[7-11Shooting]

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Franklin County officials are investigating the events leading up to a shooting that happened yesterday morning.
Investigators say 26- year old Cletis Roberts, Junior of Bath County was shot in the torso after breaking into a house where his estranged wife, Katherine, was staying.
It happened on Hopkins Road, around two A-M.
The homeowner, 38- year old Arthur Simpson has been charged with firing the fatal shot.
Katherine Roberts' father has also been charged in connection with the crime.
Harold Nelson is accused of breaking into the house with his son-in-law and is also charged with the malicious wounding of his daughter.



[7-11First-Night]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-56 11:24]
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People across the world are gearing up for new years celebrations. Here, people are preparing for a New Year's Eve Celebration that has been a tradition for the past 9 years.
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[VO-NAT tape 98-96]
[SUPER=04-Last Year]


And organizers of this years First Night say the celebration should be even better then last year.
First Night is a celebration of the lively arts --with a variety of activities for the entire family.
And organizers say this New Year's celebration promises to be even more exciting-- with the ringing in of the year two-thousand.
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[SOT 4:53 first night tape]
[IN Q=We have]

((WENDI SCHULTZ/FIRST NIGHT ROANOKE: WE HAVE AN ALCOHOL FREE CHAMPAGNE TOAST A MIDNIGHT. WE'LL HAVE DANCING IN THE STREET TILL ONE, BANDS. IT WILL BE A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION AND THEN OF COURSE FIREWORKS AT MIDNIGHT))
[SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/First Night Director]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=at midnight]
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[VO-NAT]


First Night is an alcohol free event. [TAKE PINNACLE FULL SCREEN 8700ESSC]
Advanced admission is 7 dollars for adults and 3 dollars for children.
The price goes up to 9 dollars at the door.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Admission buttons are available at WDBJ and at various locations throughout the Valley.


[7-11Kwanzaa]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-45 1:13:17]
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Christmas is over and Kwaanza has begun.
Over the next week, more than 20 million people will celebrate the holiday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


At St. Gerard's Church in Roanoke dozens gathered yesterday to kick-off the first day of this 7 day celebration.
Kwanzaa is Swahili and is based on seven laws designed to help live a righteous life.
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[SOT2:23:42]
[IN Q=These principles]

((ROMA WILLIS-TURNER/KWANZAA COORDINATOR: THESE PRINCIPLES SEEM LIKE THE BEST FOR ME TO BE BLESSED. SO THAT'S WHY KWANZAA MEANS TO ME FIRST A BLESSING, FRUIT, HOLY FAMILY. AND TODAY I HOLY FAMILY IT'S UNITY IT'S KWANZAA))
[SUPER=01-Roma Willis-Turner/Kwanzaa Coordinator]
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[OUT Q=it's Kwanzaa]
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[VO-NAT]


The celebration not only included singing and dancing but remembering ancestors and preparing for a prosperous new year.
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[7-11Xmas-Returns]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-44 1:38:22]
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If you're looking for a bargain, now is the time to hit the stores.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Retailers at Tanglewood Mall and across the country hope large discounts will the clear shelves.
For some stores after Christmas sales are lucrative and offsets sometimes disappointing sales before the holidays.


Analysts say last year shoppers did 11 percent of their buying AFTER Christmas.
And, a national survey finds nearly half of Americans return between one and ten holiday gifts each year.
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[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your Monday forecast.
Partly sunny today with clouds developing this afternoon.
Highs in the low to mid 30s.
Tonight cloudy and cold with a chance of snow flurries.
Lows fall into the 20s.
The extended forecast...
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[45-11Y2-K]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-41 1:40:16]
[GRAPHIC=Battling the Bug]


The new year is drawing near and the American Red Cross says be prepared just in case there are any Y-2-K related problems.
Joy Sutton reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=American Electric Power]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/September 9;:00]
[SUPER=07-Jack Eanes;:22]
[SUPER=07-George Jamison;;30]
[SUPER=01-Izzy Menchero/American Red Cross;:51]
[SUPER=@Joy2; 1:28]
[RUNS=2:05]
[OUT Q=js n7]

(( American Electric Power is just one of many local companies that has tested its system this year to make sure it's Y2-K compliant.
While tests have shown the company is in good shape -- No one knows for sure what will happen when the year 2-thousand begins.
Some residents say they're doing little to prepare for potential problems.
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[SOT 02:09:59]
[IN Q=I just don't believe]

((JACK EANES: I DON'T BELIEVE ALL THIS STUFF THAT'S BEEN GOING AROUND I JUST THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER NEW YEARS.))
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[OUT Q=new years]
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[SOT 2:12:08]
[IN Q=No stocking up]

((GEORGE JAMISON: NO STOCKING UP, NO EXTRA FOOD, NO EXTRA WATER. HOPEFULLY EVERYTHING WILL WORK THE WAY IT SHOULD. And if it doesn't.WELL EVERYBODY ELSE IS GOING TO BE IN THE SAME BOAT))
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[OUT Q=in the same boat]


But the American Red Cross says it's important to be prepared just in case.
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[SOT :40]
[IN Q=We tell the public]

((IZZY MENCHERO/AMERICAN RED CROSS:WE TELL THE PUBLIC TREAT AS A SNOW STORM, AND ICE STORM THAT IS COMING THAT MIGHT INTERRUPT SERVICES THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE TO STAY HOME FOR TWO TO THREE DAYS.))
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[OUT Q=three]


The American Red Cross is urging people to stock up on additional water -- at least one gallon per person per day -- and to have plenty of canned food on hand.
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[SOT2:48]
[IN Q=Flash lights]

((IZZY MENCHERO: FLASHLIGHTS, PLENTY OF BATTERIES AGAIN WE DO NOT RECOMMEND PEOPLE TO USE CANDLES FOR LIGHTING. WE RECOMMENDED A BATTERY OPERATED RADIO TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE NEWS. CELL PHONE WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE JUST IN CASE THE TELEPHONE SERVICE GETS INTERRUPTED))
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[OUT Q=gets interupted]


And if you are on medication it's recommended that you have at least a weeks supply on hand.
The American Red Cross in Roanoke will be staffed 24 hours starting New Years eve to assist with any problems.
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[SOT 4:21]
[IN Q=We will be staffed]

((IZZY MENCHERO: WE WILL BE IN CONTACT WITH THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS GOING SMOOTHLY AND IF WE HAVE ANY EMERGENCY THAT WILL HAVE A LARGE IMPACT WE WILL BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM AND SEEK HELP IF IT'S NECESSARY))
[RUNS= 14]
[OUT Q=if it's neccesary]


Menchero says its better to stock-up and be safe rather than sorry come January 1st.
Joy Sutton, News 7.))





















[45-11Xmas-Returns]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-44 1:38:22]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas]


Area shopping malls will be full of bargain hunters this week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Retailers at Tanglewood Mall and across the country hope large discounts will the clear shelves.
For some stores the post Christmas frenzy is lucrative and offsets sometimes disappointing sales before the holidays.
Analysts say last year shoppers did 11 percent of their buying AFTER Christmas.
And, a national survey finds nearly half of Americans return between one and ten holiday gifts each year.
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[45Weather]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Let's take a break from the news now to check weather..
Partly sunny, chilly, and windy today with highs in the low to mid 30s.
Becoming cloudy overnight with a chance of light snow showers.
Lows in the low to mid 20s.
The five day forecast doesn't warm up until around Friday....with highs in the 30s and 40s this week.


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[8-VA-Surplus]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Economy]


Local governments say they should get a piece of the state's three-point-four billion dollar budget surplus.
They say not enough attention is being paid to public education.
Recently, a legislative committee endorsed a proposal to increase school funding that would have cost the state an estimated one-point-two billion dollars.
Many localities believe that the funding is money the state should be spending anyway.
Virginia rates 43-rd in the country in state contributions to public education and last in the Southeast.






[8-11Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=nkr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=shooting]


The day after Christmas turned violent at a Franklin county home.
Investigators say 26- year old Cletis Roberts, Junior of Bath County was shot in the torso after breaking into a house where his estranged wife, Katherine, was staying.
It happened on Hopkins Road, around two A-M yesterday.
The homeowner, 38- year old Arthur Simpson has been charged with firing the fatal shot.
Katherine Roberts' father has also been charged in connection with the crime.
Harold Nelson is accused of breaking into the house with his son-in-law and is also charged with the malicious wounding of his daughter.



[8-Y2K]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Battling the Bug]


Just as in times of inclimate weather, the American Red Cross says it'll be around to help during Y-2-K.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


American Electric Power is one local company that has tested for for computer glitches.
While tests have shown the company is in good shape, no one knows for sure what the new year will bring.
The Red Cross says its important to be prepared just in case.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We will be]
[SUPER=01-Izzy Menchero/American Red Cross;]

((IZZY MENCHERO: WE TELL THE PUBLIC TO TREAT IT AS A SNOW STORM, AND ICE STORM THAT IS COMING THAT MIGHT INTERRUPT SERVICES THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE TO STAY HOME FOR TWO OR THREE DAYS.))
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[OUT Q=it's necessary]
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[VO-NAT]


The Red Cross is urging people to stock up on water and canned food.
They also recommend people on prescription medicine to have at least a weeks supply on hand.
Roanoke's Red Cross will have twenty four hour staffing to assist residents if there are any problems.
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[8-11Kwanzaa]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-45 1:13:17]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Christmas is over-- but more than 20- million people are still celebrating.
Kwaanza festivities began yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


At St. Gerard's Church in Roanoke dozens gathered yesterday to kick-off the first day of this 7 day celebration.
Kwanzaa is Swahili and is based on seven laws designed to help live a righteous life.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT2:23:42]
[IN Q=These principles]

((ROMA WILLIS-TURNER/KWANZAA COORDINATOR: THESE PRINCIPLES SEEM LIKE THE BEST FOR ME TO BE BLESSED. SO THAT'S WHY KWANZAA MEANS TO ME FIRST A BLESSING, FRUIT, HOLY FAMILY. AND TODAY I HOLY FAMILY IT'S UNITY IT'S KWANZAA))
[SUPER=01-Roma Willis-Turner/Kwanzaa Coordinator]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=it's Kwanzaa]
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[VO-NAT]


The celebration not only included singing and dancing but remembering ancestors and preparing for a prosperous new year.
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[8Weather]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=]
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Let's take one more look at the forecast before wrapping up this morning...
Partly sunny and chilly today...with clouds moving in this afternoon.
Highs of 30 to 35.
Cloudy and cold tonight, with a chance of light snow.
Lows in the lower 20s.
Looking ahead---The five day forecast doesn't warm up until around Friday....with highs in the 30s and 40s this

week.


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