[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Ice scrapers are looking like a nice Christmas gift for many Americans.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And an act of charity put one Roanoke man in jail.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Winter storm warnings are still in effect across the area, with more freezing rain expected today, before most of the mess clears out by this evening.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[ROADS-Live]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#98-69 TC1:45:00]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


The question many people are asking today is "Will I get home for Christmas?"
Road condition are improving this morning.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Microwave]


With more on that and on the situation at the Roanoke Regional Airport lets talk to Tina Tenret.
Tina what can you tell us?
[Live=Tina Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Tina1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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(Rollcue:WILL BE OBVIOUS)
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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Microwave]
(QUESTION: Who can people call for road conditions?)



[National-WX]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


Much of the nation will be getting a White Christmas, or a bitterly cold one.
Others will be chipping away at ice.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX;]

[4:07:11]
A dozen people have died on sleet-covered roads in Texas.
One deadly wreck in Austin involved 58 vehicles.
[SUPER=03-Dallas, TX;]

[4:03:49]
Ice at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport is causing problems for holiday travelers.
American Airlines has been forced to suspend flights until later this morning.
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC;]

[4:05:27]
A vicious ice storm has also swept through parts of the Carolinas, snapping tree limbs and damaging power lines.
[SUPER=03-Fresno, CA;]

[4:07:11 ]
And even out West, it's clearly winter.
California orange growers are working to save their trees from sub-freezing temperatures.
Crop damage is estimated at more than a-half billion dollars.
[SUPER=03-Lake Mille Lacs, MN;]

[4:22:36]
But some are thrilled with the artic air, like resort owners in central Minnesota, where ice fishing is big business

there.
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[S-Bikes-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=598-30; 1:37:18]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Jody Pendleton might have meant well.
But his plan to donate bikes to needy kids...went bust.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]


Two weeks ago he donated 340-bicycles to the Bikes or Bust charity event.
The problem is: he apparently bought the bikes using two bogus checks at Wal Mart.
At the time, the 22-year-old man was out on bond, after he was indicted for bank fraud and money laundering.
Now he's back in jail.
And U.S. Attorney Tom Eckert said paying with rubber checks was a clear violation of that bond...
Even if donating bikes to under-privileged kids was a nice idea.
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[SOT 2:58:13]
[IN Q=I DON'T THINK]

((ECKERT: I DON'T THINK THAT REALLY MATTERS. THE POINT IS THAT THE CHECKS ARE BAD. THE REASON HE DID IT OR THE MOTIVATION IS REALLY IRRELEVANT.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Eckert/U.S. Attorney;]
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[OUT Q=IRRELEVANT]
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[VO-NAT]


Slam Duncan, the D-J in charge of the charity was unavailable for comment yesterday.
Wal-Mart will not say if it's going to try to get the bikes back.
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[1-Sports]


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


In sports, the grinch pays a visit to the N-B-A.
Roy Stanley has details.
Good Morning Roy.
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[SOT]
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[OUT Q=later on mornin'.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-9]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record] [Roll Cold out of Break]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Pickett/Executive Director; :21]
[SUPER=03-Bedford; :29]
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[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]



(tape tosses to stocks)

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

[2-ROADS-Live]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#98-78 TC1:49:51]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


Road conditions are expected to improve as the morning continues.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Microwave]


With more on that, we go to Tina Tenret at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Tina?
[Live=Tina Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Tina1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]
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[:23 to Bite]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Microwave]



[S-Heart-Transplant]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=98-70;1:43:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke family got an early Christmas present.
Just 10 days after she underwent heart transplant surgery, little Kayla Griffin will be spending the holidays at home.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; ]
[SUPER=01-Carole Ballew/Transplant Coordinator; :13]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Irving Kron/Lead Transplant Surgeon; :37]
[SUPER=01-April Griffin/Kayla's Mother; :55]
[SUPER=@ssm2; 1:12]
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[OUT Q=News7, Charlottesville.]

(( 18- month- old Kayla Griffin stepped out of her hospital room and into the spotlight Wednesday..looking perhaps a little overwhelmed but NOT like a girl who had just undergone heart transplant surgery ten days earlier.
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[SOT 2:22:43]
[IN Q=Kayla did]

((CAROLE BALLEW/TRANSPLANT COORDINATOR: KAYLA DID GREAT ONE DAY AFTER SURGERY. SHE WAS SITTING UP IN HER BED WITHOUT THE BREATHING MACHINE, SHE WAS EXTUBATED AND YOU WOULDN'T EVEN HAVE KNOWN THAT ANYTHING HAD HAPPENED.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=had happened.]


Kayla's progress has amazed her doctors, who say most ADULT transplant recipients require several weeks of hospital recovery.
But having already beaten the odds by first getting a new heart.. Kayla is ready to make the most of it.
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[SOT 2:17:17]
[IN Q=She's physically]

((DR. IRVING KRON/LEAD TRANSPLANT SURGEON: SHE'S PHYSICALLY STRONG OTHER THAN HER HEART, SO SHE SHOULD DO EXTREMELY WELL, AND THE HEART WAS A VERY HEALTHY ONE FOR HER, BUT MOST OF IT IS JUST THE FACT SHE'S JUST GOT GOING AND IS MOVING ALONG DOING GREAT. AND WE COULDN'T BE MORE HAPPY ABOUT IT, NICE TIME OF YEAR FOR THIS TOO, ISN'T IT?)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=isn't it?]


Kayla's parents agree.
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[SOT 2:20:14//2:20:23]
[IN Q=My wish finally]

((APRIL GRIFFIN/KAYLA'S MOTHER: MY WISH FINALLY CAME TRUE. I MEAN, I AM SO HAPPY.. THIS IS MY CHRISTMAS PRESENT. I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE A LONG TIME BEFORE SHE WAS GOING TO GET A HEART, BUT I'M SO GLAD SHE GOT A HEART AND I'M HAPPY AND I KNOW DOWN ALONG THE ROAD SHE'LL BE HAPPY TOO.)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=be happy too.]


That road to recovery started in front of the U-V-A Medical Center..
[natsot car honk]

[RUNS:01]
..and for little Kayla, it will end at home.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Charlottesville.))

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, science may be closing in on the cause of upset stomachs.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( SO YOU'VE TRIED EVERYTHING BUT YOU STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT'S CAUSING YOUR UPSET STOMACH.
WELL WE SHOULD WARN YOU THAT SORTING THROUGH ALL THE DATA ON THIS TOPIC COULD GIVE JUST ABOUT ANYONE AN ULCER.
VT=VO

((vo))
SPICY FOODS AND STRESS HAVE LONG BEEN CONSIDERED TRIGGERS FOR A COMMON FORM OF INDEGESTION.
BUT DOCTORS ARE NOW WONDERING IF A TYPE OF BACTERIA THAT CAUSES ULCERS IS ACTUALLY THE CULPRIT.
TWO LARGE STUDIES PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE TESTED THIS THEORY-- AND CAME UP WITH DIFFERENT RESULTS.
ONE REPORT CONCLUDED THAT ANTIBIOTICS USED TO TREAT THE BACTERIA HELPED SOME PATIENTS WITH INDEGESTION.
BUT A SECOND STUDY FOUND NO CLEAR BENEFITS.//
VT=VO

((vo))
A NEW STUDY FINDS THAT MOTHERS WHO GIVE BIRTH TO THEIR FIRST CHILD LATER IN LIFE... TEND TO LIVE LONGER THAN THOSE WHO START FAMILIES EARLY ON.
RESEARCHERS LOOKED AT OLD BRITISH RECORDS AND FOUND THAT WOMEN WHO LIVED WELL INTO THEIR 80'S AND 90'S HAD ON AVERAGE ONE OR TWO CHILDREN--
AND THEY DIDN'T START HAVING THEIR KIDS UNTIL THEIR LATE 20'S OR OLDER.
THE AUTHORS OF THE STUDY SAY WOMEN MAY BE PAYING A PHYSICAL PRICE... FOR GIVING BIRTH AND RAISING CHILDREN AT A YOUNG AGE.//
VT=VO

((vo))
AND PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE MAY BE TOO LAID BACK FOR COMFORT.
ACCORDING TO A SURVEY BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL... NEARLY 37-PERCENT OF RURAL AMERICANS ADMITTED THEY DID NOT DO ANY HEALTHY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OUTSIDE OF THEIR JOBS.
THAT NUMBER WAS MUCH LOWER FOR THEIR BIG-CITY COUNTERPARTS.
EXERCISE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS.//
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[Two-Steve]


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


[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]



(I'll Call for ESS#)
[ESS#87??]



[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
(toss to Kimberly)

[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]


Here's why a lot of Americans will make it home for the holidays.. just a little late.
Freezing rain, ice and snow has already frozen thousands of travellers in their tracks.
Accident are piling up as fast as the frozen rain falls.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


One person is behind bars and two others are being questioned in connection with the death of a 19year old man in Pulaski.
John Christopher Dean was shot several times at an Apartment complext Monday night.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And before there was Martha Stewart there was Betty Crocker.
Adelaide Hawley Cumming, who starred in the 50's Betty Crocker T-V show has died at the age of 93.
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[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, December 24.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[3-ROADS-Live]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#98-69 TC1:45:00]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


Many airports in the eastern half of the country are experiencing delays this morning.
With more on the situation at the Roanoke airport as well as road conditions across Southwest Virginia--
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Microwave]


let's talk with Tina Tenret.
What can travelers and folks going to work expect this morning?
[Live=Tina Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Tina1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:WILL BE OBVIOUS)
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bejamin Gleason/Airline Passenger; :26]
[RUNS=:45]
[OUT Q=in the car.]




[Live=Tina Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
( ad lib)



[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Microwave]
(QUESTION: Tina, how can people find out more about road conditions?)


[2-National-WX]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


This is shaping up to be a Christmas Eve that will long be remembered in much of the country -- with snow, ice and bitter cold.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX;]

[4:07:11]
A dozen people have died on sleet-covered roads in Texas.
One deadly wreck in Austin involved 58 vehicles.
[SUPER=03-Dallas, TX;]

[4:03:49]
Ice at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport is causing problems for holiday travelers.
American Airlines has been forced to suspend flights until later this morning.
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC;]

[4:05:27]
A vicious ice storm has also swept through parts of the Carolinas, snapping tree limbs and damaging power lines.
[SUPER=03-Fresno, CA;]

[4:07:11 ]
And even out West, it's clearly winter.
California orange growers are working to save their trees from sub-freezing temperatures.
Crop damage is estimated at more than a-half billion dollars.
[SUPER=03-Lake Mille Lacs, MN;]

[4:22:36]
But some are thrilled with the artic air, like resort owners in central Minnesota, where ice fishing is big business

.
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[S-Pulaski-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=98-75; 1:42:23]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


One man is under arrest and police are questioning two more suspects in connection with the shooting death of 19-year old John Christopher Dean.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


Dean was shot several times at the Washington Square Apartments Monday night.
Police say a tenant had an argument with a friend of Dean's earlier that night, and they're fairly sure that's what led to the shooting.
A man from South Carolina has been charged with illegal possession of a handgun in the incident.
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[S-M'ville-Bomb]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-79; 17:03]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]


A boy was injured in Martinsville after a bomb he apparently made exploded.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]


The boy reportedly was carrying the bomb in a car when it went off--severely injuring his hands and face.
He was taken to the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and later transferred to a hospital in North Carolina.
There's no word yet on his condition.
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[Betty-crocker]


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


The woman known to T-V audiences in the 50's as Betty Crocker has died.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-The Betty Crocker TV Show;]


Adelaide Hawley Cumming passed away in her home state of Washington this week.
Cumming was a veteran radio broadcaster and performer who was hired by General Mills in 19-49 to be the first and only T-V version of Betty Crocker.
[SUPER=04-The Burns and Allen Show;]


In addition to her her T-V show Cumming also appeared on the the Burns and Allen show from 19-54 tp 19-59.
Adelaide Hawley Cumming was 93.
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[COHEN-TROOPS]


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


There's a winter chill spreading across the nation, but there's also a new chill wind blowing out of Baghdad.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;]

[4:17:42]
Yesterday Iraqis celebrated and Saddam Hussein vowed to keep U-N Arms inpsectors from coming back.
[SUPER=03-Camp Doha, Kuwait;]


Meantime, Defense Secretary William Cohen continues his morale boosting Christmas tour in the gulf region with a stop in Kuwait.
He told troops because of their presence Saddam is unable to strike out at any of his neighbors during the bombing campaign.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((WILLIAM COHEN: HE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO MOVE SOUTH OR NORTH OR EAST OR WEST WITHOUT COMING INTO CONFLICT WITH THE UNITED STATES AND OUT BRITISH COUNTERPARTS AND OTHERS. THANKS TO YOU HE IS STILL IN HIS BOX." ))
[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=IN HIS BOX.]
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[VO-NAT]


It was Saddam's invasion of Kuwait that sparked the Gulf War and the oil-rich country has relied on American troops for protection ever since.
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[Three-Steve]


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


[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
(I'll intro piece)



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[SOT]
[IN Q=Music]
[RUNS=2:30]
[OUT Q=baby Jesus on screen, music ends]


[Steve Live]

[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
(ad lib toss to bump)

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:Elks Home))

[4-ROADS-Live]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#98-78 TC1:49:51]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


The kids may not be heading to school today, but icy roads are on the minds of folks headed to work and out of town for the holiday.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Microwave]


Tina Tenret has been checking on conditions.
What can you tell us?
[Live=Tina Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Tina1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:Clifton Forge)
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]
(Mike HOT)

[:23 to Bite]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Microwave]



[3-Sports]


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


In sports, the Hokies are preparing to jingle all the way to Nashville.
Roy Stanley has the story.
Good Morning Roy.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=2:22]
[OUT Q=safe day everybody.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[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]


V-Dot says road conditions are generally improving.
Most Roads, including Interstates 77 and 81, have some minor, patchy ice on them.
V-Dot says Route 221 in South Roanoke County and Franklin County is in worse condition-- they recommend chains and extra precautions there.
Severe icing conditions are reported in Alleghany County.
Flights are leaving from the Roanoke Regional airport.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A boy was injured by a homemade bomb in Martinsville.
He was apparently carrying the bomb in a car when went off-- severely injuring his hands and face.
There's no word on his condition.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The fate of nearly 350 bicycles given to Bikes or Bust is still up in the air.
Investigators say Jody Pendleton bought them with a bad check.
He was free on bond from a previous check-kiting conviction when he allegedly made the purchase at Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart won't say if they intend to get the bikes back.
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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]