[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


A woman is injured this morning when a freight train hits her car in Appomattox.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the family of Timothy Saunders, one of the sailors who died aboard the U-S-S Cole receives a purple heart.
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[TALENT=Jacey]
[SS=None]

We have sunny skies today but the weather should be turning wet this evening. Much needed rain is coming up in the forecast.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Stay with us-- News 7 at noon is next.



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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[VO-NAT]


State police say bright sunlight may have kept a woman from seeing a Norfolk Southern train as it struck her car.
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[Train-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-34]
[GRAPHIC=Train Accident]


A freight train hit a car in Appomattox this morning, sending one woman to the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Appomattox Co.]


State police say 39- year- old Mary S. Miller was crossing the tracks on a private road when her car was struck by an eastbound Norfolk Southern train.
The force of the collision spun Miller's car around and it was struck again in the rear bumper.
Authorities say Miller may have been blinded by the morning sun and didn't see the train coming.
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[SOT 10:41:39]
[IN Q=Minimal damage]

((TROOPER TODD FARISS/VA STATE POLICE: MINIMAL DAMAGE, OF COURSE, TO THE TRAIN.. ... COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING.))
[SUPER=01-Trooper Todd Fariss/VA State Police]
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[OUT Q=couldn't see anything.]
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Miller is still being treated at Lynchburg General Hospital where she's listed in serious but stable condition.
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[Robb]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=00-32]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]

Virginia's candidates for Senate are milking the final hours before the election in hopes of prompting voters to cast a ballot.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke]

Senator Chuck Robb addressed a room loaded with Democratic heavy-hitters in Roanoke this morning. The group included a former Virginia governor, Roanoke City and County sheriffs and County supervisors. Robb urged his supporters to continue their "get out the vote" efforts and spoke about his priorities for the remainder of the campaign.
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[SOT 00:47:52-00:48:03]
[IN Q=At this point...]

((At this point it's a matter of making sure that we do everything we can to motivate all those people who'd vote right if they actually voted to make sure they actually vote.))
[SUPER=201-Chuck Robb/(D) U.S. Senate Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=they actually vote.]
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[VO-NAT]

Robb plans to hit Norfolk and Richmond before the end of the day. Meantime, his Republican challenger is also making one last campaign push across the state with planned stops in Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond and Charlottesville.
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[Anchor=Kim]
[SS=Hold]

George Allen's picking up support from family and friends including Senator John Warner. Allen told reporters that, if elected, his first vote would be to support Warner's re-appointment as chairman of the Senate's armed services committee. Coming up tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6 Ellen Qualls will have more on today's final campaign stops.

[Campaign-2000]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Both Presidential candidates are racking up mileage on this Election Eve--
Al Gore and George W- Bush are hitting the campaign trail for a final day, hoping to sway undecided voters their way.
Gretchen Carlson has more.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=203-Waterloo, IA;]
[SUPER=201-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=201-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=201-Ralph Nader/Green Party Candidate;]
[SUPER=201-Gretchen Carlson/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=Carlson, CBS News.]
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(LOCATOR: WATERLOO, IA)


A RAINY DAY IN WATERLOO, IOWA, DIDNT STOP AL AND TIPPER GORE FROM STUMPING IN SMALL TOWN AMERICA.

(SOT)Al Gore/D-Presidential Candidate

Once its in your hands then I know its in good hands.
WITH LESS THAN 24 HOURS UNTIL THE FIRST POLLS OPEN VICE PRESIDENT GORE IS CAMPAIGNING AROUND THE CLOCK, ENCOURAGING HIS SUPPORTERS TO GET OUT THE VOTE.

(SOT)

Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and organize!
MEANTIME, GOVERNOR GEORGE BUSH CONTINUES CRISS-CROSSING THE COUNTRY IN HIS SPRINT TO THE FINISH LINE.

(SOT) George W. Bush/R-Presidential Candidate

I like our chances in this great state of Tennessee!
THE FIRST STOP, CHATTANOOGA TENNESSEE A STATE THATS HOME TO GORE BUT A STATE STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL.

(SOT)

My opponent vows to carry his home state and he may win Washington D.C., but he's not going to win Tennessee!

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IN FACT, TENNESSEE IS ONE OF MANY TOSS UP STATES.
THE LATEST CBS NEWS POLL SHOWS 147 ELECTORAL VOTES STILL UP FOR GRABS WITH BUSH LEADING GORE 47 TO 42 PERCENT. GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE RALPH NADER IS STILL IN THE RACE AT 5 PERCENT AND WILL POTENTIALLY TAKE VOTES AWAY FROM GORE.

(SOT)Ralph Nader/Green Party Candidate

We expect the people will help build a viable 3rd party that will put the politicians feet to the fire and the two parties more honest and more responsive.
ITS A PRESIDENTIAL RACE THAT COULD BE THE CLOSEST IN GENERATIONS ALL DECIDED BY TUESDAY NIGHT.
GRETCHEN CARLSON, CBS NEWS.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-40; 53:17]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign2000]


Identification is required at the polls tomorrow.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape]


Earlier this year lawmakers passed a bill requiring voters to show an I-D before voting.
But officials say if you forget it... all you need to do is sign your name.
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[SOT 18:44:14]
[IN Q=the bottom]

((BRIAN SHEPPARD: THE BOTTOM LINE IS IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ID YOU CAN SIGN YOUR NAME AND THAT'S ENOUGH TO VOTE, IF YOU WALK TO THE POLLS AND FORGET YOUR ID IF YOU DON'T DRIVE AND DON'T HAVE AN ID YOU CAN SIGN YOUR NAME YOU CAN VOTE.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Sheppard/Roanoke Democratic Party Pres.]
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[OUT Q=can vote.]
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[VO-NAT]


The polls open at 6 tomorrow morning and close at 7 PM.
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[Rusco]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=00-35]
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Two Roanoke valley family owned companies are joining forces. Lawrence Transportation announced today it will purchase Rusco Window Company.

[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Jen Microwave;]


Jennifer Miele is at Rusco with the latest.
[LIVE=Jen /FULL]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.]


((ROLLCUE:...to keep Rusco in the valley.))
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[SUPER=01-Jim Brock/Rusco Window Company ; :36]
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[OUT Q=so that was really important.]



[LIVE=Jen /FULL]
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[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Jen Microwave;]




[Saunders]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-33]
[GRAPHIC=Timothy Saunders]


A ceremony in Chatham today honored a sailor killed in the attack on the USS Cole.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chatham]


Relatives of Timothy Saunders received his Purple Heart from a Navy admiral.
Along with the medal, officials from Pittsylvania County gave the family plaques commemorating his sacrifice for his country.
The Ringgold man and 16 shipmates died last month when terrorists set off a bomb next to the hull of their destroyer.
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[Target-Hostages]


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


A hostage standoff at a Los Angeles- area Target store has apparently ended peacefully.
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities say gunmen entered the discount store before it opened this morning, and demanded about 40 employees to get on the floor.
Police have arrested three suspects when the fled with 15 employees.
The standoff ended when the other employees left the store, and one man in the group was arrested.
Police are still searching the store to see if anyone is still inside.
No one was injured during the two-and-a-half- hour ordeal.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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A controversial operation is under way in England.
Doctors are separating set of Siamese twin girls, in order to save the life of one of them.
A judge issued a ruling to allow the surgery, despite the wishes of the girls' parents.
Without the 15-hour operation, doctors say BOTH babies would have died.
Kimberly Dozier has the story.
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[SUPER=03-London;]
[SUPER=01-Yvonne King/Hospital Spokesperson;]
[SUPER=01-Prof. Lewis Spitz/Pediatric Surgeon;]
[SUPER=01-Kimberly Dozier/Reporting;]
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(( Narr: Two lives are at risk...one will certainly die. Conjoined twins Mary and Jody have spent much of their life at this hospital...doctors here are now operating to take them apart.
Sot:. Yvonne King/Mary's Hospital Spokesperson:
Narr/Graphic: The twins are joined at the spine and abdomen. They share Jody's heart and lungs. When surgeons shut off the blood supply to Mary, to separate her sister, Mary will die.
It's the same sort of procedure used to successfully separate these two American sisters several years ago. But it's risky, and complicated. Jody will still need years of surgery to survive without her weaker sister.
Sot: Professor Lewis Spitz/ Pediatric Surgeon
Narr: Jody and Mary's parents have spent every waking moment here at the hospital's infant unit. Staunch Catholics from a small island village of Malta, they lost a long legal battle to let nature take it's course. Friends say they've been dreading this day for weeks, knowing they will lose one child...fearing they may lose both.
Kimberly Dozier, CBS News, London.
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[Fire-Prevention]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kwe]
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[**NOTE ANCHOR TAG**]
Virginia forestry officials are considering a statewide burning ban due to the high threat of forest fires. The dry conditions have helped fuel several fires including a 13-thousand acre blaze in the Shenandoah National Park.

A smaller fire charred more than 60 acres in Craig County over the weekend.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SUPER=03-Craig Co.;:00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Elmore/National Forest Service;:09]
[SUPER=01-Denny McCarthy/Department of Forestry;:57]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:05]
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(([NAT SOUND WORKERS AT HOT SPOTS]
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62 acres on Blue Knob Mountain in Craig County are getting mopped up from a fire that began on Friday.

[SOT 15:38:20]
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((STEVE ELMORE/FOREST SERVICE: WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR ARE HOT SPOTS ANYWHERE NEAR THE LINE IF THE WIND GETS UP.))
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A crew of 20 were called in from Idaho to help in the cleanup .. Along with a Forest Service helicopter that has dumped more then 32-thousand gallons of water here since Saturday. Although this is considered a small forest fire, the threat for others is high.

[SOT 15:38:59]
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((STEVE ELMORE: THE LEAVES AND THE GROUND ARE EXTREMELY DRY ANY FIRE THE FOLKS ARE DOING RUN A REAL RISK OF LETTING IT GET AWAY FROM THEM.))
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That's why the Forest Service is considering at state wide ban on burning. Even without a ban, they say there are alternatives to burning homeowners need to look in to.

[SOT 15:23:07]
[INQ=]

((DENNY MCCARTHY/FOREST SERVICE: BUILD A BRUSH PILE FOR WILD LIFE THAT'S ONE WAY TO USE THAT MATERIAL FOR GOOD PURPOSES, DRAG IT OFF TO A CORNER OF THE WOODS INSTEAD OF PILING IT AND BURNING IT.))
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So until the rain showers return the Forest Service says they're preparing for the possibility of a long fire season. Kate Weidaw News7 Craig County.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Although a statewide burning ban has NOT been put in to effect...Bedford, Franklin, Allegheny, Patrick and Montgomery counties are all under countywide burning bans.



[Social-Security]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-43; 21:51]
[GRAPHIC= Social Security]

You can now apply for retirement benefits on-line.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Social Security Administration]


Officials say this is an effort to better meet the needs of the 76 million-strong baby boom generation... which is expected to DOUBLE the administration's workload.
Social Security's Deputy Commissioner tells News 7 the online application should be a popular option.
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[SOT from SS PHONER TC 1:08:20]
[IN Q=Literally hundreds]

((1:08:20 LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WILL USE THIS AND THE MORE THAT DO SO THE BETTER OFF ... IT DOES PREPARE US FOR THE RETIREMENT OF A MUCH LARGER WAVE OF PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE -- 1:08:38))
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[OUT Q=people in the future.]
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[VO-NAT]

A paper copy of the online application must also be printed, signed, and mailed to social security along with any requested personal documents.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

You can apply for Social Security benefits on the internet at w-w-w-dot-S-S-A-dot gov.


[Queen-Mum]


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


She's best known for her trademark hats, but Britain's Queen Mum is now wearing a SLING.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


A Royal spokesman says the Queen Mother is "reasonably comfortable" after breaking her collarbone.
The 100- year- old mother of Queen Elizabeth, the second fell at her home.
For now, the Queen Mum is canceling her engagements so she can get some rest.
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[Box-Office]


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


Charlie's Angels kicked "the parents" out of the number one spot at the box office.
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[SOT 3:44:03]
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[VO-NAT 03NA -3:42:58]


The movie re-make of the hit tv series "Charlie's Angels" took top honors this week-end pulling in an estimated 40-point-5 million dollars.
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[Anchor=Kimberly]

[TAKE FS CHYRON]
[SUPER=77-Charlie's Angels/Meet the Parents/The Legend of Bagger Vance/Remember the Titans/Blair Witch 2;]
[Super=#555;reset]

. Remember the Titans and Blair Witch 2 wrap up this week's list. After four weeks in first place, Meet the Parents slips to number 2. The Legend of Bagger Vance debuted at number 3