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Gilmore

ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-100
GRAPHIC=Gilmore


The car tax made its way to the front of Jim Gilmore's first state of the Commonwealth speech last night.
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IN Q=We have

((WE HAVE REVIEWED VITAL INFORMATION THAT WAS NOT AVAILABLE LAST YEAR TO ACCURATELY MEASURE THE IMPACT OF MY NO CAR TAX PROMISE. TO THE EXTENT NEW INFORMATION REVEALS THAT VIRGINIANS PAY EVEN MORE CAR TAXES THAN ORIGINALLY ESTIMATED, THE PUBLIC WILL GET EVEN MORE OF THEIR MONEY BACK. THAT IS GOOD NEWS!))
SUPER=07-Gov. Jim Gilmore;
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OUT Q=good news!
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Gilmore says if lawmakers don't give the people the tax cut -- they'll be held accountable.
But mostly, the tone was warm.
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IN Q=Whatever success

((WHATEVER SUCCESS I HAVE HAD IN POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT, IS IN LARGE MEASURE BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS HAD AN OPEN DOOR. MY DOOR IS OPEN TO YOU AND TO ALL VIRGINIANS.))
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OUT Q=all Virginians.
ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=HOLD


Friday, the Governor's expected to unveil more specifics on the car tax cut.

Hodges-house


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-87
GRAPHIC=NONE


They tore down the house in Vinton where the Hodges family lived.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Vinton


A crew from Joe Bandy and Son made short work of demolishing the house on East Virginia Avenue this morning.
Don Hodges says he'd been told the house could have been renovated and repaired, but the family didn't want to be reminded of the murders.
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SOT 9:52:35
IN Q=You know I'm down

((YOU KNOW I'M DOWN HERE ALL THE TIME. I TRAVEL THIS ROAD FOUR OR FIVE TIMES A DAY. PLUS I KNOW THE TOWN. ANYBODY WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT IT, WHAT HAD HAPPENED, JUST DIDN'T WANT TO SEE IT HERE ANY LONGER. ))
SUPER=01-Don Hodges/Murder Victim's Brother;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=here any longer.
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VO-NAT


Earl Bramblett- -a friend of the family who actually lived here off and on was convicted last November of killing Blaine and Teresa Hodges and their two children, then setting the house on fire.
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S-Akers


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-86
GRAPHIC=None


A move is in the future for the family of a convicted sex offender.
His wife says they plan to move away from a Covington school.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Covington


A few days ago, parents who live near Edgemont Primary School discovered that Randall Akers was living in a house right next to the playground.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/November 11, 1989


Akers was convicted for videotaping teenage girls in the bathroom of his Roanoke nightclub.
He also has a statutory rape conviction.
Police and school officials knew where he was living, but current law doesn't allow them to tell parents.
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SOT 13:10:43
IN Q=we got a big

((CHRIS ALDERSON/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; WE GOT A BIG LEGISLATIVE PROBLEM HERE AND WE'RE KIND OF HAMPERED BY THE LAW AS IT EXISTS NOW, AND THE LEGISLATURE HAS PROMISED TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT BEFORE JUL AND WE'RE COUNTING ON THEM TO DO IT. 13:24:34 DAVID KIDD/PARENT; WE'RE NOT VIGILANTES, WE'RE NOT HERE TO RUN THE MAN OUT WITH A STICK OR BURN HIS HOUSE DOWN, BUT WE ARE AS PARENTS GOING TO TURN UP THE HEAT ANYWAY POSSIBLE TO MAKE THE MAN AS UNCOMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE IN THE HOUSING THAT HE'S IN. ))
SUPER=01-Chris Alderson/Covington Commonwealth's Att'y;
SUPER=01-David Kidd/Parent; :12
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OUT Q=that he's in
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VO-NAT


Aker's wife says he's not a child molester, and not a threat, because he's legally blind, can't even see the playground next door.
But because of the controversy, they're looking for another place to live.
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MN-Tobacco


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire


A new trial is beginning today against the tobacco companies--
This lawsuit was brought by the state of Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue

Shield.
Their claims against the companies range from violating anti- trust laws, to trying to hook young smokers.
Pat Kessler reports.
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SUPER=10-Michael Ciresi/Anti-Tobacco Lawyer/1994; :13
SUPER=01-Hubert Humphrey III/MN Attorney General; :36
SUPER=03-St. Paul, MN; :54
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OUT Q=CBS News


Mideast-Peace


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at the White House today.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington, DC;


He's discussing plans with President Clinton to withdraw Israeli troops from the West Bank.
Netanyahu reportedly said the Israeli's have "made a decision to go for peace."
SUPER=03-Paris, France;


Meanwhile, peace also appears to be on the mind of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
He's in Paris today in an attempt to break the deadlock in the peace process with Israel.
Arafat will have HIS meeting with President Clinton on Thursday.
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Cohen-China


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Cohen, William


U- S Defense Secretary William Cohen is wrapping up a three- day trip to China--
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Beijing, China;


Cohen met with Chinese President Jiang Zemin today.
Before the two leaders met today, Jiang told reporters that Cohen's visit had bolstered the friendship between the two countries.
Cohen said he was pleased with the assurances he received on the issue of Beijing's sales of anti- ship cruise missiles to Iran.
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Oprah


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=jha
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=legal scales


The Queen of TV- Talk is CAUSING quite a bit of talk in Texas.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Amarillo, TX;


Oprah Winfrey arrived in Amarillo today for a beef defamation lawsuit.
Texas cattlemen claim Winfrey's show caused ranchers to lose money when a vegetarian guest said that American beef could cause Mad Cow disease.
Jury selection is scheduled today.
Meanwhile, there's een a STAMPEDE for tickets to her show's taping in Amarillo at the end of the week.
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MLK-Arrest


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=MLK Day


A suspect is under arrest in connection with the shooting at the Martin Luther King Day parade in Louisiana.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Baton Rouge, LA;


Family members brought 19- year- old Brandon Johnson to the police department.
Johnson is charged with one count of first degree murder and three counts of ATTEMPTED first degree murder.
One man was killed, three children were injured by the gunfire.
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SOT 10:25:39
IN Q=This act of violence

((TOM ED MCHUGH/BATON ROUGE MAYOR: THIS ACT OF VIOLENCE BY AN INDIVIDUAL THAT DESTROYS THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALS THAT HAPPENED TO BE THERE JUST-- THERE'S JUST NO WAY TO MAKE ANY LOGIC OUT OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Ed McHugh/Baton Rouge Mayor;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=logic out of it
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VO-NAT


Local authorities say Johnson pulled a gun and fired several shots into the crowd after his friend and the murder victim got into a fight.
Police are still investigating and have NOT ruled out additional arrests.
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E-Klan-Rally


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tte
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=MLK Day


And there was some protest closer to home in Patrick County.
The Ku Klux Klan donned hoods and marched through the town of Stuart.
The protestors denounced African-Americans on a holiday celebrating civil rights.
About 15 Klan members chanted "white power" on the way to the courthouse -- holding swastika signs and encouraging people to join them.
The Sheriff says the Ku Klux Klan had permission for their march.

King-Day


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-99
GRAPHIC=MLK


Others rallied in support of the slain civil rights leader.
A celebration paid tribute to a man who died leading a non-violent civil rights movement.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Participants enjoyed songs of praise and guidance and were taken back in time as a friendly reminder to keep the dream alive.
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((DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING; WE WILL BE ABLE TO SPEED UP THAT DAY WHEN ALL OF GOD'S CHILDREN, BLACK MEN AND WHITE MEN, JEWS AND GENTILES, PROTESTANTS AND CATHOLICS WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN HANDS. MARTIN JEFFREY/NAACP PRESIDENT; WE'RE EITHER GOING TO LIVE TOGETHER AS BROTHERS OR PERISH TOGETHER AS FOOLS AND THAT BEGINS WITH DIALOGUE. WE'VE GOT TO START TALKING TO EACH OTHER.))
SUPER=10-Dr. Martin Luther King//File Tape;
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Local NAACP President;
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OUT Q=each other
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VO-NAT


King often reminded African-Americans to be "Drum Majors for Justice.
Last night, the N-double-A-C-P honored William Fleming educator and football coach George "Kila" Miller with its first ever "Drum Major for Excellence" award.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=HOLD


Organizers of a Richmond rally are lashing out at city and business leaders for not attending yesterday's rally.
Several people listed on the program didn't show.
During the ceremony the Reverend Tyler Millner called the turnout "a disgrace and a shame."

Lee-Jackson


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#net (edit of 97-89)
GRAPHIC=NONE


Many people turned out to celebrate the other part of yesterday's holiday.
Statewide the day also honors confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
Washington and Lee University marked the occasion with a tribute to the man who led the school during the difficult days after the civil war.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lexington;


Faculty members and students gathered in Lee Chapel for the Founder's Day convocation.
Virginia Tech Professor and civil war historian James Robertson spoke-saying he believes Lee's greatest achievement was the presidency of Washington College.
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IN Q=He's one of the few figures

((JAMES ROBERTSON/CIVIL WAR HISTORIAN: HE'S ONE OF THE FEW FIGURES IN AMERICAN HISTORY THAT ILLUSTRATES A TIME WHEN THE VANQUISHED HAD PERHAPS MORE INFLUENCE ON THE COURSE OF EVENTS THAN THE VICTOR.))
SUPER=01-James Robertson/Civil War Historian;
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OUT Q=than the victor
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Lee accepted the presidency of Washington College following the civil war when the school was struggling to stay open and is largely credited with saving the institution.
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S-Lewis-Gale


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mfe
TAPE#97-94
GRAPHIC=Lewis Gale


Two medical facilities that share the Lewis Gale name are now partners again.
The Clinic and Medical Center made it official yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem; :


After a 26- year hiatus, the two health care centers are once again combining their operations.
In addition to offering patients cheaper, faster care--
Lewis- Gale is planning to extend its presence in the public eye.
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SOT 14:45:15
IN Q=If you look

((BILL DOWNEY/PRESIDENT AND CEO/LEWIS-GALE MEDICAL CENTER: WE CAN DO MORE WITH SCREENINGS, WE CAN DO MORE COMMUNITY EDUCATION AS ONE ENTITY. SO, I THINK WE'LL HELP PROVIDE A BETTER COMMUNITY, WE WILL HELP THE COMMUNITY BE BETTER SERVED.))
SUPER=01-Bill Downey/Medical Center Pres. & CEO; :
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OUT Q=better served.
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VO-NAT


And by teaming up, Downey says the path ahead is bright.
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IN Q= For the physicians

((FOR THE PHYSICIANS AND FOR THE MEDICAL CENTER TO BE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER WILL POSITION US AND HAS POSITIONED US SO THAT WE CAN BE HERE FOR ANOTHER 90 YEARS.))
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OUT Q= 90 years.
ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=None


The two facilities are only yards apart-- but split in 1972 after a 60- year affiliation.

E-Seeing-eye


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#98-7
GRAPHIC=NONE


Seeing-eye dogs can make all the difference for professionals.
Thanks to the Lions Club- Leader Dogs have become available to those who are still LOOKING for work.
Keith Humphry caught up with a Franklin County man who's trying to find his way in the world... now that he's mastered getting around.
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SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00
SUPER=07-Rodney Brown; :28
SUPER=@Keith2;
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(( You get ride to town, get out of the car, cross the street and go to the music store.
All pretty routine... unless you can't see.
Having been at it about a year now, Rodney Brown and his Yellow Labrador Retriever have it figured out. 11:13:05 ((I PUT HIM THROUGH ALL KINDS OF TESTS, WOODS, DIFFERENT PATHS, BY MYSELF.))
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When they started out, Brown concedes he was scared to death, but he says he would encourage others to try it. 11:13:30 ((ANYBODY THAT NEEDS A DOG, I THINK THEY SHOULD GO FOR IT. MAN, THAT'S LIKE, I'VE GOT A FRIEND NOW THAT I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH, AND I'M TRYING TO TALK HIM INTO GETTING A DOG. AND HE'S GOT MOBILITY JUST LIKE ME.))
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Rodney Brown's dog has two names; his pet name, Juneau and his working name. That's a secret.
Because Juneau can't be bothered when he's working.
Brown has discovered one of the more subtle advantages to having a leader dog. Juneau serves as an emblem- -a different kind of handicapped sign- -almost a badge of honor. 11:28:10 ((WHEN I GO UP IN A PLACE, AND I AIN'T GOT NO CANE OR NOTHING TO KNOW THAT I'M BLIND, THEY'RE GOING TO THINK THAT I'M CRAZY OR RETARDED OR SOMETHING, YOU KNOW.))
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Now, if he could just find work... an experienced mechanic in small- engine repair, he just hasn't been able to find anyone willing to take a chance on him.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.)) WEATHER
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S-Oxford


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Business News


Jobs in the textile industry continue to leave our area.
85- employees at a Giles County plant will soon be out of work.
Oxford Garment in Pearisburg is closing its doors in mid-March.
The plant makes women's clothing.
A company spokesman blames the closing on foreign competition.

Hornets


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Hornets


Matt Geiger (GY'-gur) matched his career high of 28 points and Glen Rice poured in 38 as Charlotte ripped Toronto.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC;


Geiger was making his first start since the Hornets learned Vlade Divac
(VLAH'-day DEE'-vahts) will need at

least two months to recover from knee surgery.
Geiger scored 16 points during the Hornets' 33-to-10 run in the second half.

Zan Tabak scored 23 points to lead the Raptors.
The Hornets go on to win 109 to 88.
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ANCHOR=Patrick
SS=HOLD


The Hornets also placed backup wing guard Dell Curry on the injured list with a strained right calf.
Curry has missed seven consecutive games because of the injury.

River


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-17)
GRAPHIC=Boys hoops


On to the high school ranks where James River hosted Bath County.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Buchanan/Chargers vs. Knights; :00


The Knights draw first blood. Quincy Springs hits Jeremy Sink and he gets off the lightning quick shot that put James River up by a basket.
Bath would charge back as Darrell Hicklin benefits froma nice inside pass for an easy lay up to tie the game.
James River doesn't wait long to steal back the lead. Joey Ingram drives and then nails the jumper for the Knights.
The Chargers Phillip Neff answers; but James River prevails 68 to 55.
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VMI


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=net (edit of BB98-3)
GRAPHIC=VMI hoops


The day before the Citadel's three year anniversary of co-education, the school's basketball team met up with another military school that just went co-ed this year.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Lexington/Bulldogs vs. Keydets; :00


V-M-I's Aaron Demory opened up the scoring last night with this jumper to put the Keydets out in front by two.
V-M-I's Darryl Faulkener would then lend a hand as he takes the nice pass and scores on the turn around jumper and the keydets seemed to be rolling; leading by 4.
But the Citadel would play tough SUPER=34-Citadel/67/VMI/62;

inside. Watch Bryan Patton dish the ball to Matt Newman who finishes the play to cut the deficit to a basket.
V-M-I comes right back. Eric Mann has the ball knocked loose; picks it up and scores; but the Citadel wins it 67-62.
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ACC


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=ACC logo


Tonight A-C-C basketball returns to Your Hometown Station as the Virginia Cavaliers hit the road
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pinnacle stuff-99052
to battle the Clemson Tigers.
U-V-a is coming off a three point win over N-C State, while Clemson just barely lost to the new number one Duke 81-to-80 on Saturday.
Catch the Tigers and Cavs tonight at 8 right here on WDBJ.
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Iroc


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (edit of S7-16)
GRAPHIC=Sports generic


Jeff Burton got a big career boost yesterday as he was named to drive in the prestigious IROC series.
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VO-NAT ENG#


Jeff also has a brand new paint scheme on his Ford Taurus for races on the regular Winston Cup series.
Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon will also represent Winston Cup in the four race event.
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Promo


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


Every weekend morning you can catch the latest local news on take promo-essC News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday Morning with Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden.
This Saturday Andrew will be heading to Robin Reed's house for Weekend Diner.
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Spoon-Art


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


And finally today--
They're a special group of craftsmen who make artwork out of wooden SPOONS.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Noblesville, IN;


The carvers of these "Friendship Spoons" have mental disabilities, but their employer says they've taught her many lessons.
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IN Q=These guys

((DEBBIE CUNNINGHAM: THESE GUYS GO THROUGH MORE STRESS AND MORE FIGHTS JUST TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE. AND THEY NEVER GIVE UP. IT IS INCREDIBLE WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM THEM. ))
SUPER=01-Debbie Cunningham/Instructor;
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VO-NAT


The project began more than 15 years ago, and runs on a tight budget.
Employees say they enjoy their jobs...as they CARVE their own niche in the working world. (----------------)