[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


The government makes a final decision about the abortion pill, R-U- 486.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And there's a bank branch purchase in Roanoke..
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[TALENT=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.



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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
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[VO-NAT]


The government gives the go- ahead for a pill as an alternative to abortion procedures.



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[RU-486]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Abortion]


Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the usage of the abortion pill, R-U 486
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The decision is a victory for abortion-rights supporters who have battled for 12 years to bring the early-abortion method to the United States.
The method an be used only in the earliest days of pregnancy.
It's been used by millions of women in 13 countries.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The F-D-A declared the drug safe and effective in 19-96.
But final approval was delayed because of problems passing labeling and manufacturing requirements.[Stanley-Pollut

ion]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-32]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Stanley Furniture has decided to settle an air pollution complaint brought by the federal government.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./July, 1999]


The Environmental Protection Agency says the company has agreed to pay a 57-thousand dollar penalty for illegal emissions from its Stanleytown factory.
The firm will also spend about 237-thousand dollars to install new equipment on its furniture refinishing line.
Under terms of the agreement, Stanley neither admits nor denies it violated the Clean Air Act.
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[Valley-Bank]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Banking]


Could Valley Bank create a more perfect First Union?
Roanoke-based Valley Bank is buying the First Union bank branch on Hershberger Road.
In June, First Union announced it would close 80 branches and terminate 600 employees by December.
The purchase of this branch is the first confirmed sale of the 80 scheduled for closure.


[Overstreet-Funeral]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-37 TC31:01]
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Nearly one-thousand people remembered Danny Overstreet at his funeral last night. He died Friday night after being gunned down at Roanoke's Backstreet Cafe. Meredyth Censullo has more.
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[IN Q=Music...]
[SUPER=03-Vinton; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kathy Caldwell/Shooting Victim; :52]
[SUPER=01-Paul Holt/Overstreet's Friend; 1:12]
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[OUT Q=News 7 Vinton.]

((((NATS - 1:41:05 I'VE GOT JOY LIKE A RIVER...))
[RUNS= :05]


Singing accompanied sorrow, at what was called a celebration of Danny Overstreet's life. A celebration that drew hundreds. The crowd of mourners spilled into the parking lot - where their pain was comforted by prayer.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=But right now...]

((BUT RIGHT NOW WE PRAY FOR THE FAMILY OF DANNY, ALL THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN HURT BY THIS TRAGEDY AND WE ASK YOU SEND FORTH YOUR HEALING AND YOUR BLESSING. (YES)))
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[OUT Q=your blessing (yes.)]


Inside, under a canopy of brightly colored balloons and flowers, he was remembered as "the laughing man." An animated figure who never met a stranger. Most who attended his funeral were in fact, just that. Kathy Caldwell met Overstreet for the first time Friday night - just minutes before both herself and Overstreet were gunned down.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=He was happy...]

((HE WAS HAPPY, LAUGHING, JOLLY, JOKING AROUND. HE WAS JUST A JOLLY, HE SEEMED LIKE A JOLLY HAPPY PERSON.))
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[OUT Q=happy person.]


And that's exactly how Overstreet's friends say they'll remember him - They only wish everyone had a chance to experience his joy...

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[SOT]
[IN Q=If every]

((PAUL HOLT: IF EVERY PERSON WOULD'VE ONLY HAD TWO MINUTES OF DANNY IN THEIR LIFE, THEY WOULD'VE BEEN TRULY BLESSED.))


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[OUT Q=blessed.]

Danny Overstreet will be laid to rest in a private ceremony. Meredyth Censullo, News7, Vinton.))


[Funeral-Protest]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-24 TC1:53:17]
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Kansas minister Fred Phelps did not follow through on his promise to hold an anti-gay demonstration at the funeral.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]


Vinton Police were stationed at the funeral home, and officers from other departments were standing by, but they weren't needed.
The large crowd that lingered outside the chapel was peaceful and positive... focused on Danny Overstreet and his family.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The service was helpful]

((NORMA POHAN/CO-WORKER: THE SERVICE WAS HELPFUL. IT BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER, DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, HIS CO-WORKERS, HIS FRIENDS. HIS FAMILY. IT WAS NEEDED.)) ((SYLVIA JOURNIETTE/CO-WORKER: I FELT COMPELLED TO BE HERE JUST TO FIGHT THE HATRED FOR ONE THING AND JUST TO BE TOGETHER WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND SUPPORT THE FAMILY AND LET THEM KNOW THAT DANNY WAS WELL-LOVED.))
[SUPER=01-Norma Pohan/Co-Worker; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sylvia Journiette/Co-Worker; :11]
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[OUT Q=Danny was well-loved.]
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[VO-NAT]


The only note of discord came when a car passed by carrying a sign that read "Ronnie Gay for President." Gay is the man charged with Overstreet's murder.
Still, there was relief that the funeral did not produce any angry confrontations with demonstrators.
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[SOT 18:57:08]
[IN Q=I believe that prayer works]

((I BELIEVE THAT PRAYER WORKS, FOR WHATEVER REASONS, WHATEVER HIS REASONS WERE FOR NOT COMING. IN MY HEART PRAYER WORKS.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Catherine Houchins/Metropolitan Community Church;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=prayer works.]
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[VO-NAT]


Phelps complained in a fax that he feared police would not protect his safety and first amendment rights, but last night there was no indication why he did not show.
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[Cafe-Funeral]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-30 TC1:50:04]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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


After the funeral, dozens of people returned to the scene of Friday night's shooting.
They held candles, sang and prayed.
Friends, family and supporters will hold a vigil tonight in Elmwood Park and then march to the Backstreet Cafe.


It starts at seven o-clock.
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[Optical-Cable]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-25 TC2:03:09]
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A Roanoke company faces a federal lawsuit for allegedly discriminating against blacks and women.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/March;]

Optical Cable makes fiber optic cable for video and audio communications. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Optical Cable waited 11 years to hire its first black and still does not hire enough minorities. It also says the cable company keeps women in low-paying jobs. Optical Cable denies this -- saying half of the top paid hourly employees are women and eleven percent of its workforce is black.
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[SOT 13:16:41]
[IN Q=This case arose]

((ROBERT KOPSTEIN/OPTICAL CABLE: THIS CASE AROSE OUT OF A CHARGE FILED BY A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL, WHO SAID HE WAS DISCHARGED BECAUSE OF HIS RACE. THE EMPLOYEE HAS BEEN OFFERED HIS JOB BACK.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Kopstein/Optical Cable;]
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[OUT Q=his job back]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]

Douglas Bonds brought this complaint to the E-E-O-C. He worked at Optical Cable for a month as a machine operator and says the company poorly trained him then fired him because he was black. He has not responded to the company's job offer and did not want to appear on camera.

[Israel-Clash]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


More injuries today in Israel, as riot police and Palestinian protesters clashed near a hotly contested religious shrine.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel;]


Palestinians protested the Israeli political delegation visiting what's known as the Temple Mount.
Israeli police fired rubber bullets at the crowd of demonstrators, injuring at least four.
Police say 25 of their own officers were also hurt in the clash.
The holy shrine is on disputed territory at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
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[Greek-Ferry]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The captain and three crew members of a Greek ferry face murder charges.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Paros, Greece;]


At least 66 people died when the ferry sank Tuesday.
Some survivors say the crew members were watching a soccer match on television when the ship struck a rocky outcrop.
Investigators are focusing on reports that the ship was on automatic pilot minutes before the accident.
Rescue workers are still searching for bodies, as hope fades that any other survivors will turn up.
It was Greece's worst ferry accident in 35 years.
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[Gilmore]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-26 TC1:57:22]
[GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore]


Questions are being raised into how Governor Gilmore's administration got the money to cut the car tax.
The administration shifted 16-million dollars of public funds without legislative approval.
Budget writers are asking the state attorney general if the move was legal.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]


At Virginia Military Institute yesterday, Gilmore said transferring the money was a swift attempt to repay localities the revenue they lost from the no-car-tax.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We don't see]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE DON'T SEE ANYTHING THAT'S IMPROPER ABOUT IT, OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT WE WERE OBEYING THE LAW, GETTING THE TAX REBATE BACK TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA AT THE RIGHT MOMENT UNDER THE STATUTE.))
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[OUT Q=under the statute.]
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[VO-NAT]


If the transfer is deemed legal, some say it will undermine the checks and balances between branches of government.

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[Senate-Race]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC1:50:52]
[GRAPHIC=George Allen]


U-S Senate candidate George Allen has picked up another endorsement.
Meantime, events that took place when he was governor are back in the news. The state Department of Environmental Quality is under fire for failing to regulate polluters and intimidating its own employees in order to keep their silence.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Richmond;]


Those charges, made during Allen's tenure as governor, were renewed yesterday in a news conference organized by the Sierra Club.
Four former D-E-Q environmental engineers told horror stories of an agency paralyzed by Allen Cabinet Secretary Becky Norton Dunlop.
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[SOT TAPE ONE 11:33:23]
[IN Q=When Governor]

((EILEEN ROWAN/FORMER DEQ SCIENTIST: WHEN GOVERNOR ALLEN WAS SWORN IN, HIS SECRETARY OF NATURAL RESOURCES, BECKY NORTON DUNLOP, BEGAN TIGHTLY MANAGING OUR OPERATIONS TO AN UNPRECEDENTED DEGREE. OVERNIGHT, WE WERE SMOTHERED BY A BLANKET OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. FIRINGS, THREATENED FIRINGS AND FORCED MOVES BECAME CONSTANT. GAG ORDERS CUT US OFF FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE LEGISLATURE.))
[SOT TAPE TWO 11:47:47]

((DAVID SLIGH/FORMER DEQ SCIENTIST: WE'RE NOT CRACKPOTS. WE'RE PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T PUT UP WITH THE CORRUPTION OF THE SYSTEM.))
[SUPER=201-Eileen Rowan/Former DEQ Scientist; :00 ]
[SUPER=201-David Sligh/Former DEQ Scientist; :23 ]
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[OUT Q=of the system.]
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[VO-NAT]


Allen's own policy advisor on natural resources works for his campaign now, and sat in on the news conference.
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[SOT 12:03:25]
[IN Q=Well I think]

((BERNIE MCNAMEE/ALLEN CAMPAIGN: WELL I THINK IT WAS CLEAR FROM THE COMMENTS THAT THEY MADE THAT THE THING THAT THEY WERE MOST UPSET ABOUT IS THAT AFTER THEY WERE RUNNING DEQ, OR SO THEY PERCEIVED, FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, THAT SOMEBODY ELSE SAID THERE'S A DIFFERENT WAY TO DO THINGS, A BETTER WAY TO DO IT, THAT WE CAN BOTH HAVE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND HELP COMPANIES PROVIDE NEW JOBS FOR VIRGINIANS.))
[SUPER=201-Bernie McNamee/Allen Campaign;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=for Virginians.]
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[VO-NAT]


The former D-E-Q workers say they all felt pressured by managers to hide evidence of pollution during Allen's tenure.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=Hold]


The U-S Chamber of Commerce endorsed Allen yesterday.
Chamber leaders praised Allen for slashing state business regulations by 70 percent as governor.

[Chapman-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=1:26:29]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Authorities say a man found dead in northwest Roanoke died of natural causes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


60-year-old Ronnie D. Muller was found next to his bicycle on Chapman AvenueTuesday.
The medical examiner's office says Muller had a heart attack.
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[Smith]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Despite a nearly half- BILLION-dollar judgment in her favor, former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith is still challenging her late husband's will.
Opening argument are expected this afternoon in a Texas probate court. Teresa Estacio reports,
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX;]
[SUPER=01-Philip Boesch, Jr./Smith's Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=Estacio, CBS News, ]

((Information: Suggested Lead: THE CASE OF THE PLAYBOY PLAYMATE VERSES THE DEAD BILLIONAIRE UNFOLDS TODAY IN A HOUSTON COURTROOM. ANNA NICOLE SMITH, KNOWN MORE FOR WHAT SHE ISN'T WEARING, IS CHALLENGING THE WILL OF HER LATE HUSBAND. HE DIED WITHOUT LEAVING HER A CENT. DESPITE A RULING IN A DIFFERENT COURT YESTERDAY THAT DOES GIVE HER ALMOST HALF A BILLION DOLLARS, TERISA ESTACIO REPORTS THE CASE AGAINST THE WILL GOES ON.
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Anna Nicole Smith says she deserves half of her late billionaire husbands fortune. And now she may get it. A California judge yesterday awarded the former Playboy Playmate of the Year 449 million dollars. The judge said she deserved an inheritance, even though her late husband, Texas oilman, J. Howard Marshall, left her nothing in his will. Her attorney says she is pleased with the verdict.

(take sot )
(Philip Boesch Jr/Smiths atty. )
(The judge said that she was swindled out of her right of the money.)


But Smiths legal wranglings for her supposed fair share do not end there. In a separate court case in Houston, Smith is suing Marshalls estate, challenging the will that left her nothing. Smith met Marshall at a Houston bar where she worked as a stripper. She was 26. He was 89. She claims it was love at first sight. They were married for a year before Marshall died. He bequeathed his entire fortune to his younger son, E. Pierce Marshall. The other son, J. Howard Marshall The Third, is also challenging the will.

(ESTACIO STANDUP CLOSE)))



[Sara-Lee]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=none]
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Sara Lee Active-Wear may close a deal to buy the old Tultex Customer Service building tomorrow.
The Bankruptcy Court in Danville approved the offer yesterday.
The company will consolidate three buildings into the old Tultex building and use it as a distribution center.
The deal could mean more jobs.
The closing date is set for tomorrow.


[Dads-Difference]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC1:49:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Young fathers in central Virginia are getting reminder that their most important job is to be a father to their children.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The Alliance for Families and Children agency kicked off its "Daddies Make a Difference" program yesterday.
Director Roland Hayes says they're trying to change the cultural mindset that fathers don't count.
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[SOT 10:26:27]
[IN Q=Attitudinal changes]

((ROLAND HAYES/PROGRAM DIRECTOR: ATTITUDINAL CHANGES ARE HARD. BEHAVIORAL CHANGES ARE THE HARDEST THINGS TO AFFECT AND FOR A MAN WHO BELIEVES 'THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH ME', TO CHANGE HIS MIND ABOUT HOW HE HAS TO PARENT AND HOW HE HAS TO LIVE HIS LIFE IS ONE OF THE HARDEST TASKS WE HAVE.))
[SUPER=01-Roland Hayes/Program Director]
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[OUT Q=tasks we have.]
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[VO-NAT]


U-S Cellular donated 5- thousand dollars to the program, which is paying for ten "Daddies Make a Difference" billboards around central Virginia.
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[Barbra-Concert]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


And... this week marks the final few curtain calls for musical diva Barbra Streisand.
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[SOT 10:31:10]
[IN Q=It's so nice]

((BARBRA STREISAND: IT'S SO NICE TO BE BACK HOME, IN NEW YORK!))
[SUPER=07-Barbra Streisand;]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Streisand is performing what she calls her last live concerts EVER this week in the Big Apple.
Tickets aren't cheap---


The best seats in Madison Square Garden were selling on the black market for up to eight THOUSAND dollars.
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[SOT 10:31:24]
[IN Q=singing]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=coming to me..fades out]
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[VO-NAT]


The two- performance appearance is expected to draw 30- thousand fans.
This isn't her first farewell tour, though...
She did another one six years ago, but says this one is final, for real...
Babs says she prefers to work behind the camera or in a recording studio. (------------)