q=OVERALL

((TOM AYERS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: OVERALL ACROSS THE BOARD I THINK PRICES TEND TO DROP BECAUSE LOW-COST PRODUCERS ARE REWARDED IN A COMPETITIVE MARKET.))
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=MARKET


A-E-P currently is the third-biggest utility in the country.
It supplies power to nearly three- million customers in parts of seven states.
If the merger with Central and South West goes through, A-E-P picks up customers in four states AND some overseas business.
The merger also means jobs: 13-hundred cut from the combined company's work force.
But A-E-P says those jobs are corporate -- local crews and meter readers are
not at risk. (/////SOT/////)
SOT 13:43:50
IN Q=when you

((WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO OUR LOCAL OPERATING LEVEL YOU NEED PEOPLE TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES AND TO READ METERS. AND THOSE AREN'T THE TYPES OF POSITIONS YOU CAN ELIMINATE THROUGH A COMBINATION OF COMPANIES. ))
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LIVE=SCOTT FULL
SUPER=05-Roanoke County
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double boxes scott/jean




(QUESTION: And how long will it take for the merger to go through?)








Bath-Cavers


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=none


Bath County authorities say they've FOUND the three people who were feared lost in a cave.
The trio was supposed to check in last night after exploring the Crossroads Cave, but did not turn up.
Officials started searching for them late this afternoon, and they found them safe about twenty minutes ago.
No word on why they were overdue.

Hoover-Color


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-78
GRAPHIC=strike


Hoover Color in Pulaski County is searching for replacement workers now that nearly all of the plant's hourly workers are on strike.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Hiwassee;


Employees have been walking the picket line outside the (High-wah-see) Hiwassee plant since last week.
They're represented by the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Worker's International Union.
Members say the contract offered does NOT include a retirement plan and would increase their insurance costs.
They're also upset with the company's proposed absentee policy.
Now that it's holiday time most admit money is tight but say morale is good.

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SOT
IN Q=I got

((CHARLIE JARRELLS/UNION MEMBER:I GOT ALL MY CHRISTMAS BOUGHT UP, PLENTY OF GROCERIES IN THE HOUSE, WIFE AND KIDS IS HAPPY, THEY'VE BEEN HERE WITH ME OFF AND ON JUST ABOUT EVERY NIGHT, ALL THE KIDS COME OVER AND SING CHRISTMAS SONG TO EVERYBODY. ))
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OUT Q=to everybody.
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VO-NAT


The plant makes the color used in Crayola Crayons and other products.
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Internet-Arrest


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-81
GRAPHIC=The Internet


Bedford County authorities say it's a sign of the times..
They're now surfing surf the web to take would-be drug dealers "off line".
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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IN Q=In this high-tech
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :09
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :16
SUPER=@ssm2; 1:25
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OUT Q=News7, Bedford.


(( In this high- tech age, it may not be long before the wail of a police siren is replaced by this sound..
natsot computer
RUNS=:02


This weekend, Bedford County authorities started cracking down on persons who sell drugs over the Internet.
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SOT 12:55:57
IN Q=They're taking a

((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THEY'RE TAKING A LARGE RISK BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT REALLY MEETING THE PERSON FACE TO FACE UNTIL IT'S REALLY TOO LATE.))
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OUT Q=really too late.


It certainly was too late for 52- year- old Kirby Lee Adams late Saturday night.
Several weeks ago, a Bedford County deputy posing as a woman met Adams in an America Online chatroom, and after exchanging e-mail, reportedly arranged to buy some marijuana from him.
In this message, the deputy told Adams she and her friend "Dawn" wanted to buy some pot to -quote- "carry home with us.. I have not gotten really wasted in a long time".
The deputy went on to write: ".. don't smoke it all before we get there.. we'll be there around midnight, ready to party".
But instead of a party, it was a police SWAT team that burst in on Adams instead.
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SOT 12:56:17

((HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS ABOUT.. ))
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Police seized marijuana, scales and the so- called "date rape" drug amitripraline from Adams' home.
Robey calls Adams a small- time dealer who was mostly on- line to meet women.
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SOT 12:53:21
IN Q=And basically

((LT. KENT ROBEY: AND BASICALLY IT WAS PRETTY MUCH OPEN TO ANYBODY. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A KID FOR ALL HE KNEW, WAS POSING AS THIS PERSON TALKING TO HIM.))
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OUT Q=talking to him.


Robey says the department will step up its efforts to monitor the Internet and keep drug dealers off the web.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))

Robertson


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-85
GRAPHIC=Pat Robertson


Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson wrote one check to Republican Jim Gilmore's campaign for governor -- and was lambasted by Democrats for months afterward.
That check for 50-thousand dollars was in April.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/Nov. 4;


But Robertson's name also shows up in federal campaign filings that weren't even due until more than two weeks after the election.
As it turns out, Robertson gave another 200-thousand dollars to the Republican National Committee one week before Gilmore was elected.
The Republican National Committee's various wings donated about a million dollars to Gilmore in the final days of the campaign, bringing its total contribution to Gilmore to over two million.
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TALENT=Jean
SS= Republicans


It's called "soft money" in campaign lingo.
It's legal if Robertson did NOT designate which candidates should get the R-N-C's money.
The R-N-C says he did NOT.

Allen-Deregulation


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-79
GRAPHIC=George Allen


Despite the whopping 39-point-9 BILLION dollar budget he just unveiled, Governor George Allen's a small government kind of guy.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


So it was with great pride today that he announced he's changing or throwing out 71-percent of the state's regulations.
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((WE ARE TERMINATING 30- PERCENT OF VIRGINIA'S REGULATIONS. THAT WE ARE RETAINING 29- PERCENT. AND THAT WE ARE AMENDING 41- PERCENT.))
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IN Q=There are

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THERE ARE PROCEDURES. IT'S NOT JUST THAT I SAY "ALRIGHT. ELIMINATE IT. CHANGE IT. IT FIRST GOES THROUGH SEVERAL REVIEWS. HOW IT'S TO BE CHANGED. HOW IT'S TO BE IMPROVED OR ELIMINATED. BUT THEN THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. I COMMENT ON IT. BUT SO DO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
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SUPER=@Allen; :08
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VO-NAT


Allen says the number one response his staff got when asking why a regulation existed was "because we've always done it that way."
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Tease#1
ANCHOR=Jean
SS=NONE


How to combine preservation and development. It's a difficult question for many communities.
Coming up on News-7 at Six, we'll find out how Botetourt County answered that question.
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VO-NAT

***NAT Sound under. Do Not use music.
And we'll find out how one Roanoke County man's Banjo is shaking up the world of Bluegrass.
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ANCHOR=Patrick

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Greenfield


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-83
GRAPHIC=Botetourt Center


Botetourt County wants special protection for a historic plantation -- even though it plans to surround the site with industry.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;


The sprawling, 900-acre Greenfield Plantation dates back to the 1800's.
All that's left of the original home is the foundation, crumbling next to a log cabin from early times.
The county government wants to put that corner of the plantation on a national list of historic sites.
As far as the park's other 800 acres go-- the county hopes high-paying, high-tech businesses will fill those up.
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SOT 11:32:52
IN Q=The Greenfield

((NED MCELWAINE/BOTETOURT CO. DEPUTY COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: I THINK IT'S AN ESSENTIAL ASPECT OF GREENFIELD FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, FROM THE VERY FIRST DAY THAT BOTETOURT PURCHASED THE PROPERTY TO MAKE SURE WE PRESERVED AS MUCH ABOUT GREENFIELD THAT MADE GREENFIELD WHAT IT IS AND AT THE SAME TIME PLAN FOR THE FUTURE AND FUTURE EMPLOYMENT.))
SUPER=01-Ned McElwain/Botetourt Co. Assistant Administrator;
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OUT Q=future employment
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VO-NAT


Botetourt will know whether Greenfield won the historic title next March.
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Winter-Blues


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=tfl
TAPE#97-82
GRAPHIC=Winter Blues (Strip Bug)


The days are shorter, the nights are longer-- and most people are less active during the winter.
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VO-NAT


Some psychologists say the combination of darkness and fatigue can lead to depression, otherwise known as the winter blues.
Seasonal Affective Depression or SAD, usually hits after the winter solstice and can be just as damaging as any other form of depression.
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SOT 10:11:57
IN Q=Seasonal Affective

((LYN DAY/PSYCHOLOGIST:SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DEPRESSION OR DISORDER CAN RESULT IN ABSOLUTE DISABILITY WHERE PEOPLE ARE LITERALLY PARALYSED THEY CAN'T GET UP THEY DON'T WANT TO GET UP THEY DON'T WANT TO EAT THEY DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING AND EVENTUALLY THEY BECOME SUICIDAL))
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OUT Q=become suicidal.
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VO-NAT


Doctor Day says SAD can be treated with special lamps that produce the same ultraviolet rays the sun does in the middle of summer.
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=sly
TAPE#=None
GRAPHIC=NONE


On Wall Street today the DOW
TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE
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gained 63 points, closing at 78-hundred-19.
NASDAQ closed up seven-and a half points.
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Stealth-Banjo


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-84
GRAPHIC=none


Banjo players are bound by tradition.
But some artists are taking the instrument down new paths.
Tonight Joe Dashiell visits with Scott Vestal, an accomplished bluegrass musician who's giving the banjo a different sound and an updated design.
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SUPER=07-Scott Vestal; :28
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OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke County


((Scott Vestal has played with the best in bluegrass, as a member of the group Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and with his current band Continental Divide.
He's claimed top honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association, but much of his music transcends the boundaries of bluegrass...
NAT SOT OF VESTAL PLAYING
RUNS=:10


The banjo Vestal plays is also unusual... a concept he carried to England and banjo builder Phil Davidson.
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SOT
IN Q=He loved the idea

((HE LOVED THE IDEA OF DOING A STRING THROUGH THE NECK LIKE THIS BECAUSE THAT'S AN OLD ENGLISH DESIGN WHICH THEY USED IN THE 1800S. AND THE PEGHEAD, I JUST DREW OUT ON A PIECE OF PAPER WHAT I WANTED HIM TO DO AND HE BUILT IT FOR ME. AND THEN IT SEEMED LIKE PEOPLE WERE LIKE, MAN THAT MAKES SENSE NOT HAVING THE PEG UP THERE.))
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OUT Q=peg up there


He's moved the fifth string tuner from the neck to the peghead. The fifth string goes undergound at the fifth fret, passing through a tube fitted beneath the fretboard.
A streamlined profile and a dark stain give the instrument its name, "the stealth banjo."
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SOT
IN Q=A lot of the traditional bluegrass

((A LOT OF THE TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS PEOPLE WILL BE, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR BANJO NECK BOY. WHAT'S A MATTER WITH THAT THING. AND I'M LIKE WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT. WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT, BECAUSE IT'S JUST NATURAL TO ME NOW.))
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OUT Q=natural to me now.


Vestal is now assembling the banjos himself, selling them with the help of Acutab, a music publisher based in western Virginia.
He didn't expect to sell that many, but says he's found a surprizing demand for a unique design.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))

Sports tease


ANCHOR=steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=none


An update for you on detroit lienbacker Reggie brown; who suffered a bruised spine yesterday, the Knicks talk aboyut life without patrick Ewing,
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and the Tarheels talk abou the the Hokies and their upcoming date in the Toyota Gaotr Bowl.
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S-Brown


ANCHOR=steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7-9
GRAPHIC=NFL


Detroit running back Barry sanders 2000 rushing yard milestone last night in Lions win over the Jets was tainted by the injury to linebacker Reggie Brown.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/ESPN; :00


Brown suffered a significant spinal injury on this play. The 23 year Lion linebacker was schedule for fusion surgery today.
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SOT
IN Q=There

((DR. DAVID COLLON/PHYSICIAN:))
SUPER=01-Dr. David Collon/Physician; :00
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VO-NAT(Con't)


The good news is; Brown does have movement and sensation in all of his extremities. All the Lion organization can do now is wait.
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S-Infante


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7=19
GRAPHIC=none
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VO-NAT ROLL TO #ENG!!!!!!!
SUPER=04-National Football League; :00


In other NFL news; the Indianapolis Colts fired head coach Lindy Infante today. The Colts finished the season 3 and 13; the worst record in the league. Infante; who went 12 and 20 in his two years as the Colts head coach, had one year remaining on his contract. Indianapolis lost their first 10 games of the season. One positive for the Colts: they have next year's first round draft pick.
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S-Monday


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7-18
GRAPHIC=Dolphins


The Miami Dolphins can win the AFC East title tonight and in the process gain home field advantage for the first game of the playoffs. Their opponent tonight; the New England patriots; can accomplish the exact same thing if they win tonight.
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IN Q="if

((DAN MARINO/MIAMI QUARTERBACK:)) ((KARIM ABDUL-JABBAR/MIAMI RUNNING BACK:))
SUPER=01-Dan Marino/Miami Quarterback; :00
SUPER=01-Karim Abdul-Jabbar/Miami Tailback; :12
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OUT Q=....than anything"
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S-Gator


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=VF97-2
GRAPHIC=Gator Bowl


While North Carolina might be favored in it's upcoming Gator Bowl meeting with Virginia Tech; bringing in a new coach in Chapel Hill before the post season in Carl Torbush could be disrupting. But the players seem to have rallied around their former defensive coordinator.
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IN Q="The high

((CHRIS KELDORF/UNC QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Chris Keldorf/UNC Quarterback; :00
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VO-NAT(Con't)
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC;


Torbush takes over a program that owns the nations number 2 defense and went 10 and 1 during the regular season. And getting slighted by the Alliance has hardly dampened the Tarheels spirits in preparing for the Hokies and the Gator Bowl.
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((CARL TORBUSH/UNC HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Carl Torbush/UNC Head Coach; :00
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


The tarheels say they won't take the Hokies lightly and despite losing their last two games; 7 and 4 Virginia tech has the Tarheels respect.
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IN Q="Just

((DRE' BLY/UNC ALL-AMERICAN CORNER:))
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S-Tech


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=Tech hoops


On the basketball; where the Hokies play host to West Virginia tonight at Castle Coliseum in Blacksburg. The Mountaineers come into the game with an impressive 9 and 1 record. Virginia Tech enters the contest with a 5 and 2 mark. Game time is 7pm and we will have the highlights at 11.

S-UVA


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=UVA


The Virginia Cavaliers entertain VMI tonight in Chalottesville. The cavs are 5 and 3 while the Keydets come in 4 and 3. The Game tips off at 7:30 and we will have those highlights as well.

S-Ewing


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7-17
GRAPHIC=NBA


The NBA lost one of it's veteran stars for the season. New York Knicks center patrick Ewing underwent surgery early Sunday morning to repair his severely injured right wrist.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI/Saturday Night; :00


Ewing went down with the injury in Milwaukee Saturday night against the Bucks. Several ligaments in his right wrist were torn and he also suffered a dislocated bone. The Knicks lose their top scorer and floor leader.
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((BUCK WILLIAMS/KNICKS FORWARD:)) ((JEFF VAN GUNDY/KNICKS COACH:))
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SUPER=01-Jeff Van Gundy/Knicks Coach; :14
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OUT Q=...unselfish basketball"
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Promo


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=djo
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=christmas


Still need to turn in your Christmas wish list?
Tonight at 11, we'll tell you who to talk to and where to find him.
Some people still believe in Santa Claus and they say he's alive and well in a house near Ferrum.
After working hard all day, apparently filling gift orders, the Head Elf sits on his porch at night, taking time to talk with children. 7 at 11. We'll have that story and all of the day's news, sports and weather on News