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7E-AEP-Merger


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American Electric Power has announced it has plans to merge with a Dallas-based company.
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Currently, A-E-P is the third biggest utility in the country.
It supplies power to nine states.
After the merger with Central and South West, a company based in Dallas, A-E-P will pick up four more states.
The combined company plans to cut 13-hundred jobs.
But A-E-P says those cuts will come at the corporate level.
And it says electricity rates in Southwest Virginia will stay among the country's lowest.
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((TOM AYERS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: EVERY UTILITY IN THE COUNTRY, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY'RE DOING, IS TRYING TO DRIVE DOWN THEIR COST. SO I GUARANTEE YOU NO UTILITY IS LOOKING TO INCREASE ITS COST.))
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The merger needs to be approved by shareholders and federal regulators.
That could take up to a year-and a half.
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7E-Internet-Arrest


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An alleged drug deal on the Internet has led to the arrest of a Vinton man.
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Fifty-two- year- old Kirby Lee Adams was arrested late Saturday at his Bedford County home.
A Bedford deputy posing as a woman had been exchanging e-mail with Adams, who reportedly offered to sell marijuana and prescription drugs.
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((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HE'S NOT A BIG-TIME DRUG DEALER. HE'S MORE OF A, I THINK TO MEET GIRLS AND PUSH HIS DOPE. HE WOULDN'T DO ANY LARGE QUANTITIES OF DOPE, IT'S ALL SMALL QUANTITIES BUT NEVERTHELESS HE IS TRYING TO SELL IT AND DISTRIBUTE IT. AND BASICALLY IT WAS PRETTY MUCH OPEN TO ANYBODY, IT COULD HAVE BEEN A KID.))
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Marijuana, scales and a small amount of a so-called "date rape" drug were confiscated from Adams' home.
Bedford authorities say they hope to step up their on-line efforts to keep drug dealers off the net.
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7E-Earley


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Attorney General-elect Mark Earley has named his top advisors.
Two already hold top posts in the Attorney General's office.
Deputy Attorney General Bill Hurd becomes Senior Counsel.
Hurd's been the state's lawyer in the co-ed case at Virginia Military Institute.
Frank Ferguson continues as Deputy A-G in charge of local and intergovernmental affairs.

7E-Hoover-Color


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Union members at Pulaski's Hoover Color are still on strike this morning, even as the company searches for replacement workers.
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Nearly 30-hourly workers at the Pulaski County plant are on strike.
They're NOT satisfied with the company's latest contract offer.
Union members say it doesn't include a retirement plan and would increase their insurance costs.
They're also at odds over Hoover Color's proposed absentee policy.
Union members have been manning the picket line 24-hours a day since last week.
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((EUGENE GRAVELY/UNION MEMBER:OUR MORALE HAS NOT DROPPED ONE BIT I MEAN THE COMMUNITY, HIWASSEE HAS GOT A COMMUNITY THAT IS BEHIND US 100- PERCENT, I MEAN THEY KEEP US GOING, I DON'T SEE, ANYTIME, THAT OUR MORALE IS GOING TO DROP.))
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Company officials declined comment but verified they are searching for replacement workers.
The plant makes the color used in Crayola Crayons and other products.
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7weather


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Turning now to your Tuesday forecast--
Patchy drizzle this morning, then turning partly sunny later on.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Thickening clouds overnight, with lows in the lower 30s.
Occasional rain likely tomorrow--
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7BIRTHDAYS! 12/24-25/97
Wednesday:

SUPER=130-5/Kelsey Felts/Galax;



SUPER=130-/Virgie Nichols/Lynch Station;


Thursday - Christmas Day:

SUPER=130-/Ray Austin/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-10/Ashley Abell/Fieldale;



SUPER=130-17/Tanya Thompson/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-9/Will Trimble/Warm Springs;



SUPER=130-1/Brittany Taylor/Ridgeway;



SUPER=130-5/Mason John/Daleville;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-38/Kevin Watts/Appomattox;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-/Joe & Delsie Oakes/Martinsville;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-/Creed & Claudia Law/Snow Creek;



SUPER=130-/Cindy Jones/Greensboro;



SUPER=130-/Carla Smith/Snow Creek;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-7th/Archie & Alice Harmon/Hillsville;



SUPER=130-/Hattie Harris/Riner;



SUPER=130-9/Signe' Jones/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-10/Victoria Harvey/Brooklyn;



SUPER=130-/Melanie Brown/Roanoke;



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55E-Robertson


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Negative publicity surrounded Virginia Beach televangelist Pat Robertson in April following a 50-thousand dollar contribution to Jim Gilmore's campaign.
But that check was just the beginning of Robertson's involvement in electoral politics this year.
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Robertson's name also shows up in federal campaign filings that weren't even due until more than two weeks after the election.
Now we see 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 one 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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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.

55E-Ferrum-Santa


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With Christmas a few days away many youngster's thoughts are turning to Santa and the North Pole.
The jolly old elf who travels the world has set up a shop just outside of Rocky Mount.
David Johnson has more on how local children are enjoying the magic of the season.
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(( Ole Saint Nick is alive and well operating out of a house near Rocky Mount for the past four years.
After six each night, you'll find the man in the red suit on his porch listening to children's requests from children and working with the community.
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((LONNIE RIGNEY/SANTA CLAUS; SANTA GOES FROM HERE TO STUART, TO CHURCHES AND PLACES LIKE THAT AND COMMUNITY BUILDINGS. I GO AROUND TO A FEW HOSPITALS. I JUST DO IT TO BE DOING IT BECAUSE TO SEE THE REACTION WHEN SANTA COMES UP. ))
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Santa says he likes this region-- and especially those people who believe he knows when you've been bad or good..
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((WHITNEY YOPP/SANTA CUSTOMER; MY MAW MAW TOLD ME THAT HE CAN READ PEOPLE'S MINDS. ))
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DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; SO IF YOU HAVEN'T COMPLETED YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH LIST, YOU'D BETTER HURRY ON OVER TO SANTA'S HOUSE, BECAUSE CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.
((Bell ringing...Santa saying "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas))
DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, FERRUM
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55E-Allen-Deregulation


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Big government was something George Allen campaigned to get rid of in Virginia, but this year the governor doled out the largest budget in state history.
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So it was more in keeping with his image yesterday to announce that 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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((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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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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55weather


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Taking a break from the news now to look at today's weather--
Patchy drizzle this morning, then turning partly sunny later on.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Thickening clouds overnight, with lows in the lower 30s.
Occasional rain likely tomorrow--
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8E-AEP-Merger


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Soon Virginia will have something in common with the Lone Star State--
American Electric Power is merging with another utility, based in Dallas, Texas.
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Currently, A-E-P is the third biggest utility in the country.
It supplies power to nine states.
After the merger with Central and South West, a company based in Dallas, A-E-P will pick up four more states.
The combined company plans to cut 13-hundred jobs.
But A-E-P says those cuts will come at the corporate level.
And it says electricity rates in Southwest Virginia will stay among the country's lowest.
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((TOM AYERS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: EVERY UTILITY IN THE COUNTRY, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY'RE DOING, IS TRYING TO DRIVE DOWN THEIR COST. SO I GUARANTEE YOU NO UTILITY IS LOOKING TO INCREASE ITS COST.))
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The merger needs to be approved by shareholders and federal regulators.
That could take up to a year-and a half.
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8E-Hoover-Color


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It's a round-the-clock walkout for workers at Pulaski's Hoover Color, as union officials attempt to work out a more desirable contract.
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Nearly 30-hourly workers at the Pulaski County plant are on strike.
They're NOT satisfied with the company's latest contract offer.
Union members say it doesn't include a retirement plan and would increase their insurance costs.
They're also at odds over Hoover Color's proposed absentee policy.
Union members have been manning the picket line 24-hours a day since last week.
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((EUGENE GRAVELY/UNION MEMBER:OUR MORALE HAS NOT DROPPED ONE BIT I MEAN THE COMMUNITY, HIWASSEE HAS GOT A COMMUNITY THAT IS BEHIND US 100- PERCENT, I MEAN THEY KEEP US GOING, I DON'T SEE, ANYTIME, THAT OUR MORALE IS GOING TO DROP.))
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Company officials declined comment but verified they are searching for replacement workers.
The plant makes the color used in Crayola Crayons and other products.
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8E-Greenfield


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Botetourt county officials are hoping historic recognition will save a 19th century landmark.
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Greenfield Plantation stretches 900 acres -- including a log cabin and the foundation of an 1800's home.
Botetourt wants to preserve part of this landmark by getting it on the national register of historic places.
But county leaders are proposing only 28 acres for the recognition -- the rest will be an industrial park.
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((NED MCELWAINE/DEPUTY COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: THE GREENFIELD PLANTATION WAS ACTUALLY A WORKING PLANTATION IN SOUTHERN BOTETOURT COUNTY, ONE OF THE FIRST IN THIS AREA. IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CENTERS OF TRADE AND COMMERCE BACK YEARS AGO AND SO IT'S QUITE FITTING THAT BOTETOURT COUNTY HAS PURCHASED THIS LOCATION AND IS KIND OF REVIVING THAT ROLE.))
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Creeks and walking trails will wind through the new buildings -- preserving the rural nature of the plantation.
Botetourt County won't know until March if Greenfield earns national recognition.
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8Santa's-Real


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Santa and his elves may actually be CLOSER than you think--
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The man in the red suit has been taking children's request and making house calls in the Ferrum community for the past four years.
He operates out of a house found on 40 West, just outside of Rocky Mount.
You can find Saint Nick on his porch after six just about every evening during the holidays, giving the same message to all the good girls and boys.
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((LONNIE RIGNEY/SANTA CLAUS; WHEN SANTA TALKS TO A KID, HE DON'T SAY I WILL BRING IT, HE SAYS WHATEVER SANTA BRINGS, I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT.))
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So, if a visit to the jolly ole Elf is what you need to complete your Christmas chores, a trip down to Ferrum may be what you're missing.
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8weather


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Time now to find out what today's forecast holds..
Patchy drizzle this morning, then turning partly sunny later on.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Thickening clouds overnight, with lows in the lower 30s.
Occasional rain likely tomorrow--
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