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On NEWS 7 at SIX:

A rancorous start to the legislative session- -one seat that'll be empty on inauguration day.
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And it may be just a sport to most skydivers- -but this time the chutes saved lives.
We'll visit the Roanoke outfit that made for a safe landing in New Mexico.
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Sports-head
ANCHOR=Steve


In sports, Roy Stanley is front and center at the Tech/UVa basketball game; he will join us courtside, The Colts hire a new head coach,
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and the Packers and the Broncos receive warm welcomers upon their returns from NFC and AFC championship wins.
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TALENT=Robin
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Our Monday rain will slip away tonight. Looks chilly on Tuesday and more winter precipitation may arrive on Thursday.

Elections-Lawsuit


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-87
GRAPHIC=None


Blame the bureaucrats.
Even if you appointed them.
That's the latest strategy of Governor George Allen and his Republican lawyers trying to defeat the Democrats in their last bastion of power in Virginia government.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave


Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What battles were fought today and why?
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Today, the make-up of the House of Delegates is 50 Democrats, 46 Republicans, and one Independent.
Tomorrow evening, after special elections in Chesapeake, Prince William, and Chesterfield -- it could be 49 Republicans -- making them best friends with Bedford Independent Lacey Putney to try to force a power-sharing agreement.
The problem for the G-O-P is that Allen's own appointee to the Board of Elections won't play ball with the party.
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(( Electoral Board Secretary Bruce Meadows won't allow his board to meet to certify the special election votes before Friday -- two days after the House votes on the re-election of powerful Democratic Speaker Tom Moss.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK NORMAL PEOPLE THINK "AS SOON AS POSSIBLE" MEANS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THAT MEANS RIGHT QUICK, OR EXPEDITIOUSLY, OR TODAY AS OPPOSED TO THREE DAYS LATER.))
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So Allen and Attorney General Richard Cullne took it court -- and lost.
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Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave
SUPER=05-Richmond;


The Board's point is that local elections officials get tired at the end of 14 hour days... tired people make mistakes... and mistakes compromise democracy.
To give you an idea of the personal animosity here, the Governor's Chief of Staff, Jay Timmons, said off camera "I've always known Bruce was lazy. But now that the Governor's sued him, I can say publicly that he's terribly lazy."
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave


Keith, this lawsuit is NOT alone.
The Virginia Democratic Party is arguing a similar issue in federal court at this very hour. ((Keith question--So the Governor will appeal in the state case?
Ellen response--He says he will -- that's expected to be heard tomorrow by a three judge panel of the Virginia Supreme Court.))

Cranwell


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-94
GRAPHIC=Dick Cranwell


Getting the session off on an even colder note, House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell of Vinton was to introduce Jim Gilmore at Saturday's inauguration ceremony.
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Perhaps remembering the bitter cold of four years ago, Cranwell is bowing out.
He tells The Washington Post he didn't want "to go out and get fitted for a morning suit and sit out in the cold. Nothing less, nothing more."
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Innotech


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-95
GRAPHIC=Innotech


Since it opened less than 10-years ago, the Roanoke-based company, Innotech, has been happy to talk about its growth.
Today, there's news that the maker of high-tech eyeglass lenses is firing a number of workers.
And the company that owns Innotech does not want to talk about it.
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Johnson and Johnson, which bought Innotech last year, will not say how many workers are losing their jobs.
The Fortune-500 company WILL say Innotech is cutting its staff in four departments:
Sales, marketing, operations and manufacturing.
Johnson and Johnson says it is making room on Innotech's payroll to hire new workers down the road.
Innotech employs close to 200-people.
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Abed


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Seven members of the Abed family went on trial today.
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It was a slow start to what promises to be a long and tedious trial in U-S District Court in Roanoke.
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It's mainly about arson.
The government hopes to prove that the Abeds set at least half a dozen fires in the early 1990's... part of a pattern of intimidation and lawlessness designed to take control of the convenience store trade in the Roanoke Valley.
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=Legal Scales


Jury selection is taking a little longer than usual- -with attorneys for the nine men of Middle-Eastern descent trying to determine whether any of the potential jurors might be prejudiced against Arab followers of Islam.
They called 75 citizens from far-flung corners of Western Virginia- -who might be less likely to have heard about case.
They hope to have a jury seated tomorrow.
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ANCHOR=Keith
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This is George Allen's last week in office, but his image will remain in Richmond. We'll get a look at the governor's official portrait, coming up on News 7 at Six.
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And when a hot air balloon goes up, the trip down can be dangerous. Good thing a couple of balloonists could count on parachutes made right here in Roanoke. We'll have more on that story as well.
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Sakellaris


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=chu
TAPE#97-90
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A jury began hearing evidence today in a million-dollar lawsuit against three Danville police officers.
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Sam Sakellaris Junior says he was beaten by three officers during a routine traffic stop.
This is what Sakellaris looked like after the alleged attack in February 1994.
The officers say they did nothing wrong... and say it was Sakellaris who started throwing punches.
The civil trial got underway today in federal court in Danville and is expected to last through the week.
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Halifax-Student


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-93
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A Halifax County high school student who says she was raped on campus by two boys last June has now been charged with sexual misconduct.
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The 14-year-old girl maintained two 16-year-old students raped her while two others kept watch.
She says a teacher finally walked in and stopped the incident.
Judge Franklin Slaydon rejected the girl's sexual assault claims.
Prosecutor John Greenbacker says evidence indicates the sex between the trio was consentual.
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Talent=Keith
SS=Legal Scales


The girl has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sodomy and one fornication charge.
Each of the boys were charged with one count of sodomy and one was charged with fornication.
They both pleaded "no contest" to all of the charges.

City-Firefighters


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-82
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal


Two years after the Roanoke fire department and emergency medical services merged, firefighters are pursuing new grievances against the city.
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A group of firefighters failed in court last year when the employees challenged the policy that requires them to serve on ambulance crews as needed.
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Fifteen- year veteran Ron Mathews says the standards he agreed to when he was hired did not include emergency medical service.
Chief Jim Grigsby says the new grievance is identical to the one the court rejected last year, and he says the cross- training policy has been implemented fairly.
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=Legal Scales


Today, Judge Richard Pattisal denied a motion to remove local judges from the case.
He'll hear more evidence later this month.

NS-Van-Line


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-83
GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern


Norfolk Southern is chucking one of its subsidiaries.
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The railroad announced today it is selling North American Van Lines.
It's a deal worth 200-million dollars.
Over the years, North American has struggled to turn a profit.
And Norfolk Southern could not afford to keep the moving company.
The railroad has reported low earnings because it is spending so much money in the process of acquiring Conrail, a railroad based in Philadelphia.
Norfolk Southern said it wants to focus solely on that merger, which will be finalized this summer.
N-S said it has no plans to sell its one remaining subsidiary, a natural resources company.
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Stocks


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


Another rocky day on the overseas markets sent the Dow plunging early in the day on Wall Street. TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE
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It recovered enough to post a 67 point gain and close the session at 76 hundred 47.
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Parachutes


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-85
GRAPHIC=None


They didn't make it around the world, but balloonists Dick Rutan and Dave Melton survived their ill-fated trip last week... and they have a Roanoke man to thank for it.
Eric Earnhart explains.
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(( Their balloon torn and leaking... Dick Rutan and Dave Melton had no choice... they bailed out...
The bright orange chutes were a pretty site to Manley Butler...
He designed them... they were made here at Butler Parachute Systems in Roanoke...
Butler met Rutan 11 years ago when he designed the emergency chutes for the round-the-world Voyager flight.
For this flight, Rutan turned to Butler again, but he needed more than just a parachute.

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((MANLEY BUTLER/BUTLER PARACHUTE SYSTEMS; IN THIS KIND OF FLIGHT YOU'RE GOING TO BE SUBJECTED TO ANYWHERE FROM SUBTROPICAL CONDITIONS OVER NORTHERN AFRICA TO POTENTIALLY ARCTIC CONDITIONS OVER SIBERIA.))
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So Butler designed a parachute survival pack, complete with life raft, oxygen tank, radios, blankets and emergency rations...
Rutan was prepared for everything but the cactus he landed on... Painful, but thanks to the chutes, he and Melton weren't on the gondola when it hit power lines and exploded in Texas.
Sunday morning, Rutan left a thankyou message on Butler's answering machine.

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((DICK RUTAN/BALLOONIST; ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND DAVE MELTON, GOOD JOB GUY, YOU OUGHT TO BE PROUD OF YOURSELF AND YOU SAVED OUR BUTTS. ))
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From his hospital bed in New Mexico, Melton says his skydiving experience taught him to trust his parachute...

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((DAVE MELTON/BALLOONIST; BEFORE THAT I DIDN'T HAVE A LOT OF FAITH IN PARACHUTING, BUT EVER SINCE I WENT SKYDIVING I HAD AN AWFUL LOT OF FAITH IN PARACHUTES AND SKYDIVING. ))
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Buttler's glad his part of this round-the-world trip worked the way it was supposed to.

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Rutan will try again... no doubt with one of Manley Butler's packs on his back.
In Roanoke Eric Earnhart, News 7. ))

Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=NONE


The Colts hire a new coach, Raven running back Bam Morris goes to jail and Roy Stanley has a front row seat at the hottest game in town, Roy.
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S-Hoops


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#BB98-2
GRAPHIC=Tech/UVA


Over at the Roanoke Civic Center tonight Virginia Tech and Virginia are headed for a showdown that dates back to 1915.
Double Boxes=Steve and Roy/Microwave


The in state rivalry makes it a huge game. This is also Roanoke native Curtis Staples final game in front of the home crowd. Roy Stanley is front and center. Roy!
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Steve, Curtis was bothered with a foot injury last week in a loss to Liberty he looked better against North Carolina on Saturday and he hopes to have a good game against the Hokies.
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Both teams are playing 500 and it would be difficult to pick a favorite in the game because of the rivalry.
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S-Mora


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=FB97-5
GRAPHIC=Colts


Colts president Bill Polian; who recently turned the Carolina Panthers into a success; hopes Indianapolis's turn around began today with the hiring of Jim Mora as the team's new head coach.
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This is Mora second NFL head coaching job. From 1986 to 1996; he marched the sidelines in New Orleans. Mora lead the Saints to 4 post season appearances. He succeeds Lindy Infante; who was fired after the Colts dismal 3 and 13 season.
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S-Bam


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=FB97-4
GRAPHIC=Ravens


Baltimore Ravens running back Bam Morris began a four month jail sentence today.
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Morris will serve the 120 days for violating terms of his probation from a marijuana possession conviction two years ago. He confessed to the violations from a Rockwall, Texas courtroom today. He will serve 4 months of a 10 year sentence.
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S-Packers


ANCHOR=steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=FB97-3
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Super Bowl 32 in San Diego is about two weeks away.
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Defending champion Green Bay returned to title town to find a rather warm reception from the frozen tundra.
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Crazed fans had to wait for their team while two cases of super bowl tickets were unloaded. They were taken away by police escorts for safe keeping.
defensive end Reggie White proudly carried the NFC championship trophy off the plane and into the airport.
He was followed by quarterback Brett Favre and head coach Mike Holgrem; who brought up the rear.
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S-Broncos


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7-19
GRAPHIC=None
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VO-NAT WIPE TO #ENG!!!!!!!
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AFC champion Denver also received a rather rousing homecoming welcome after downing Pittsburgh 24-21 Sunday.
Future Hall of fame quarterback John Elway; who is probably facing his last chance at a super bowl title; offered a few inspirational words.
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Allen-Portrait


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-86
GRAPHIC=George Allen


A formal look to communicate strong principles, done with warm colors to show warmth.
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That was the thinking of the artist who painted Governor George Allen's official portrait.
The work was unveiled today at the State Capitol.
Governor Allen got up to talk about the painting before the REAL reactions came.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: EACH AND EVERY ASPECT OF THAT PAINTING-- YOU HAVE KIDS CRYING... FRIGHTEN THE BABY. ACTUALLY IT WAS YELPING IN JOY AND HAPPINESS.))
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Allen's portrait takes its place among the other governors just outside the office he'll vacate this weekend.
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Weekend-Promo


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=sly
TAPE#=none
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There's a new addition to your Saturday and Sunday morning T-V lineups.
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Take Fullscreen Board 9404 Weekend News
Join Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden for News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday Morning.
That's at eight o'clock both days.
All the news, weather and sports to start off your weekend.
So join us for News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday morning.
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ANCHOR=Keith
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NEWSCAST=6
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It already has its shopping list, now Bedford County needs to determine how much money it can afford to spend.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom


Jean Jadhon is here to tell us more.
Live=Jean Full/Newsroom
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Keith, about 60 million dollars worth of capital improvement projects will be on the table at tonight's supervisor meeting.
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About half that is tied up in requests for three new elementary schools.
The planning commission will let the board know which projects IT recommends.
And supervisors will also get the county's revenue projections for the next fiscal year..
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Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom


We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith? (Ad Lib byes) Talent=Keith