[11Economic-Development]

[ANCHOR=Denise]

[NEWSCAST=Sun am]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-44 1:16:34]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sunday Morning]


Governor Gilmore has outlined a plan that would put Virginia's share of the national tobacco settlement to work.... creating new economic opportunities for Southwest and Southside Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission is responsible for distributing half of the state's share of the settlement.
Gilmore says he'll recommend the commission set aside nearly 70- million dollars.
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./July;]


Of that amount, nearly 53- million would go to colleges and universities located near areas that at one time thrived on tobacco.... but are now suffering as quotas continue to drop.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=My specific]

((MY SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATION INCLUDES NEARLY 10- MILLION DOLLARS TO ESTABLISH A NEW BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER AND NEARLY TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN CONSTRUCTION OF TWO NEW BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES BUILDINGS AT VIRGINIA TECH.))
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[VO-NAT]


The governor's proposal also includes funds for Longwood College, Radford University and several community colleges.

The governor would also like to set aside money to promote tourism.
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((MY PLAN WOULD PROVIDE MORE THAN THREE MILLION DOLLARS TO MAKE THE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TO CONSTRUCT A LODGE AND HEMLOCK HAVEN CONFERENCE CENTER IN HUNGRY MOTHER STATE PARK AND 13- MILLION TO DESIGN AND BUILD A NEW FACILITY AT THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY IN MARTINSVILLE.))
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
[SS=None]


The governor's proposals must be approved by the legislature before taking effect.

[11Tech-Rally]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-46 36:26]
[graphic=Hokie fever]


Around a thousand fans turned out for a pep rally in honor of the Virginia Tech Hokies.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


For many, it was a chance to congratulate the players and to cheer them on to the National Championship game in New Orleans.
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[SOT 16:17:04]
[IN Q=They've done so well]

((THEY'VE DONE SO WELL AND THEY'VE JUST TAKEN CARE OF EVERYBODY AND IT'S JUST NICE TO PAY BACK THE TEAM WHAT THEY'VE GIVEN US ALL YEAR. THEY'VE BEEN SO GREAT TO US AND WE'RE GOING TO BE NEW ORLEANS FOR THEM AND WE'RE GOING TO WIN))
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[SOT 16:22:50]

((WE WERE CELEBRATING THE TEAM'S SUCCESS AND ACTUALLY THE GOOD FORTUNE OF THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IN RECEIVING ALL OF THIS NATIONAL ATTENTION))
[SUPER=01-Andrew Kates/Hokie Fan;]
[SUPER=01-Roger Hedgepeth/Blacksburg Mayor;]
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[VO-NAT]


The fans are just as excited as the team -- not to mention town officials who're also looking forward to hopefully winning the national championship.
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[11Ticket-Scalping]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Sugar Bowl Tickets]


32-hundred Tech students received Sugar Bowl tickets through the university's lottery system.
Now, the university is cracking down on students using the school's Internet system to re-sell those same tickets.

On Wednesday-- one university official who'd received complaints about the scalping sent notices to some students threatening judicial action.
The school's Internet system can NOT be used to make a profit.
Virginia and Blacksburg laws, however, do not forbid scalping.

[Clinton-Military]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


President Clinton is agreeing with his wife this morning that the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" gays in the military policy doesn't work.
Hillary Clinton, who is running for the New York Senate, made headlines earlier this week when she said the policy wasn't working.
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[VO-NAT]


The President says it was the best he could do at the time.
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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The recent beating death of a gay soldier prompted the comments by the First Lady and President Clinton.
The policy was intended to make it easier for gays to serve in the military.


[Food-Needy]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-38 1:50:24]
[GRAPHIC=None]


For almost 40 years, General Electric employees have helped the needy during the holiday season all in the spirit of giving.
Joy Sutton has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dann Gardner/GE Employee; :12]
[SUPER=07-Venice Blair; :46]
[SUPER=01-Dick Stanfield/GE Employee; 1:19]
[SUPER=@Joy2; ]
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[OUT Q=js, NEW7.]

(( For the past 15 years the Gardner family has been delivering boxes of food to needy families in the Roanoke Valley during the holiday season.
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((DANN GARDNER:I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY WHOLE FAMILY IS THIS GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP SOME FOLKS WHO REALLY NEED HELP AND THE BOX OF FOOD IS SOMETHING THAT CAN SUSTAIN THE FOLKS THAT GET THIS. THEY USE ALL THE FOOD))
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The Gardners have joined dozens of other General Electric Employees and Retirees and their families in distributing 350 boxes filled with 36-thousand pounds of food to the elderly and less fortunate.
And this holiday gift is something Venice Blair says she definitely needs.
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[SOT 2:47:43]
[IN Q=I don't get out]

((VENICE BLAIR: I DON'T GET OUT BUT ONCE A MONTH AND GO TO THE STORE AND GET A LITTLE BIT OF STUFF, I'M ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND I DON'T GET TOO MUCH OF THAT, PAYING HOSPITAL BILLS AND THINGS))
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Inside the boxes are a variety of non-perishable food items -- and enough food to last for several weeks.
Much of the food was donated by local merchants -or purchased from money given by more than 30 businesses.
This holiday giving is a tradition for General Electric employees - dating back 37 years.
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[SOT2:40:58]
[IN Q=Every year we]

((DICK STANFIELD/GE EMPLOYEE: EVERY YEAR WE TRY TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE COMMUNITY. THE FOLKS HERE ARE VERY BLESSED AS YOU WELL KNOW, AND WE JUST WANT TO HAVE SOME OUTREACH TO FAMILIES AND THE PEOPLE IN THE VALLEY WHO NEED SOME HELP))
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GE employees hope this is one tradition that continues for years to come.
Joy Sutton, News 7.))






[Health-Week]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun am]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=Health check]
[GRAPHIC=health check]


Friends and family are bringing hope to breast cancer patients this Christmas Season -- plus new research in eye surgery focuses on artificial vision. Tonya Flory has more in this week's health check report.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :05]
[SUPER=01-Margaret Harvey/Breast Care Center; :21]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Carey Robinson/Ophthalmologist; 1:02]
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[breast cancer field tape] (( Holiday music, decorations and a big Christmas tree -- all the traditions of the season were present at the first annual Holiday Lights of Hope at the Carilion Breast Care Center. But the best gift these contributors are giving at this event is remembrance and recognition of those diagnosed with breast cancer.
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((MARGARET HARVEY/BREAST CARE CENTER: WE THOUGHT THAT CHRISTMAS IS JUST A WONDERFUL AND WARM TIMES TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED AND WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO BREAST CANCER SO FOR A FIVE DOLLAR DONATION, MANY HAVE DONATED A LIGHT IN HONOR OR MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE.)) [RUNS:17]
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A tree lighting ceremony concluded the celebration. Supporters bought lights on the tree for five dollars a piece and donated the money to the Sunshine Fund for breast cancer patients. [Cornea field tapes] Canadian scientists created the first laboratory grown human cornea. It could replace cornea transplants using donor corneas. Roanoke Ophthalmologist Carey Robinson says this may reverse the decrease in cornea transplants.
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[SOT tc 02:02:42]
[IN Q=The frequency of cornea]

((DR. CAREY ROBINSON/OPHTHALMOLOGIST: THE FREQUENCY OF CORNEA TRANSPLANTS HAS GONE DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE LAST TEN, 12,14 YEARS BECAUSE OF ADVANCES WITH CATARACT SURGERY. CATARACT SURGERY IS MUCH QUICKER NOW, THE HEALING PROCESS IS QUICKER SO THE CORNEA IS NOT ASSAULTED AND DOES NOT HAVE AS MUCH TRAUMA.)) [RUNS:18]
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For now, the manufactured corneas can only be used for medical research. Doctors will need to study them for several years. Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))

[go straight to bump][Sports-Plays]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sports plays]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The two babes were voted the top male and female athletes in the Associated Press' 100 athletes of the century poll.
Babe Ruth was followed by Michael Jordan, Jim Thorpe, Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky and Jim Brown as the top six.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias topped a list of female athletes that included Martina Navratilova, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Billie Jean King

[2-11Economic-Development]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun am]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-44 1:16:34]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sunday Morning]


Governor Gilmore outlined a plan to bring economic prosperity to areas of Virginia that have historically prospered through tobacco. It involves putting Virginia's share of the national tobacco settlement to work.... creating new economic opportunities for Southwest and Southside Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission is responsible for distributing half of the state's share of the settlement.
Gilmore says he'll recommend the commission set aside nearly 70- million dollars.
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./July;]


Of that amount, nearly 53- million would go to colleges and universities located near areas that at one time thrived on tobacco.... but are now suffering as quotas continue to drop.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=My specific]

((MY SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATION INCLUDES NEARLY 10- MILLION DOLLARS TO ESTABLISH A NEW BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER AND NEARLY TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN CONSTRUCTION OF TWO NEW BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES BUILDINGS AT VIRGINIA TECH.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore]
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[OUT Q=at virginia tech.]
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[VO-NAT]


The governor's proposal also includes funds for Longwood College, Radford University and several community colleges.

The governor would also like to set aside money to promote tourism.
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[in q=My]

((MY PLAN WOULD PROVIDE MORE THAN THREE MILLION DOLLARS TO MAKE THE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TO CONSTRUCT A LODGE AND HEMLOCK HAVEN CONFERENCE CENTER IN HUNGRY MOTHER STATE PARK AND 13- MILLION TO DESIGN AND BUILD A NEW FACILITY AT THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY IN MARTINSVILLE.))
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[OUT Q= in martinsville.]
[ANCHOR=Denise]
[SS=None]


The governor's proposals must be approved by the legislature before taking effect.

[Firefighters]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Rescue workers in (Wuss-ter) Worcester, Massachusetts, can rest this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Worcester, MA;]


The last of six victims of a warehouse fire has been recovered.
The fire fighters died while battling the blaze that broke out in an abandoned cold storage warehouse on December third.
The last three bodies were recovered from the rubble yesterday.
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[Philippines-Quake]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=earthquake]


At least two people have died and more than 20 injured when a powerful earthquake shook the Philippines today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Manila, Philippines;]


The quake rocked the Northern Philippines for nearly half a minute, registering a preliminary magnitude of six-point-eight.
Manila's mayor says the low injury count may have been due in part to earthquake drills conducted after a devastating tremblor struck Taiwan in September.
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[11State-Trooper]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-43 1:32:50]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Virginia State trooper is in critical condition... after crashing his patrol car Friday night while pursuing a motorist.
Trooper Daniel Lee Williams was working a checking detail in Cumberland County-- when a driver turned around to avoid the check- point.
Williams was pursuing the vehicle... when, minutes later, he crashed his patrol car.
Rescue personnel say Williams was pinned beneath his car-- which was engulfed in flames.
Before yesterday's tobacco-related news conference -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Governor Gilmore expressed concern for the trooper and his family.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=He has]

((JIM GILMORE: HE HAS A WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN, THE TROOPER AND HIS FAMILY ARE IN OUR PRAYERS TODAY AND WE HOPE THAT HE WILL RECOVER AND THAT HE WILL BE BACK AT DUTY AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE MOMENT BUT WE'RE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT HIM.))


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[OUT Q=about him.]
[ANCHOR=Denise]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Williams, who's from Stephens City, suffered third degree burns.


[581-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun A-M]
[WRITER=nkr]
[TAPE#=99-58 5:58]
[GRAPHIC=accident]


Police are still investigating the cause of an accident that happened in Roanoke last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night]

It happened on 220 south between the Colonial Avenue and Franklin Road exits.
Police found the car propped up on the median with the passenger still inside.
Firefighters removed him using the jaws of life. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Police say the driver of the vehicle was not at the scene. They did find alcohol in the car, but it's not known if it was a factor in the accident.
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[1181-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-41 1:24:12]
[GRAPHIC=81 Accident]


Four people including an infant were sent to the hospital following an accident on Interstate 81.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]


It happened around nine yesterday morning in the northbound lane near the Ironto exit.
State Police say the driver of this suburban was towing another vehicle.
The towed vehicle began to sway -- and the driver hit the brakes causing the suburban to flip on its top.
The accident backed-up traffic for about 3 miles.
All four people in the suburban were treated and released.
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[11Gas-Leak]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-58 5:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A gas leak temporarily closed down a road and two businesses in Roanoke County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


It happened around noon yesterday behind Audiotronics near Tanglewood Mall.
Fire officials say a construction worker was digging when he hit a gas line - causing it to rupture and leak natural gas.
Part of Starkey Road was blocked off for safety reasons.
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[SOT2:54:19]
[IN Q=An outside]

((AN OUTSIDE GAS LEAK CAN BE JUST AS DANGEROUS AS ONE ON THE INSIDE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS TREAT IT AS SERIOUS AS YOU CAN CAUSE IT CAN DEFINITELY BE A PROBLEM IF NOT TREATED PROPERLY))
[SUPER=01-Steve Poff/Roanoke Co. Fire Dept.]
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[OUT Q=in the right way]
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[VO-NAT]


It took about an hour before the road was re-opened.
No one was injured.
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[Wildlife]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Wildlife Rescue]

[anchor tag anchor tag]
The Roanoke Wildlife Rescue has become a refuge for many animals not able to return to their home in the wild.
An area business has helped make one little fox's stay more enjoyable.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dorothy Runion/Roanoke Wildlife Rescue; :16]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Good/Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op; :56]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Phlegar/Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op; 1:02]
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[OUT Q=in the wild]

((
Grayson will never romp in the woods again. Dorothy Runion says to turn him lose would be a death sentence.
Grayson was raised by a woman after his mother was killed and was imprinted, something Dorothy says can't be reversed.
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Now the little fox has a new place to call home. This ribbon cutting is the product of fund raising efforts of the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op.
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Grayson's job at Roanoke Wildlife Rescue includes traveling with Dorothy when she gives educational talks to the public.
His new den will allow him to exercise his now chubby physique. And there are other benefits as well.
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[Anchor=Denise]
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The Roanoke Wildlife Rescue operates on donations and the help of volunteers.


[Sports-Extra]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sports extra #2]
[GRAPHIC=VA Tech/Big East]


Virginia Tech's success on the gridiron has not only benefited the university, but the Big East Conference as well.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Yesterday;]


Yesterday the Big East Coach of the Year and Championship Trophies were awarded to Frank Beamer and the team.
Tech's 11 and oh record not only puts the Hokies in the spotlight but the conference is also getting more attention.
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[SOT 3:26:57]
[IN Q=the way]
[SUPER=01-Jim Weaver/Virginia Tech Athletic Director;]
[RUNS=24]
[OUT Q=top of the ladder]
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[VO-NAT]


And while Tech is the team getting a shot at the national championship the other schools are benefiting from the media fallout.
Weaver says that could mean even better players coming into the conference.
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