[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


It's back to work for America's businesses and its financial community today.
And so far, no sign of any serious Y-2-K problems.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Local government and businesses also appear to be bug free.
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


We started off the day with patchy dense fog...now that fog is burning off under partly sunny skies.
Meanwhile, temperatures will gradually rise into the upper 60s and low 70s by this afternoon...and that could break a few records around here.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[global-y2k]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Y2K]


New Year's celebrations have finally ended, but the Y-2-K watch is not over.
Before that can happen...computers around the world must pass a few more hurdles.
Lisa Hughes has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :10]
[SUPER=03-Frankfurt, Germany; :20]
[SUPER=01-Bruce McConnell/International Y2K Center Dir.; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hughes/Reporting; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]

((For most workers, here and around the world, this is the first day back at the office since the New Year. And so far, there have been few Y2K-related problems. SUPER: New York
SOT: ding! Ding! Ding! (NYSE)

U-S financial markets opened without a hitch. Investors who worried the year 2000 date change might affect post-holiday trading could finally relax. SUPER: Frankfurt, Germany The German index which opened even earlier reached its highest value in history. And although government computers in Hong Kong experienced minor Y2K glitches the market there soared without interruption.
(THERE'S BEEN NO PROBLEM SO FAR)

The U-S banking system spent roughly 9-billion dollars updating computers so they wouldn't misread the year 2000 as 1900. Banks say ATMs are working. Automatic deposits and withdrawls are being recorded without any trouble. One of the only real Y2K glitches in this country came over the weekend. The Pentagon lost track of a spy satellite. But security was never in danger. Aside from minor problems, officials say, its a smooth transition into the new year. SUPER: Bruce McConnell/Intl. Y2K Center Dir. WERE GOING TO KEEP OUR EYES OPEN. WERE GOING TO EXPECT THINGS TO HAPPEN IN BUSINESS SYSTEMS THIS WEEK AND THROUGH THE MONTH BUT I HAVE NO MAJOR CONCERNS AT THIS POINT.
(Hughes Standup)))



[Y2K-Monday]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-50 TC57:36]
[GRAPHIC=Y2K]


New Year's Day came and went with no major Y2K- related problems in our area... but many businesses are still keeping a close eye on their computer systems, just in case.
[Double Boxes=JoeD and Melanie/Newsroom]


Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom this afternoon with more on the situation.
[Live=JoeS Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@joe1]


Melanie, there was some concern that monday might present some problems as businesses reopened after the holiday...
But just as the New Year arrived with few problems, the start of the work week was equally uneventful.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=For software developer]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Zinni/TrueSun Technologies; :08]
[SUPER=01-Andy Beedle/abeedle.com; :29]
[RUNS=:41]
[OUT Q=about March of last year.]

((For software developer Mike Zinni, New Year's approached with little concern for potential Y2K problems.
[SOT 05:51]
[IN Q=I think most applications]

((I THINK MOST APPLICATIONS WERE TESTED BEFOREHAND. AND WHAT WE EXPECTED TO HAPPEN HAPPENED, NOT MUCH.))
[RUNS= :08]
[OUT Q=not much.]


At the New Century Venture Center, the Roanoke Valley's business incubator, several of the 22 tenants are technology companies...
But by the end of 1999, most like andy beedle's internet strategy and design firm were satisfied they were ready.
[SOT 11:42]
[IN Q=I was not terribly concerned]
[RUNS= :14]
[OUT Q=about March of last year.] ))



[Live=Joe Full/Newsroom]
(ad lib)



[Double Boxes=Joe and Melanie/Newsroom]



[E-Y2k-Leftovers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-53 26:36]
[GRAPHIC=hold]


The threat of the Y2K bug led many people in our area to stock-up on food and water.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Bell Hall has been storing canned foods and other non perishable items for more than a month.
In fact, she says she has enough food to feed her family for about two months.
And even though the Y2k bug didn't cause any serious problems -- Hall says she doesn't regret stocking-up.
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[SOT57:16]
[IN Q=I think it is still a good]

((BELL HALL:I THINK IT IS STILL A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE IT STILL COULD HAPPEN YOU NEVER KNOW THIS IS JUST THE 2ND AND ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN AND WE'RE READY FOR WHATEVER))
[SUPER=07-Bell Hall; :00]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=for whatever]
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[VO-NAT]


Hall says if nothing happens -- she'll store the food for a possible winter storm.
Meanwhile officials at the Salvation Army say you can always donate some of your additional food to a charitable organization.
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[SOT52:37]
[IN Q=We do give out]

((CAPTAIN STEPHEN LONG/ROANOKE SALVATION ARMY: WE DO GIVE OUT FOOD ORDERS HERE EVERYDAY OF THE WEEK AND WE ALSO SERVED 70-THOUSAND MEALS LAST YEARS.SO WE'LL PUT THAT FOOD TO GOOD USE.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Stephen Long/Roanoke Salvation Army]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=to good use.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Salvation Army will accept any nonperishable food items.
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[WREV]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-51 TC24:16]
[GRAPHIC=The Internet]


It's all Roanoke, all the time.
And it's all over the world.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


W-R-E-V-Net signed on today.
It's an audio and video broadcast on the Internet.
Its mission is to give anybody with a mouse and a modem access to local personalities and businesses.
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[SOT 1:54:24]
[IN Q=people that]

((DOYLE EDGERTON/REV.NET PRESIDENT: PEOPLE THAT ARE IN LOCATIONS THAT CAN'T RECEIVE ROANOKE RADIO SIGNALS WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE LOCAL CONTENT ... MERCHANTS FROM ROANOKE WILL BE ABLE TO ADVERTISE THEIR WARES.))
[SUPER=01-Doyle Edgerton/Rev.Net President;]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=THEIR WARES]
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[VO-NAT]


W-R-E-V is run by Rev Net, the Internet Service Provider.
Its first webcast featured an interview with Congressman Bob Goodlatte.
W-R-E-V plans to be on the Web 24-hours a day, with local programming.
It's also an e-commerce site-- you'll be able to use the website to shop stores at Tanglewood Mall.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[ANCHOR=HOLD]


Also, you'll soon be able to watch News-7 at six in streaming video.
The newscast will be carried live at W-R-E-V-dot-com.

[Cher]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Another big-name star is coming to the Roanoke Civic Center.
Cher will perform at 7:30 on Wednesday March First.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday at ten a-m.
[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Elizabeth Dole is expected to endorse a former rival today.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News 7 at noon.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=nat gunfire]
[RUNS=:02]
[OUT Q=nat gunfire]
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[VO-NAT ]


And terrorists are chased through the streets of Beirut after attacking the Russian embassy.
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[Talent=Kimberly]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro]
An approaching front will likely bring a few showers our way overnight tonight and tomrorow... But that same system is dumping heavy rain and creating some severe weather out in the Mississippi Valley..
Let's check out the current radar view.... [music up full] [comm1]

[Beirut-embassy]


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


There is no word yet who fired rocket-propelled grenades today at the Russian Embassy in Beirut.
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[IN=]

[6:45:06]
[SUPER=03-Beirut, Lebanon;]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT=NATS Gunfire]
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[VO-NAT]


Lebanese army troops stormed the building after unidentified gunmen launched the attack.
One policeman and one attacker were killed.
Other assailants were pursued through the streets.
The attack may have been reaction to Russia's war on Muslim rebels in Chechnya.
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[mideast-talks]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Mideast Peace Talks]


Israel and Syria began a new round of peace talks this morning 70 miles west of Washington -- in West Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Golan Heights, Israel;]

[3:06:20]
Both countries are eager to end years of hostility.
Syria wants back the Golan Heights.... land Israel captured in 19-67.
For Israelis the Golan is about wide open spaces and irreplaceable sources of good water... and fine wine.
At the vineyard they're worried it's going to be a very bad year.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
((ADAM MONTEFIORE/GOLAN HEIGHTS WINERY SOT: IT WILL BE HEARTBREAKING TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING FOR A BIT OF PAPER))
[SUPER=01-Adam Montefiore/Golan Heights Winery;]
[RUNS=:03]
[OUT Q=for a bit of paper.]
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[VO-NAT]


President Clinton will be on hand as Israel and Syria try to hammer out a deal.
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[spree-killer]


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


A spree killer wanted in three states for three murders was arraigned this morning in Tennessee.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Union City, TN;]

[3:13:46]
Steven Ray Thacker was captured last night near Dyersburg, Tennessee.
His killing spree began last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma when police say he killed a woman who had placed an ad to sell a pool table.
On Saturday police say he killed a Missouri man and stole his vehicle.
Authorities say he then went to this convenience store in Tennessee and asked the clerk to call him a tow truck.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[3:14:16]
[IN Q=]

((MELISSA ATKENSON, STORE CLERK; HE CONVERSATED ABOUT HIS....AND HE WAS REALLY DEPRESSED ABOUT THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Melissa Atkenson/Store Clerk]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=ABOUT THAT.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police say he then killed the tow truck driver and took off in the truck with the other stolen vehicle attached to it.
Thacker was captured a short time later at a motel.
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[Dole-bush]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


One time Republican presidential hopeful Elizabeth Dole is about to throw her support behind George W. Bush.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

[3:20:04]
Republican sources say Dole will endorse Bush tomorrow in New Hampshire.
There's also word she'll make several campaign appearances for the Texas governor in Iowa.
That state holds its caucuses later this month.
Dole abandoned her presidential aspirations in October, citing a lack of campaign money.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on News-7 at Noon, Patrick Evans will show us some of the sights and sounds of New Orleans.
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[VO-NAT ]


And we'll say goodbye to the Peanuts gang.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[Napoleon-House]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-39 TC1:56:11]
[GRAPHIC=Sugar Bowl]


Thousands of Hokie faithful are in New Orleans for tomorrow's big game.
Patrick Evans is there also, with a taste of some of the unique places to visit.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=As good as the food]
[SUPER=152-New Orleans, LA; :00]
[SUPER=151-Patrick Evans; :08]
[SUPER=150-Sal Impestato/Napoleon House Owner; :26]
[RUNS=1:54]
[OUT Q=PE, News 7]




[peanuts-goodbye]


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


It's been a good run, Charlie Brown.
Today's morning newspaper contained the last DAILY Peanuts strip.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[8:12:04]
Cartoonist Charles Schulz is retiring after nearly 50 years to focus on his family and health after being treated for colon cancer.
Today's strip shows Snoopy perched atop his dog house and reading a message from Schulz to his fans.
The final weekend Peanuts strip will run in February.
After that newspapers will republish the old favorites.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 140 points. [tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, three N-F-L teams are looking for new coaches,
(----------------)
[VO-NAT ]

and we'll check in on the Hokies in the Big Easy as they get set for tomorrow night's championship game. More on that story, next.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]



[Coaches]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=NFL]


The last week of the N-F-L season has brought out the dismissal papers from two teams and a letter of resignation.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NFL]


The Green Bay Packers have fired head coach Ray Rhodes.
Rhodes finished the season with an 8 and 8 record and failed to take the Pack to the playoffs for the first time in 7 years.
Joining Rhodes is New England Patriots head coach Pete Carroll.
The Patriots have lost six of their last eight, finishing the season 8 and 8.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:17:55]
[IN Q=This is a business of]
[SUPER=01-Bob Kraft/Patriots Owner;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=need a momentum change.]
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[VO-NAT]


And New York Jets head coach Bill Parcells is stepping down.
The Jets also finished the season with the unlucky 8 and 8 record.
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[S-Skins]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-52 (1:06:42)]
[GRAPHIC=SKINS/DOLPHINS]


The Washington Redskins ended the regular season with a 21 to 10 win over Miami.
Despite the loss, the Dolphins are headed to the playoffs.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Landover, MD/CBS Sports; :]


Norv Turner got another shower from his players.
Washsington started the day when Skip Hicks takes the handoff from Brad Johnson and scores on the 8 yard run to make it 7 to nothing Redskins.
The Skins led 7 to 3 at the break.
Then Rodney Peete replaced Johnson in the starting lineup.
He hits Irving Fryer on this 30 yard touchdown pass play to make it 14 to 3 Redskins.
[SUPER=30-Washington/21/Miami/10/;]


Washington tacked on this Rodney Peete four yard T-D pass to Larry Centers and the Redskins beat the Dolphins 21 to 10.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=SP-55]
[GRAPHIC=Sugar Bowl]


Tomorrow is a big day for Tech football, but there was a lot going on for the Hokies over the weekend.
Mike Stevens checks in from New Orleans.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q="first audio...]
[SUPER=153-New Orleans, LA/Yesterday; :00]
[SUPER=150-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :19]
[SUPER=150-Jim Pyne/Former Tech All American; :56]
[SUPER=150-Bobby Bowden/FSU Head Coach; 1:22]
[SUPER=151-Mike Stevens; 1:47]
[RUNS=1:58]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports.]
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[WIPE TO FULL SCREEN]
The News 7 Sports team will present a full hour of special, live coverage before the big game.
Tune in to your Hometown Station tomorrow night from seven to eight. (-------------)