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Smoke is billowing in Belgrade where political heat on the Yugoslav president is taking a turn for the worse.
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Plus, problems with Firestone tires may go beyond Ford Explorers. We'll show you another vehicle that comes equipped with the recalled products.
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The warm weather continues through today but starting tomorrow we're looking for a little cooler and a likely wet change in the forecast. Stay here for the details.
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News 7 at noon is next.




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Fires are burning inside Yugoslavia's Parliament building as protestors try to force the country's president from office.
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[Yugoslavia]


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Anger over the Yugoslav president's refusal to step down is taking a violent turn. Black smoke has been billowing from Yugoslavia's parliament building since anti-government protesters clashed with police this morning. Demonstrators are now in control of the building. Earlier today, security forces retaliated with stun grenades and tear gas. Those who oppose president Slobodan Milosevic are upset over his demand that a run-off election be held this weekend.

Milosevic refuses to concede defeat in an earlier election. At least one member of the opposition has promised bloodshed if Milosevic doesn't change his mind. Lisa Leigh joins us live now from Washington with the latest.
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((Narr: The Yugoslavian parliament building is on fire.. burning after mobs of protesters stormed it throwing grenades and rocks. Black smoke still surrounds the building after the protesters set police cars on fire.

(Nat sot: crowds/streets.)


Narr: The west is condemning attempts by Yugoslav president ..Slobodan Milosevic to try to extend his tenure.

Possible sot: Madelaine Albright/Secretary of State ( or Clinton)


Narr: But the Yugoslavian constitutional court - a Milosevic appointed court... declared last months elections unconstitutional and announced a new election would be held. Which unleashed terrr on the streets of Belgrade.

(Nat sot:crowds/streets)


Narr: Police are dousing the crowds with tear gas in what is being called the largest protest during the 13 year reign of Mil.

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(LISA LEIGH CLOSE thousands in other cities)

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[Debate-Preview]


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As Al Gore and George W. Bush campaign in advance of next week's debate, their running mates prepare to face the fire tonight.
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(("I've done debates in the past, but I would say this is the main event!"))
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Joseph Lieberman has been in Kentucky practicing for tonight's event. His aides say, like his boss, he plans to stress the Democrats' vision of continued prosperity. Meantime, Republican Dick Cheney stayed in Washington to prepare for the debate. But he took time out of his day to praise Bush's performance earlier this week.
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(("I hope folks understand it is not just an argument over numbers and statistics but that there are underlying fundamental differences in terms of our approach to the major policy problems of the day."))
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Tonight's debate is the first and only between the candidates for vice president. At least one professor describes the event as entertainment, saying voters cast a ballot for PRESIDENT, not the VP.
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[One-Source]


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The communications company that suddenly locked its doors in Roanoke is now answering questions.
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One Source Vice President Mark Rhodes is shutting down the company.
But he says customers' pagers and cellular phones should still work.
Long distance customers can call the One Source office to set up a new plan.
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((MARK RHODES/ONE SOURCE: THESE FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN WITHOUT THEIR LONG DISTANCE. WE'RE VERY VERY SORRY THAT HAPPENED, BUT THEY WILL NOT BE BILLED ERRONEOUSLY. IN FACT WE'RE LOOKING AT A PLAN RIGHT NOW THAT WILL GIVE THEM CREDITS FOR THEIR TIME AND AGGRAVATION.))
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Rhodes says the company is NOT bankrupt, but the owners are starting a new high speed data company. He says customers can call or stop by the One Source office on Electric Road for help with pagers, long distance or cellular phones.
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[Road-funding]


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Finishing touches are being added to Virginia's 10 billion dollar Transportation Development plan.
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At a public hearing today, citizens and local government officials added their two-cents hoping to grab some of the plan's money.
The transportation board approved a draft funding plan in September, and has spent the past few months targeting improvements.
Plans include lengthening the acceleration lanes where 581 joins North and Southbound 81.
The plan will be finalized in two weeks.
The Salem district is expected to receive one billion dollars.
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[KFC-Rodent]


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Tests will be performed on a mouse that was found inside a box of chicken from a fast food restaurant. Members of a Roanoke family say they found the mouse after purchasing the chicken Tuesday.
We warn you, some viewers may find video in this story offensive.
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LaTasha Cummings says the family purchased the chicken from the K-F-C on Melrose Avenue.
She says she and her kids had already started eating, and her husband was fixing his plate, when he noticed something.
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((LATASHA CUMMINGS: I SEEN HIM JUMP BACK, AND I SAID WHAT'S WRONG. HE SAID SOMETHING'S IN THERE. I MOVED THE BOX AND SEEN THE MOUSE IN THE BOX, AND BY THAT TIME MY KIDS HAD JUST DROPPED THEIR FOOD AND RAN OUT OF THE KITCHEN))
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The Health Department investigated the claim but found no evidence of rodents inside or outside the restaurant.
The company that owns the franchise says it is not convinced of the allegation because K-F-C adheres to the strictest food safety handling guidelines and procedures.
The family and the company however have agreed to get the mouse tested.
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((LATASHA CUMMINGS:WE'RE GOING TO GET THE MOUSE TESTED TO SEE IF IT HAS THEIR INGREDIENTS OR IF IT WAS JUST LIKE THE CHICKEN))
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The Health Department will coordinate the testing at a private lab.
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[County-Schools]


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The Roanoke County school board is moving forward with its plans to begin construction on the new south county high school.
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School board members have agreed to award a single contract to one general contractor. They originally planned to award 19 different contracts, but 5 weren't bid on, and the school board said the rest were too high. The board says they plans to award the contract to a local builder Monday. The County Board of Supervisors will then have to release funding for the project. The new high school is slated for completion in time for the start of classes in the Fall of 2002.
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The school board also voted to begin advertising for construction bids for the renovation and additions to Glenvar Middle School.

[Firestone-Recall]


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Despite a massive recall, dangerous Firestone tires may still be on the road.
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Firestone and Ford are facing tough questions on Capitol Hill about tires on Ford Explorers that have a tendency to shred. The problem is being blamed for more than 150-deaths. Now, a new investigation suggests Explorers might not be the only vehicles sporting the potentially deadly tread. The spare on many 2001 Ford Rangers is the same make, model and size as the recalled tires.
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((Somebody's dropping the ball.)) ((They shouldn't be sold as spares. They shouldn't be sold at all.))
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Bridgestone/Firestone has already issued a recall of more than 6-and a half million Firestone-Bridgestone tires. The company says it can legally sell the recalled tires on the Ford Rangers because they're marked "Temporary Use Only."
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[Mideast-Peace]


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Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says yesterday's peace talks in Paris made some progress toward restoration of order in the Middle East.
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At a news conference in Egypt, Albright said Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat agreed to work toward ending violence that's left 65 dead. And she says C-I-A director George Tenet will help them out. At the Paris talks, Israel agreed to pull its tanks back from West Bank flashpoints and the Palestinians agreed to try to stop the riots. Barak flew home after rejecting Arafat's demand for an international inquiry into the causes of the fighting.
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[BWX-Leak]


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Officials from B-W-X Technologies say no one was exposed to radiation after a slow leak was discovered at one of the company's nuclear facilities in Campbell County.
The leak was discovered two weeks ago... near a containment pool at the Lynchburg Technology Center.
The pool holds irradiated hardware and "spent fuel" from commercial nuclear reactors.
A B-W-X spokesman says the leak was patched. A test of groundwater around the site showed no contamination.

[Jacuzzi]


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A local company is trying to set the record straight with its employees concerning their severance pay.

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Jacuzzi Whirlpool and Bath will halt production and furlough 60 employees by November.
Employees say they were told they could leave the company two weeks before it closes, but that changed Tuesday night.
The company now says employees MUST stay until November third to receive their severance package.
Jacuzzi Whirlpool and Bath says it regrets the error.
The company also says it's making major efforts to assist employees in finding new jobs.
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[Hot-Toys]


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It may be hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner. Time to start thinking about what to get the kids.
Amy Stone takes a look at the hot toys for 2000.
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That was Amy Stone reporting.