[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


Authorities are apologizing to the families of Columbine shooting victims for the release of disturbing videotapes made by the shooters.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the U-S Postal Service is starting to feel the holiday pinch...with cards, letters, and on- line shopping deliveries.
(///// SOT /////)
[ANCHOR=Andrew]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Wake up with us--News 7 Mornin is next.

[Columbine-Tapes]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=School Shooting]


Colorado authorities are apologizing for giving "Time" Magazine the first look at the videotapes made by the Columbine High School killers.
Victim's families feel the release was a betrayal, although many of them have now seen the footage.
Rick Sallinger has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :06]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Holverson/Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Rick Sallinger/Reporting; 1:57]
[RUNS=2:12]
[OUT Q=Rick Sallinger for CBS News, Denver.]



[Mail-Delivery]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Postal Service]


Postal Service employees are recovering from the busiest mail day of the year... but they say it's just the beginning.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


More than 700-thousand pieces of mail were sorted, stacked, and tossed into piles yesterday-- three times the normal amount.
And it's more then just letters being placed in the mail, this years on line shopping craze is adding some weight to mail bags.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:33:10]
[IN Q=We're seeing]

((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POSTMASTER: WE'RE SEEING AND I'M TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS JUST HERE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY OF ADDITIONAL PARCELS COMING THROUGH.))
[SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=parcels coming through.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


December 20th is the deadline to make sure your letters and packages arrive on time for Christmas.
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[Danville-Mgr]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Danville's City Council says it will name a new City Manager tomorrow.
The city conducted a five-month nationwide search to fill the job.
Sources say the finalist is a former city manager from Virginia who works in the southeast-
But Council members say they're keeping his identity under wraps until he breaks the news to his current employer.

He'll replace former manager Ray Griffin, who was ousted in July.

[E-Fire-Chief]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-46 TC38:30]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg Seal]


19 people hope to become the next fire chief for the city of Lynchburg.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape]


The position opened up when current chief Fred Mills announced he was stepping down to spend more time with his family.
Mills will return to the position of battalion chief within the department.
A nationwide search for his replacement was undertaken, with yesterday as the deadline for applications.
The city hopes to have a new chief on board by the spring.
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[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, highlights from last night's high school hoops action, and Frank Beamer picks up another award.
Denise Allen has more.
Good Morning Denise.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=1:57]
[OUT Q=little bit]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly ad lib toss to andrew/Wx)



[One-Steve]


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


[Small Studio]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=07-Richard Kiser;]



(toss to stocks)

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

[E-Salem-Tannery]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-43 TC1:34:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It cost 356-thousand dollars clean up the old tannery site in Salem.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


In the mid- to late 70's several different companies used the 16-acre site as a reclamation site for used batteries.
This man salvaged lead for Hercules, New Jersey Zinc and Mohawk Rubber.
The E-P-A says the soil became contaminated by lead as batteries were busted open on the ground.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:59:55]
[IN Q=This side goes]

((THIS SIDE GOES BACK TO THE MAIN RAILROAD TRACK. ...IT GOES BACK TO THE RIVER.))
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=to the river.]
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[VO-NAT]


The government has reached agreement with Yokohama- -Mohawk's successor- -Viacom- -successor to Jersey Zinc- -and Hercules to pay for the clean up.
(------------)



[Medicaid-Reimbursement]


[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[NEWSCAST=MORNIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Medicaid]


A legislative watchdog agency says Virginia should change the way it distributes Medicaid funds to state nursing homes.
Virginia's average Medicaid reimbursement rate of 78-dollars a day is well below the U-S average of nearly 99- dollars a day.
But Governor Gilmore plans to include 20- million dollars in the next budget to increase reimbursements to 85 dollars a day.
Despite that proposal, the nursing home industry is seeking another 104-million dollars a year.

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, the government says more treatment is needed for mental health problems.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((A DISTURBING NEW REPORT SUGGESTS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE NOT GETTING HELP FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS. THE REASONS...SHAME, COST OR BOTH.
VT=VO

THAT AT LEAST IS THE CONCLUSION OF A FIRST OF ITS KIND STUDY BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT FOUND THAT ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS SUFFERS FROM A BROAD RANGE OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS. AND OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESSES, NEARLY HALF DON'T SEEK TREATMENT. MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES HOPE THE REPORT WILL CREATE MORE EQUITY IN INSURANCE COVERAGE AND ACCESS.
VT=VO

((vo)) A NEW CHEMOTHERAPY DRUG SHOWS PROMISE IN TREATING WOMEN WITH ADVANCED BREAST CANCER. IT'S CALLED TAXOTERE (TAX-O-TEAR). TRIALS SHOW THAT WHEN TAKEN IN ADDITION TO STANDARD CHEMOTHERAPY AND BEFORE SURGERY IT IS MORE BENEFICIAL THAN CONVENTIONAL CHEMOTHERAPY ALONE. RESULTS OF THE STUDY ON MORE THAN 160 WOMEN WERE RELEASED AT THE SAN ANTONIO BREAST CANCER SYMPOSIUM.
VT=VO

((vo)) RESEARCHERS IN GERMANY SAY HYPERICUM.... AN EXTRACT FOUND IN ST. JOHN'S WORT, IS SAFER IN TREATING PATIENTS WITH MODERATE DEPRESSION THAN THE DRUG IMIPRAMINE. DOCTORS STUDIED MORE THAN 263 PATIENTS UNDERGOING TREATMENT FOR MODERATE DEPRESSION AND FOUND THAT THOSE TAKING ST. JOHN'S WORT ALSO SUFFERED FEWER SIDE EFFECTS. BUT THE RESEARCHERS SAY THE PREFERENCE OF SOME PHYSICIANS TO USE CHEMICALLY DEFINED ANTI-DEPRESSANTS MAY LIMIT THE USE OF SAINT JOHN'S WORT.
ONCAM=MIKA

((on cam)) AND THAT'S A LOOK AT THE DAY IN HEALTH. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

(ad lib to weather)


[Two-Steve]


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


[Small Studio]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=07-Richard Kiser;]



[Double Boxes=AFR & SPA]
(toss to Andrew)

[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Kmc/AFR]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


22- years after President Jimmy Carter signed the treaties, the Panama Canal will be handed over to Panama during ceremonies later today.
The Canal has been under U-S control for nearly a century.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Company re-structuring will send 130 Allstate employees out pounding the pavement for new jobs.
But the company says it'll hire 300 new workers next year.
Allstate announced a company-wide reorganization last month.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


And for the thousands of laid- off textile workers in Henry County, the holiday season is extra stressful.
But their friends and neighbors are working to make sure they DON'T go without Christmas gifts this year.
The city, county and local charities are pitching in with bikes and toys for the families of laid off workers.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, December 14th .
[ANCHOR=Andrew]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[Canal-Handover]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


After nearly a century of U-S control, one of the world's architectural wonders will be handed over to its host country.
During ceremonies today, the Panama Canal will be given to Panama.
Terisa Estacio reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=With great care]
[SUPER=03-Panama City, Panama; :00]
[SUPER=01-Manual Perez/Businessman; :20]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Richard Long/U. S. Citizen; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=Terisa Estacio, CBS news, Panama City.]

(((CG; Mira Flores Lock/Panama City; ) WITH GREAT CARE, WORKERS SUCCESSFUL GUIDE A SHIP THROUGH THE NARROW STRAIGHT OF THE PANAMA CANAL. CONSIDERED ONE OF AMERICANS GREATEST FEATS. WHEN COMPLETED THE CANAL MADE HISTORY. NOW WITH THE PASSING OF TIME, A NEW ERA PROMISES ITS OWN HEADLINES.
(SOT, Manual Perez/Panamanian Businessman)
(incue: Panama is ready for its own sovereignty)

AFTER 85 YEARS OF DICTATING POLICY THE US GOVERNMENT WILL WALK AWAY, LEAVING PANAMA IN COMPLETE CONTROL. IT TOOK AMERICAN FORCES TEN YEARS TO BUILD THE 50 MILE LONG CANAL. THOUSANDS DIED FROM FEVERS. COSTS SOARED TO A THEN STAGGERING 352 MILLION. BUT WHEN COMPLETED IN 1914, IT CUT TRANSPORTATION TIME THAT USED TO TAKE WEEKS DOWN TO ONLY 10 HOURS.
(TAKE NATS OF MONEY PASSING HANDS )

MANY HERE IN PANAMA CITY EMBRACE THE CHANGE.
(SOT, NO NAME, SHOPKEEPER)
(INCUE: IT WILL HELP BUSINESS )
(TAKE SOT/STANDUP TERISA ESTACIO )
(INCUE: AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CENTURY THIS WAS CUTTING EDGE

TECHNOLOGY. NOW, NEARLY A 100 YEARS LATER THE CANAL.. AS YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELF IS STILL VERY MUCH IN USE. HOWEVER, NOW THE PANAMANIAN GOVERNMENT WILL BE IN CHARGE INSTEAD OF AMERICANS.) MANAGING THE CANAL COMES WITH A HEFTY PRICE TAG. OLD MACHINERY AND DREDGING DEBRIS POSE FINANCIAL HEADACHES. BUT PANAMANIAN OFFICIALS SAY THEY CAN MEET THE CHALLENGE AND MAKE MONEY. THIS AMERICAN TOURIST AGREES.
(SOT, RICHARD LONG/US CITIZEN)
(INCUE: I THINK THEY WILL DO A VERY GOOD JOB )

A 1977 TREATY MADE THIS TRANSITION A REALITY. FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER WHO HELPED ORCHESTRATE THE PACT WILL ATTEND A SPECIAL CEREMONY TODAY. TERISA ESTACIO, CBS NEWS, PANAMA CITY.))

[S-Allstate]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-39 1:30:20]
[GRAPHIC=Allstate Reorganizing]


130 Allstate employees will be job-hunting because of the company's restructuring.
But the company says it'll hire 300 new workers next year.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./November]


Allstate announced a company-wide reorganization last month.
At the time, Allstate said nobody in Roanoke would get laid off.
But the company is sending one department's work to California.
An official says about half the workers in the department will get new jobs in Roanoke... and that the remaining workers either didn't want a different job or didn't qualify for one.
(------------)



[M'ville-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex Chpt. 11]


Meanwhile many have wondered if massive layoffs at Tultex would mean higher taxes and fees in Martinsville this year.
City officials say not THIS year.
But after that, it's up in the air.
Tultex's cutbacks will deal a blow- an impact report released by the city yesterday says Tultex accounts for half the city's water and sewage revenue.
The company is cutting its use by 35 percent.
That COULD mean a rate increase for residents next year.
Tultex also owes nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in taxes.
If that's NOT paid, officials expect to fall back on un-spent money in the school and city funds.

[E-Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-50 46:26]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Thousands of textile workers in Henry County are entering the holiday season without jobs.
But their friends and neighbors are working to make sure they DON'T go without a Christmas holiday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]


The city, county and local charities are pitching in with more than 600 bikes and thousands of toys to help families of laid off workers.
Former workers at Tultex, Pluma and Ashworth can pick up toys and food for the holidays at The Salvation Army's Toy Store.
The Salvation Army is even helping some families with their bills.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 4:36:36 - :51]
[IN Q=We're having to pay]

((LT. ERIK NICKELL/SALVATION ARMY: WE'RE HAVING TO PAY ELECTRIC BILLS, MORTGAGES AND WE REALLY DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. WE WANT TO GET THESE PEOPLE BACK ON THEIR FEET, WE DON'T JUST WANT TO PAY THEIR BILLS...WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A HARD TIME PAYING THAT MANY BILLS, SO WE NEED THEM TO FIND SOME JOBS.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Erik Nickell/Salvation Army;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=find some jobs.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The Salvation Army expects to provide toys for as many as two-thousand kids in the area.
The Toy Store will be open for parents Tuesday through Thursday of next week at the Dutch Inn Plaza in Collinsville.
(------------)



[Swartz]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A man serving a life sentence for a Rockbridge County murder died after a weekend fight with another inmate.
48- year- old John Stephen Swartz was taken to the Sussex One state prison infirmary after the incident Saturday night.
Swartz died about an hour later.
An autopsy was scheduled.
Corrections officials say the investigation is ongoing, and didn't release the name of the other inmate involved.


[E-Hawkins]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-38 1:54:46]
[GRAPHIC=Legal scales]


A Campbell County deputy who was nearly killed in the line of duty says he feels cheated by the same legal system he's sworn to uphold.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


A judge yesterday ruled 23-year old Allen Hawkins was criminally insane the day he stabbed Deputy Rodney Thompson.
Three psychologists back up that claim, which will allow Hawkins to avoid serving time in prison.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 22:43:48]
[IN Q=You can't just]

((JOE SANZONE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: YOU CAN'T JUST PUNISH PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU FEEL THAT THAT'S APPROPRIATE. BUT THE LAW MAKES JUDGEMENTS AND DETERMINES FOR PEOPLE, AND IN HIS CASE, HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS MENTAL ILLNESS FOR MANY YEARS IN THE FUTURE.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Sanzone/Defense Attorney]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=in the future.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


But Thompson and his family say Hawkins' legal connections helped him in court yesterday.
Hawkins is the son of Lynchburg attorney David Hawkins.
(------------)



[S-DeMoranville]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-48 28:44]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The alleged plot to kill a Montgomery County judge has thickened.
Investigators believe the two men charged were preparing to kill two more people.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/November 22;]


On Friday, a grand jury indicted Christopher (Dee-more-ann-ville) DeMoranville for allegedly plotting to kill his parents.
DeMoranville was already in custody for allegedly trying to hire Derick Chapman to kill Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs.
No one was injured.
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/September 18;]


Chapman was also indicted by the same grand jury last week.
Authorities say Chapman was planning to shoot Judge Grubbs in the head.
Both men remain behind bars.
(------------)



[Three-Steve]


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


[Small Studio]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=07-Richard Kiser;]



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



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]
(ad lib toss to bump)

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: gospel music))

[Post-Office]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-41 TC1:27:56]
[GRAPHIC=US Postal Svc]


Yesterday was the busiest mail day of the year and with on line shopping sales at a record high, holiday mail bags are a little heavier this year.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=this is Sally]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sally Johnson/Mail Clerk; :10]
[SUPER=01-Pat King/Customer; :19]
[SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster; :37]
[SUPER=@Kate1; 1:06]
[RUNS=1:18]
[OUT Q=we pay for.]

((This is Sally Johnson's first holiday working in the mail room -- she says it was a little overwhelming seeing the mail pile up.
[SOT 3:57:38 #1]
[INQ=]

((SALLY JOHNSON/MAIL CLERK: THE MACHINE HAS BEEN RUNNING ALMOST 45 MINUTES. KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: IS THAT A LOT? SALLY JOHSON: YES.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 5]

Pat King stopped by the post office to drop off 45 holiday cards.
[SOT 4:34:23]
[INQ=]

((PAT KING/CUSTOMER: I WORKED ON THEM 2 NIGHTS AND ON THE WAY TO SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE AND A PARTY IN THE DARK.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 7]

Over 700-thousand pieces of holiday mail were sorted, stacked, and tossed into piles. [99-48 26:55] The large number is due part to this year's craze for shopping on line.
[SOT 3:33:10]
[INQ=]

((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POST MASTER: WE'RE SEEING AND I'M TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS JUST HERE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY OF ADDITIONAL PARCELS COMING THROUGH.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 8]

On conveyer belts you could see boxes with labels like Barnes and Noble dot com and Amazon dot com. The trend is not only leaving businesses happy but the post office is also seeing additional revenue. Meanwhile as the letters and cards continue to slide through the mail slots workers are reminded of the United States postal service promise.
[SOT 3:48:41]
[INQ=]

((MICHEAL VIERS/MAIL HANDLER: WE DELIVER. THAT'S WHAT WE PAY FOR.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 3]

[STANDUP]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: AND TO MAKE SURE YOUR LETTERS AND PACKAGES ARRIVE ON OR BEFORE CHRISTMAS MAKE SURE YOU MAIL THEM BEFORE DECEMBER 20TH.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS=]))



[Monty-Prosecutor]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Election 99]


It's official.
Joey (show-walter) Showalter will become Montgomery County's next prosecutor.
Showalter beat incumbent Phil Keith by just 50- votes in the November election.
Keith then petitioned the court for a recount.
Yesterday-- the votes were counted again with the same outcome.

[E-Torgersen]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-42 1:42:04]
[GRAPHIC=Torgersen Stepping Down]


He's a college professor who's also a president.
That's the way Paul Torgersen has described himself for the past six years.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


But in less than three weeks-- Virginia Tech's 14th president will retire.
Torgersen has served as president since 1994 and while he says it's been an interesting and rewarding job it's also been tiring.
Torgersen typically works seven days a week to get the job done-- because he also teaches in the engineering department.
As far as his replacement-- Torgersen says Charles (stee-ger) Steiger was an excellent choice.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We both]

((PAUL TORGERSEN/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: WE BOTH COME FROM A BACKGROUND OF WORKING WITH FACULTY AND I THINK THAT WILL BE AN ASSET IN IS CASE AS IT WAS IN MINE, I THINK CHARLES IS GOING TO BE A GREAT PRESIDENT.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Virginia Tech President; :00]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=great president.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


After he retires at the end of the year, Torgersen will continue teaching at Tech.
As far as slowing down-- Torgersen says he plans to play a lot more tennis.
(------------)



[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, Denise Allen has N-H-L highlights and an N-B-A coach steps down early in the pro hoops season.
Good Morning Denise.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=2:19]
[OUT Q=good day]



[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(weather toss)


[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Afr]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


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


The postal service is recovering from its busiest day of the year.
Over 700-thousand pieces of mail were sorted, stacked, and tossed into piles -- that's three times the normal amount.
December 20th is the deadline to make sure your letters and packages arrive on time for Christmas.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


130 Allstate employees are going to be job-hunting because of the company's restructuring.
But the company says it'll hire 300 new workers next year.
Allstate announced a company-wide reorganization last month.
At the time, Allstate said nobody in Roanoke would get laid off.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Thousands of textile workers in Henry County are entering the holiday season without jobs.
But their friends and neighbors are working to make sure they DON'T go without a Christmas holiday.
The city, county and local charities are pitching in with more than 600 bikes and thousands of toys.
Former workers at Tultex, Pluma and Ashworth can pick up toys and food for the holidays at The Salvation Army's Toy Store.
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Andrew]
(andrew mic hot)
(///////////////)
(Andrew ad lib weather)
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[Double Boxes=Kimberly/andrew and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)
[Double Boxes=Kimberly/Andrew and Steve]

(ad lib bye)