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7E-Henry-Fire


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The lives of two Henry County men were claimed yesterday by a morning house fire.
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Firefighters were called to a home on Fairystone Park Highway. Heavy smoke was coming from the building.
68- year- old James Privette, and 40- year- old Banks Tunstall were inside. Firefighters were unable to revive them.
The blaze apparently started in a sofa. Investigators say they believe careless smoking was the cause.
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7Franklin-Fire


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Another fire, this one, at a Franklin County home yesterday caused severe damage to the property, but spared the lives of all eleven family members.
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Mary Lou and Tony Brooks and their nine children were asleep when the smoke alarms went off around two A- M.
Everyone made it out safely, but most of their belongings were destroyed.
Neighbors have rallied around the family with offers of food, clothing, money and temporary shelter.
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IN Q=The outpouring of this neighborhood

((THE OUTPOURING OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IS JUST WONDERFUL. I WAS BORN HERE AND I'VE LIVED IN THIS HOUSE FOR 21 YEARS. AT SEVEN O'CLOCK THIS MORNING, NONE OF MY CHILDREN HAD ANY CLOTHES. NONE OF MY CHILDREN HAD ANY SHOES AND NOW MY MOTHER'S LIVING ROOM IS STACKED TO THE CEILING WITH CLOTHES AND SHOES.))
OUT Q=clothes and shoes.

((TONY BROOKS: WE'VE BEEN ON THE OTHER SIDE A FEW TIMES AND HELPED OTHERS, BUT WE'VE NEVER HAD IT POURED OUT ON US THIS WAY AND IT'S OVERWHELMING.))
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Volunteers from four fire departments and two rescue squads responded to the blaze.
A wood stove in the basement may have been responsible.
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The home was insured, and the Brooks say they hope to rebuild.

7Gilmore


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Jim Gilmore's cabinet selections aren't suiting some state Democrats.
They say Gilmore is trying to use cleverly-crafted back-room deals to engineer a Republican takeover of the General Assembly.
Gilmore has already given one Democratic legislator a job in his administration -- and rumor has it the Republican will offer a job to the Democrat in the predominantly Republican district of Loudoun County.
Virginia Democratic Party chairwoman Sue Wrenn says Gilmore is trying to use taxpayer's money to buy what he couldn't win at the polls -- a G-O-P controlled legislature.
One more Senate seat or two more House seats will give the G-O-P its first-ever majority in either body.

7S-Judges-Commission


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Citizens in Central Virginia may get to judge the judges this year.
A non-partisan citizens' commission made up of fifteen Lynchburg-area residents has been put together by lawmakers to review candidates for judges' seats before they are appointed.
The group will offer their input after interviewing and gathering background information on potential judicial candidates.
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Its first job will be to help find a replacement for Bedford circuit judge William Sweeney, who is retiring this year.
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((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG: THERE ARE PROBABLY FOUR OR FIVE GOOD QUALIFIED CANDIDATES, BUT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE OPEN UP THE PROCESS TO ALLOW CITIZENS INPUT BECAUSE OF THE POWER THAT THESE JUDGES WIELD FOR SUCH A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. ONCE A JUDGE GOES ON A BENCH, HE'S PRETTY MUCH THERE FOR LIFE, EVEN THOUGH HE DOES HAVE TO COME UP FOR REAPPOINTMENT PERIODICALLY.))
SUPER=01-Del. Preston Bryant/(R) Lynchburg; :00
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Lawmakers will get the commission's findings by January 20th.
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7weather


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Taking a break from the news--
Your Friday forecast is quite pleasant, with partly sunny skies and temperatures reaching the low 50s.
Partly cloudy skies tonight, with lows in the mid 30s.
The extended outlook is cloudy and wet for the latter half of the weekend.
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7BIRTHDAYS!1/4 & 1/5
Sunday, 1/4:

SUPER=130-11/Brandon St. Clair/Narrows;



SUPER=130-15/Robbie Cray/Pearisburg;



SUPER=130-/40/Debbie Holdren;



SUPER=130-/10/Aaron Broyles;


Saturday, 1/5:

SUPER=130-14/Tyree Eugene Hodge/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-/7/Amber McGuire;



SUPER=130-85/Sherman Smith/Copper Hill;



SUPER=130-18/Loren Ross/Pulaski;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-/46/Kathy Taylor Whately;
(pronounced wait lee)



SUPER=130-65/Doris Montgomery/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-/Amber Bowers/Snow Creek;



SUPER=130-/Charlie Mitchell/Sontag;



SUPER=130-32/Joe Brightwell/Wirtz;

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45Gilmore


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Some state Democrats are criticizing Jim Gilmore for the way he's choosing his cabinet.
They say Gilmore is trying to use cleverly-crafted back-room deals to engineer a Republican takeover of the General Assembly.
Gilmore has already given one Democratic legislator a job in his administration -- and rumor has it the Republican will offer a job to the Democrat in the predominantly Republican district of Loudoun County.
Virginia Democratic Party chairwoman Sue Wrenn says Gilmore is trying to use taxpayer's money to buy what he couldn't win at the polls -- a G-O-P controlled legislature.
One more Senate seat or two more House seats will give the G-O-P its first-ever majority in either body.

45NAACP


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The N-double-A- C- P honored ten local businesses yesterday for their promises to do more to hire and promote minority workers.
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The employers were recognized during Jubilee Day ceremonies at First Baptist Church.
But picketers outside the church say that, so far, those companies are all talk and no action.
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SOT 13:31:25
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((NANCY WILSON/SALEM NAACP PRESIDENT: I THINK WE'RE SENDING A MESSAGE THAT WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS AND WE HOPE THAT IN THE FUTURE THAT WHOEVER'S THE PRESIDENT, ESPECIALLY IF MR. JEFFREY'S STILL PRESIDENT, THAT THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-Nancy Wilson/Salem NAACP President; :00
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Roanoke N-double-A-C-P president Martin Jeffrey says the important thing is these businesses are willing to make a commitment.
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SOT 14:03:09
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((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: AND WHAT THESE EMPLOYERS, CORPORATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SAID IS THAT WE WANT TO LEAD, WE REALIZE THAT WE'RE NOT DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN DO AND WE'RE NOT MEETING THE GOALS THAT WE OURSELVES WANT TO MEET.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :00
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Protesters also objected to honoring the companies on Jubilee Day, which commemorates the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation in 18-63.
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45Judges-Commission


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Lawmakers in Central Virginia have asked for the public's help in appointing new local judges this year.
A 15- member citizens panel has been created to interview and gather background on potential candidates.
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2-shot at end of intvw.
Legislators say the idea is to try and take politics out of the appointment process.
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((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG: WE TRIED TO APPOINT PEOPLE FROM A WIDE RANGE OF BACKGROUNDS, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, ELECTED AND NON- ELECTED PEOPLE, LAWYERS AND NON- LAWYERS, TO GET AS WIDE A RANGE OF OPINIONS AND VIEWS AS POSSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-Del. Preston Bryant/(R) Lynchburg; :00
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file of Sweeney tape #97-44


The commission's first job wil be to find a replacement for retiring circuit court judge William Sweeney.
Their final report should be completed by January 20th.
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45S-Census


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The new Census figures are in, showing the Danville-Pittsylvania County region with the slowest growth rate in Virginia.
The numbers show the area grew just a half percent in the last six years.
The metropolitan area that grew the fastest was Charlottesville.
The Roanoke region showed a modest increase.
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The city's population actually declined by one percent.
But Botetourt County grew by more than 11 percent.
The number of people living in Bedford County grew by almost 16 percent.
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45weather


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Turning to weather--
Partly sunny and mild for your Friday.
It will be breezy, though.
Daytime highs reaching the lower 50s.
Partly cloudy tonight, with lows in the mid 30s.
The four day forecast is damp, but still fairly warm...
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8E-Henry-Fire


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Two men died in a New Year's Day house fire in Henry County.
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Firefighters were called to a home on Fairystone Park Highway.
Heavy smoke was coming from the building.
68- year- old James Privette, and 40- year- old Banks Tunstall were inside.
Firefighters were unable to revive them.
The blaze apparently started on a sofa.
Investigators say they believe careless smoking was the cause.
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8Franklin-Fire


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Eleven family members escaped from their burning home in Franklin County yesterday.
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SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;


Mary Lou and Tony Brooks and their nine children were asleep when the smoke alarms went off around two A- M.
Everyone made it out safely, but most of their belongings were destroyed.
Neighbors have rallied around the family with offers of food, clothing, money and temporary shelter.
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SOT 15:37:43
IN Q=The outpouring of this neighborhood

((THE OUTPOURING OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IS JUST WONDERFUL. I WAS BORN HERE AND I'VE LIVED IN THIS HOUSE FOR 21 YEARS. AT SEVEN O'CLOCK THIS MORNING, NONE OF MY CHILDREN HAD ANY CLOTHES. NONE OF MY CHILDREN HAD ANY SHOES AND NOW MY MOTHER'S LIVING ROOM IS STACKED TO THE CEILING WITH CLOTHES AND SHOES.))
OUT Q=clothes and shoes.

((TONY BROOKS: WE'VE BEEN ON THE OTHER SIDE A FEW TIMES AND HELPED OTHERS, BUT WE'VE NEVER HAD IT POURED OUT ON US THIS WAY AND IT'S OVERWHELMING.))
SUPER=07-Mary Lou Brooks; :00
SUPER=07-Tony Brooks; :21
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OUT Q=it's overwhelming.
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Volunteers from four fire departments and two rescue squads responded to the blaze.
A wood stove in the basement may have been responsible.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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The home was insured, and the Brooks say they hope to rebuild.

8Gilmore


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Some Virginia Democrats are accusing Governor- Elect Jim Gilmore of trying to stage a Republican takeover of the General Assembly.
They say Gilmore is trying to use cleverly-crafted back-room deals while putting together his cabinet.
Gilmore has already given one Democratic legislator a job in his administration -- and rumor has it the Republican will offer a job to the Democrat in the predominantly Republican district of Loudoun County.
Virginia Democratic Party chairwoman Sue Wrenn says Gilmore is trying to use taxpayer's money to buy what he couldn't win at the polls -- a G-O-P controlled legislature.
One more Senate seat or two more House seats will give the G-O-P its first-ever majority in either body.

8NAACP


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A pat on the back, as well as criticism over the promise of ten local businesses to hire and promote more minorities.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke


The employers were recognized during Jubilee Day ceremonies at First Baptist Church.
But picketers outside the church say that, so far, those companies are all talk and no action.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 13:31:25
IN Q=I think we're

((NANCY WILSON/SALEM NAACP PRESIDENT: I THINK WE'RE SENDING A MESSAGE THAT WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS AND WE HOPE THAT IN THE FUTURE THAT WHOEVER'S THE PRESIDENT, ESPECIALLY IF MR. JEFFREY'S STILL PRESIDENT, THAT THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-Nancy Wilson/Salem NAACP President; :00
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OUT Q=will not happen.
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Roanoke N-double-A-C-P president Martin Jeffrey says the important thing is these businesses are willing to make a commitment.
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SOT 14:03:09
IN Q=And what these

((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: AND WHAT THESE EMPLOYERS, CORPORATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SAID IS THAT WE WANT TO LEAD, WE REALIZE THAT WE'RE NOT DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN DO AND WE'RE NOT MEETING THE GOALS THAT WE OURSELVES WANT TO MEET.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :00
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=want to meet.
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Protesters also objected to honoring the companies on Jubilee Day, which commemorates the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation in 18-63.
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8weather


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Let's check out today's forecast now--
Lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures.
Highs around 50, with southwesterly winds.
Partly cloudy overnight, with lows falling into the mid 30s.
The extended forecast says the sky will cloud up tomorrow, with rain developing by Sunday.
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