[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


President Clinton brings together the two mideast leaders for a summit at the border.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And despite public opposition Salem City Council votes to rezone 30 acres of land for industrial use.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Mostly clear and chilly as you wake up-- with areas of fog.
Also be prepared for some ice on your windshield before temperatures gradually warm up into the lower 50s by this afternoon.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Salem-Rezoning]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-83 TC02:09]
[GRAPHIC=Salem City Seal]


Salem City Council has voted to rezone the Elizabeth campus, despite the objections of residents.
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[SOT 10:41:07]
[IN Q=I support the green space]
[SUPER=01-Jim Reeves/Salem Resident]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=would probably be gone.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


The issue has generated vocal opposition from Salem residents who believe the land should remain undeveloped.
Last night, one opponent was escorted from the meeting room, when the council attempted to end the debate after 30 minutes.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF PROTESTER]
[SUPER=01-Sonny Tarpley/Salem Mayor; :05]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=that's our goal.]
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

Despite the opposition, the vote was unanimous in favor of rezoning 30 acres for light industrial use.

Council voted four to one to rezone five acres for an assisted living center.[E-Monty-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=98-64 1:42:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A 30-acre plot of land next to Kipps Elementary School in Blacksburg has a new owner.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/November]


Last Night, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to purchase the land which is located on Price's Fork Road.
The land cost the county 650-thousand dollars and will be used for school purposes.
However, the board has not decided what kind of school may be built there.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Some residents would like to see a new middle school built there while others would prefer a new high school.

[Special-Election]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Special Election]


Bluefield area voters head to the polls today to elect a new state senator.
A special election is being held to fill the seat of Democratic Senator Jackson Reasor.
It's a three-way campaign featuring Democrat Phillip Puckett, an insurance agent -- Republican Roger Rife, a high school coach -- and independent Jerry Ward, a retired coal miner turned evangelist.
No matter who wins, Republicans will maintain control of the senate, which was 21 to 19 favoring the G-O-P before Reasor resigned.
The polls opened a few minutes ago at six o'clock.

[E-Falwell]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-71 1:01:40]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Reverend Jerry Falwell called on the President to resign 3 months ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


He says Congress has no choice but to impeach the president now.
And he doesn't buy predictions that the President will NOT be convicted in the senate, which will act as a jury in an impeachment trial.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 00:18:04]
[IN Q=for a juror]

((JERRY FALWELL/; FOR A JUROR TO SAY HERE'S HOW I'M GOING TO VOTE, HE SHOULD BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE JURY. I DON'T THINK YOU'RE GOING TO FIND THAT, AND THERE ARE VERY DECENT PRINCIPALED DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS IN THAT SENATE, THAT NOBODY CAN PROPERLY DETERMINE OR PREDICT WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO VOTE.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Falwell/Liberty Univ. Chancellor;]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=going to vote]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The house is expected to vote on impeachment before Christmas.

[MID-EAST-PEACE]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Mideast Peace]


The White House..taking an impeachment reading..is telling President Clinton his prospects in the House are no better than fifty-fifty.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Erez Crossing, Gaza;]


Despite the odds the President shifted his attention to Middle East Diplomacy.
This morning he brought Benjamin Netanyahu and Yasser Arafat together for a three way meeting in the Gaza strip.
But while promoting his peace initiative the president couldn't escape questions about his political future.
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[SOT]

[4:05:54]
[IN Q=]

((CLINTON:I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S IN THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO GO THROUGH THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS AND HAVE A TRIAL IN THE SENATE...THAT'S WHY I HAVE OFFERED TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO MAKE ANY REASONABLE COMPROMISE WITH CONGRESS. ))
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=compromise with congress.]
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[VO-NAT]


This was the first get together for the three leaders since a peace deal was signed in October.
Mr. Clinton is now doing some sightseeing in Bethlehem before returning to Washington.
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[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, Fleming doubles up on Martinsville, and Liberty squeaks by Patrick Henry.
Denise Allen has details.
Good Morning Denise.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good Tuesday]
[RUNS=1:24]
[OUT Q=far from home.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


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[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive:))

[Suicide-Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Lawsuit]


The parents of a 13-year old girl who committed suicide are suing the Bedford County School Board and two school counselors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


The parents of Lisa Renee Hall say Staunton River Middle School counselors knew she was suicidal but failed to tell them.
Floyd and Karen Hall said they knew their daughter was upset about being taunted at school for her large size but didn't know she had been referred to counselors for depression.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
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[S-Parish-Nurse]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-68 1:24:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Wythe County nurse is bridging the gap between medicine and religion.
In October, Wythe County Community hospital and a nearby church teamed up to form a "Parish Nurse" program.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Karen Karnei]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Karen Karnei/Parish Nurse; :12]
[SUPER=01-Sara Poole/Church Member; :37]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Charles Burnett/Pastor; :50 ]
[SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Larry Chewning/Wythe Co. Hospital CEO; 1:15]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Wytheville.]


(( Karen Karnei has worked as a nurse for more than 35- years.
These days, you'll find her working out of an office at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Wytheville.
She also makes HOME visits.
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[2:11:42]
[SOT]
[IN Q=Oh, i love]

((KAREN KARNEI/PARISH NURSE: OH, I LOVE IT, I REALLY DO, I FEEL LIKE, IF I HAD DREAMED UP A JOB I COULDN'T HAVE DONE BETTER THAN THIS ONE. )) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=than this one.]


Karnei enjoys her job because it involves MORE than medicine.
Unlike traditional nursing, Karnei has more of an opportunity to help folks with other problems, too.
In addition, she provides programs for various community groups.
She also offers to PRAY with those who want to.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It means]

((SARA POOLE/CHURCH MEMBER: IT MEANS A GREAT DEAL, I ENJOY HER VERY MUCH, I ENJOY HER VISITS, TOO. )) [RUNS:05]
Charles Burnett is pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
He says he found out about the program-- while in Tennessee.
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[2:21:28]
[SOT]
[IN Q=I think]

((REV. CHARLES BURNETT:I THINK PEOPLE ARE SEARCHING FOR A WHOLENESS IN SO MANY AREAS IN THEIR LIVES, THEY'VE TRIED EVERYTHING AND THERE'S A GREAT HUNGER FOR SPIRITUALITY AS WELL AS MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH. )) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=physical health.]

[TAKE SU]
The program has been in place since October and is made possible through a partnership with Wythe County Community hospital. [END SU]
The church provides an office among other things-- while the hospital's foundation provides funding.
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[1:27:58]
[SOT]
[IN Q=Patients]

((LARRY CHEWNING/WYTHE CO. HOSPITAL CEO; :PATIENTS FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE COMING TO A CHURCH FOR A HEALTH CARE PURPOSE AS OPPOSED TO MORE FORMAL SETTINGS, SUCH AS HOSPITALS OR PHYSICIANS OFFICES. )) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q= offices.]


Karnei's services are free to anyone-- regardless of their religious affiliation.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Wytheville.))

[E-Transplant]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-69 1:28:10]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The condition of a young heart transplant recipient is improving.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week;]


18-month old Kayla Griffin was rushed to the University of Virginia Medical Center and underwent transplant surgery Sunday morning.
She's now in serious condition.
Kayla was one of two area toddlers who'd been waiting for new hearts.
The other.. two-year old Courtney LaPlante.. died last week.
Organ donation officials say Kayla stands a 75 percent chance of living for at least another year with her new heart.
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, gene therapy may help keep people pumped up as they age.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:07]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( RESEARCHERS MAY SOON BE ABLE TO PREVENT THE MUSCLE-LOSS ASSOCIATED WITH AGING...
VT=VO

AS PEOPLE AGE, THEY LOSE AS MUCH AS A THIRD OF THEIR MUSCLE MASS AND STRENGTH. NOW--SCIENTISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SAY THEY -MAY- BE ABLE TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK. THEY SAY THEY'VE INJECTED MICE WITH A GENE THAT STIMULATES THE GROWTH OF MUSCLE CELLS. THE OLDER MICE THEY TESTED GAINED 27-PERCENT OF THE MUSCLE THEY LOST TO AGE... AND THE YOUNGER MICE-- GAINED 15-PERCENT.--VO--

VT=VO

NEW DRUGS AND VACCINES AS WELL AS BETTER DETECTION AND SURVEILLANCE... WILL BE THE ONLY WAY TO FIGHT WHAT SOME EXPERTS BELIEVE IS A COMING PLAGUE OF "SUPERBUGS." THOSE EXPERTS -- TOLD U-S SENATORS MONDAY--THAT IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TO STOP PEOPLE FROM DEMANDING ANTIBIOTICS AND GETTING DOCTORS TO STOP PRESCRIBING THEM WHEN THEY ARE NOT NEEDED-- AS IT IS TO DEVELOP NEW DRUGS.

VT=VO EFFECT

SEVERAL U-S CITIES ARE NOW POISED TO BEGIN YET ANOTHER DEBATE ABOUT SMOKING AND HEALTH. THEY SAY THE RECENT SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE STATES AND BIG TOBACCO IS UNFAIR. AND ON THURSDAY, THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS AND A GROUP OF MISSOURI HOSPITALS WILL TRY TO CONVINCE A JUDGE THAT THE AGREEMENT WRONGLY PREVENTS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM SEEKING THEIR OWN DAMAGES FOR SMOKING-RELATED ILLNESSES.
THAT'S A LOOK AT THE LATEST MEDICAL NEWS. RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[Two-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


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((Archive:Community Christmas Store)) [2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


President Clinton says the Mideast Peace process is back on track following a three way meeting this morning with Benjamin Netanyahu and Yasser Arafat.
Back in Washington White House advisers say they are increasingly pessimistic about the President's prospects of avoiding impeachment in the House.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


A 26 year old Tennesse construction worker has been pulled to safety after being buried alive for some 15 hours.
He was rescued early this morning and was conscious and talking to doctors as he was rushed to a nearby ambulance.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[ss=none]


And after stealing a car from a Bedford County convenience store last night the suspect crashes it into a house.
No one was in the house at the time but the driver Debra Burnett died at the scene.
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[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, December 15th.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[Impeachment]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Impeachment Vote]


President Clinton is in Bethlehm this morning following a summit in the Gaza Strip that he says put the peace process back on track.
The President held a three way meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu and Yasser Arafat.
Back at home the President has lost some potential supporters.
Three previously undecided Republicans now say they'll vote in favor of impeachment.
Top White House officials and leading Democrats put Mr. Clinton's chances in the House at 50-50.
Jonathan Freed has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Gaza City, Gaza; :17]
[SUPER=03-Stamford, CT; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Christopher Shays/(R) Connecticut; 1:14]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC; 1:29]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/Reporting; 1:47]
[RUNS=1:58]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.]

((Congressional offices are normally quiet at this time of year...but with the historic impeachment debate in the House now only three days away, the phones are buzzing with opinions about what should become of the President.
SOT: STAFFER TALKING TO CALLER.

LOCATOR: GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP.
SOT: CLINTON IN MID-EAST.

While that was happening, Mr. Clinton was in the Middle East...promoting his peace initiative...but he could not escape questions about his political future. The President was asked if he would admit to lying under oath. CLINTON: I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S IN THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO GO THROUGH THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS AND HAVE A TRIAL IN THE SENATE...THAT'S WHY I HAVE OFFERED TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO MAKE ANY REASONABLE COMPROMISE WITH CONGRESS. The White House has been trying to convince moderate Republicans to vote against impeachment...and for the lesser punishment of censure. Estimates are that some 15 G-O-P votes are needed to be sure of victory. On Monday some of those moderate Republicans began declaring they would vote for impeachment but leaving the count too close to call..and one Republican, Christopher Shays of Connecticut, said his anti-impeachment stand is wavering, and that he wants to meet with Mr. Clinton. LOCATOR: STAMFORD, CT REP. CHRISTOPHER SHAYS/R-CT: AFTER HIS COMENTS FRIDAY IT'S UNSETTLING TO ME BECAUSE I THINK HE STILL DOESN'T GET IT, HE NEEDS TO CONVINCE ME AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HE IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW. The House Republican leadership is still opposed to a vote on censure. The Vice President challenged that goes against the will of the people. LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, D.C. GORE: WHAT THE LEADERSHIP HAS DONE IS TO PREVENT ANY KIND OF COMPROMISE ALONG THE LINES THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO SEE AND INSTEAD THEY THREATEN TO PUT THE COUNTRY THROUGH THIS LONG ORDEAL THAT WOULD ENSUE. JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE G-O-P LEADERSHIP IS CALLING FOR MR. CLINTON TO RESIGN. THE VICE PRESIDENT REPEATED THAT'S ONE THING THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. J-F...WASHINGTON.))

[Trench-Collapse]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A fifteen hour nightmare is over for a Tennessee construction worker.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chattanooga, TN;]

[5:10-aproximately (live raw footage)]
That's how long twenty-six year old Darby Wayne Patrick was buried alive in a 12 foot deep trench in Chattanooga.
The trench caved in on him yesterday while he laying pipe along a highway.
Patrick stayed alive by creating an underground air pocket.
He was pulled to safety shortly before five this morning.
Patrick was conscious and talking with doctors as he was placed in a waiting ambulance.
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[E-Fatal-Ax]
[anchor=Melanie]
[newscast=Morn]
[wri=chr]
[tape=98-72 1:04:29]
[graphic=Fatal Accident]


Police say a car theft ended in a deadly accident last night.
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[vo-nat]
[super=03-Bedford Co.;]


A Moneta woman who apparently stole a car from a convenience store crashed the car just a short distance away and died.
Police say Debra Burnett stole the vehicle from the Bodycamp convenience store on Route 24.
She took off and then just a mile or two down the road- crashed into a home off Route 24.
No one was in the house at the time.
Burnett was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
(-----------------)


[2-Special-Election]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Special Election]


The polls are open in the Bluefield area as a special election is underway to elect a new state senator.
A special election is being held to fill the seat of Democratic Senator Jackson Reasor.
It's a three-way campaign featuring Democrat Phillip Puckett, an insurance agent -- Republican Roger Rife, a high school coach -- and independent Jerry Ward, a retired coal miner turned evangelist.
No matter who wins, Republicans will maintain control of the senate, which was 21 to 19 favoring the G-O-P before Reasor resigned.

[S-Blevins]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-70 1:31:44]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Montgomery County judge sentenced a former wrestling coach to prison for having sex with two female students.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Marion/May 7;]


35-year old Michael Blevins was ordered to spend seven years in prison as part of a plea agreement.
Blevins was a wrestling coach and teacher in Shawsville.
Earlier this month, he was sentenced in Wythe County to 15-years in prison for a separate incident.
Those charges pertain to a relationship Blevins had with another underage girl when he taught at Rural Retreat high school.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Blevins will serve the seven year sentence he received yesterday at the same time he serves the 15-year sentence.

[2-Salem-Rezoning]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-83 TC02:09]
[GRAPHIC=Salem City Seal]


Despite the objections of residents, Salem City Council has voted to rezone the Elizabeth campus.
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[SOT 10:41:07]
[IN Q=I support the green space]
[SUPER=01-Jim Reeves/Salem Resident]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=would probably be gone.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


The issue has generated vocal opposition from Salem residents who believe the land should remain undeveloped.
Last night, one opponent was escorted from the meeting room, when the council attempted to end the debate after 30 minutes.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF PROTESTER]
[SUPER=01-Sonny Tarpley/Salem Mayor; :05]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=that's our goal.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

Despite the opposition, the vote was unanimous in favor of rezoning 30 acres for light industrial use.
Council voted four to one to rezone five acres for an assisted living center.

[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


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[SS=None]
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[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:Community Store))

[E-Student-death]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#98-62 2:00:53]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Students at Stanleytown Elementary School are dealing with the death of a fellow student.
A special ed student was having breakfast at the school yesterday when he choked on something he ate and died.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.]


Nine-year old Donald Eugene Schmidt of Martinsville was one of five students in a class for children with severe and profound disabilities.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 3:55]
[IN Q=the teacher]

((THE TEACHER AND AIDE WERE IN THE CLASSROOM. THEY PROVIDED THE APPROPRIATE IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY CARE, TRYING TO DISLODGE THE ITEM IN THE CHILD'S THROAT.))
[SUPER=01-David Martin/Henry Co. Superintendent]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=child's throat.]
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[VO-NAT]


But the Stanleytown school staff-including a registered nurse- -were unable to get it out.
E-M-T's were called and the boy was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
(------------)



[ROTC-Strippers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#none]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Tech]


Two Virginia Tech freshmen have been thrown out of the school's Corp of Cadets for moonlighting as strippers.
The two 18-year olds were reportedly working at Southern Exposure near Princeton, West Virginia.
Both had been attending Tech on full R-O-T-C scholarships.
They were thrown out December fourth after they were charged with being absent without leave and conduct unbecoming a cadet.
The women are out-of-state students whose names and hometowns have not been released.

[E-Tuition-Cost]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-66 1:32:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Governor Jim Gilmore is hoping to make a proposed 20 percent cut in tuition into a reality.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


At a press conference yesterday, Gilmore said the cut would save the average student 456-dollars a year.
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[SOT 11:50:31]
[IN Q=it means]

((GILMORE: IT MEANS THAT A PERSON DOES NOT HAVE TO DELAY AN EDUCATION IT MEANS A PERSON CAN GET THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLING QUICKER. AT IT MEANS THEY DON'T HAVE TO CARRY BURDEN OUT THERE INTO THE REAL WORLD AFTER THEY FINISH THEIR SCHOOLING. ))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=schooling]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The Governor also announced a gift of more than 3-and-a half million dollars to open a higher education center in Roanoke.
Fifteen different colleges will use the center to teach classes for college credit.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 11:54:38]
[IN Q=i'm delighted]

((EDWARDS: I'M DELIGHTED THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS NOT JUST THIS YEAR DECIDED TO GIVE US THE 3.6 MILLION FOR THE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER, BUT ALSO HAS SIGNED ONTO THE IDEA OF ROLLING BACK TUITION. IT'S SOMETHING I'VE BEEN PUSHING FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS. ))
[SUPER=@Edwards;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=last two years]
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[VO-NAT]
[super=@file]


Gilmore also proposed giving schools 75-million dollars, paying back what they'll lose from tuition bills.
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[E-Holiday-Mail]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-65 1:25:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[***ANCHOR TAG****]
And you thought your holiday was busy--
How would you like to have to deal with three million pieces of mail in one day? Tina Tenret takes us into the thick of it all at the Roanoke Post office on their busiest day of the year.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Now the rush]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :14]
[SUPER=01-Robert Babst/Postal Carrier; :58]
[SUPER=@Tina1; 1:08]
[RUNS=1:21]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke]


((Now the rush really begins.
Postal workers must sort through three MILLION cards, letters and packages dropped off on one day ALONE.
(/////SOT/////)
[NATSOT]
((nat sot of mail being processed in plant))

[RUNS:03]
Think this huge bin holds a lot?
These are just the gifts from the Home Shopping Network and they're only the small ones.
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[SOT TC 1:19:39]
[IN Q=The post office]

((THE POST OFFICE HELPS THE ELVES BECAUSE THEY HELP THEM WITH THEIR ZIP CODES AND THEY HELP THEM WITH THEIR ADDRESSES. IF EVERYTHING IS SPELLED CORRECTLY AND ZIP CODED CORRECTLY IT WILL GET THERE ON TIME.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=ON TIME]


These days Santa's helpers include computers that can read your handwriting, so if you print clearly, your cards should make it on time.
The downside of machines -- some mail won't make it through alive -- so be sure to include a return address.
Meanwhile, these guys are earning overtime -- although they say they're delivering mostly cards from out of town, fewer between neighbors.
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[SOT TC 39:00]
[IN Q=BECAUSE OF THE COST]

((ROBERT BABST/POSTAL CARRIER: BECAUSE OF THE COST OF THE CARDS AND POSTAGE AND EVERYTHING ELSE, PEOPLE ARE SENDING THEIR CARDS OUT OF TOWN BUT NOT LOCALLY. THEY'D RATHER STOP BY AND SEE ONE ANOTHER OR CALL THEM.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=or call them]
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[SOT 19:18:50]
[IN Q=And if you want]

((AND IF YOU WANT TO WRITE A LETTER OR LIST TO SANTA CLAUS, REMEMBER YOUR RETURN ADDRESS. THE POSTMASTER SAYS YOU WILL GET AN ANSWER. TINA TENRET NEWS7 ROANOKE.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=News7 Roanoke]))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The postmaster also suggests -- pack your toys in bubble wrap, tape them up tightly and if they weigh more than a pound, take them straight to the post office clerk.










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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, the Hokies defensive squad gets a committment from a local standout.
Denise Allen has details.
Good Morning Denise.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=1:57]
[OUT Q=a good day.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
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[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The parents of a Bedford County girl who committed suicide are suing the school board and two school counselors.
The parents of Lisa Renee Hall say Staunton River Middle School counselors knew she was suicidal but failed to tell them.
The suit seeks an unspecified amount of damages.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Salem City council unanimously voted to rezone 30 acres of the Elizabeth Campus for light industrial use.
They did so over the objections of Salem residents who said the land should be kept as greenspace.
One opponent was escorted from the meeting room, when the council attempted to end the debate after 30 minutes.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Montgomery County will soon be the owner of a 30 acre piece of property next to Kipps Elementary School.
The 650-thousand dollar tract will be used for for school purposes.
There has NOT been a decision on what kind of school will be built there.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]