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[TALENT=Kimberly]

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Whether it's by man or by machine, Republicans take issue with the Presidential recounts in Florida.
The latest, coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And Norfolk Southern announces more layoffs in Roanoke.
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Cloudy skies today and a chance for showers this evening. A cool weather forecast is ahead.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Stay with us-- News 7 at noon is next.



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It's the one thing the nation can COUNT on-- more legal squabbling over Florida's Presidential recounts.
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[Recount]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Attorneys representing George W- Bush and Vice President Al Gore are slugging it out in federal court today.
A Miami judge is hearing arguments from the Bush campaign to stop the hand recount in several Florida counties.
Earlier, Florida's top election official announced tomorrow's 5 P-M deadline will NOT be extended for counties to certify results from last week's election.
Democrats argue that the hand recounts can't be completed by that time.
Meanwhile, state officials are still monitoring the recount.
Terisa Estacio joins us now from the Palm Beach County courthouse with an update.
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ELECTION WORKERS IN FLORIDA HAVE UNTIL 5 PM TOMORROW TO FINISH THEIR VOTE RECOUNT. FLORIDA'S SECRETARY OF STATE SAYS THAT DEADLINE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED.. AND VOTES THAT ARE NOT CERTIFIED BY THEN, WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

SOT: WARREN CHRISTOPHER/GORE CAMPAIGN RECOUNT MONITOR

"I DON'T WANT TO CHARACTERIZE HER MOVE, BUT SHE IS A LONG STANDING SUPPORTER OF GOVERNOR BUSH AND I THINK HER STATEMENT HAS TO BE TAKEN IN THAT CONTEXT."
The ruling which could be challenged in court makes it unlikely that the hand re-count can be completed in some areas... areas that are traditionally democratic. In that case the original machine vote is the one that would count.

POSSIBLE SOT: BOB CRAWFORD, FLORIDA ELECTIONS BOARD.

Then the votes we have on file are the ones we would certify.
THIS LATEST DEVELOPMENT COMES WHILE..LAWYERS FOR GOV. BUSH ARE IN FEDERAL COURT TRYING TO STOP THE MANUAL RECOUNT. REPUBLICANS ARGUE ITS NOT FAIR FOR THE GORE CAMP TO CHOSE SELECTED COUNTIES. (beat) FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN ROBERT WEXLER SEES IT DIFFERENTLY.

SOT: CONGRESSMAN ROBERT WEXLER/D-FLA

"WE'RE TALKING ABOUT DETERMINE THE PRESIDENCY WITH A VERY SLIM MARGIN AND EACH PERSON IN PALM BEACH COUNTY AND FLORIDA HAS A RIGHT TO HAVE THEIR VOTE COUNTED."
WHILE THE LEGAL MANEUVERING CONTINUES... BOTH CAMPS HAVE STARTED RAISING MONEY TO FUND THEIR FIGHTS. THIS IS A PAGE FROM THE BUSH CAMPAIGN WEB SITE ASKING SUPPORTERS FOR UP TO FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. ))
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[NS-layoffs]


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Norfolk Southern today announced it will be closing its Roanoke foundry.... that means 14 people will lose their jobs by January.
13 other NS workers at the Roanoke Car shops were notified last week they would be let go this Friday.
The company cites a slowing economy and decreased rail traffic as reasons for the layoffs.
More on the layoffs tonight on News 7 at six.

[Homeless]


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Roanoke is helping to educate the community about the plight of the homeless. Today, the city released figures to paint a picture of the homeless situation.
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Teresa Hamilton is in Downtown Roanoke with more.
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((ROLLCUE:...including 43 children.))
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[Missing-Hiker]


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A 12 -year old boy is hospitalized after falling 75- feet while hiking in Roanoke County.
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The boy's name has NOT been released.
Authorities say he was hiking with friends at Dragon's Tooth yesterday afternoon when he fell approximately 75 feet.
It took rescue crews 30- minutes to reach the boy who was then lifted to the top with a rope.
Authorities say the boy apparently slipped.... perhaps on some leaves.
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((TODD MAXEY/ROANOKE CO. FIRE CHIEF: THE PATIENT WAS DOWN OVER THE ROCKS, HE WASN'T MOVING, HE WAS HAVING SOME DIFFICULTY BREATHING. MEDICAL TREATMENT WAS STARTED AND HE WAS TALKING A LITTLE BIT TO THE EMS PERSONNEL AS THEY WERE MOVING HIM OUT AND ALSO AS THEY WERE LOADING HIM ON LIFEGUARD TEN.))
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Once the 12- year old was lifted to the top... rescue crews had out carry him out, on foot, which took about an hour and a half.
He was then airlifted to Roanoke Memorial with head injuries.
Authorities say the boy is in stable condition.
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[Postage]


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You'll soon be paying a penny more to mail a letter.
The Postal Rate Commission has decided to raise the cost of a first- class stamp to 34 cents.
The new rate will likely take effect January 7th, about a week after the holiday mail rush.
The timing is becoming a trend-- The last rate increase took place in January of last year.

[Goat-Island]


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Two of the quirkiest residents of Leesville Lake live alone on an island.
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Meet Billy the kid, and his mother Jenny. They preside over the two acres of rock known as Goat Island -- relying on their owner Charlie Hunt to arrive every two weeks in his fishing boat.
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((CHARLIE HUNT/GOAT OWNER: THEY'RE USUALLY VERY PROTECTIVE OF EACH OTHER AND FAIRLY SHY OF PEOPLE THEY DON'T KNOW. NOW IF YOU'VE GOT FOOD THEY'LL COME OVER AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT. BUT TO GRAB THEM, THEY'LL TAKE OFF AND SCUTTLE OFF.))
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Charlie received six goats, including Jenny and Billy, as wedding presents. He plunked them down on the deserted island to keep it trim. Tonight on News7 at Six -- find out the fate of the goats and their private haven, as Leesville Lake develops.
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[Japan-Crash]


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Authorities are still searching to a U-S military pilot whose jet collided with another plane over the Japanese Sea early this morning.
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Both planes are believed to be F-16's.
They were on a routine training mission as part of a joint military exercise with Japan.
One of the pilots was rescued.
The incident has Japanese officials expressing concern about the safety of American military flight training missions.
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[Cable-Car]


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Recovery teams are working around the clock to remove the bodies from an Austrian cable car that caught fire over the weekend.
As Cathy Moss reports, it's one of the worst accidents ever at a ski resort.
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(( The smoke may have cleared from the tunnel fire - but the picture now becoming even more grim. As grief and mourning settle into this Austrian ski resort town of Kaprun -- recovery teams start removing some of the bodies. At least 159 people perished over the weekend -- trapped in firey cable car that had been heading up a ski slope through a mountain tunnel.

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Narr: "Night-marish" is how they're describing it -- many of the bodies charred beyond recognition. The Victims were mostly Austrians but include 8 Americans on a Weekend Holiday from a German Military base. This man and his daughter arrived a few moments after the ill-fated train left for the summit.
Sot: 20:21:15 "You come down on this vacation and expect to ski -- nothing would ever enter our mind of this magnitude."
Narr: The bodies are being flown to the capital Saltzburg for DNA tests. This is believed to be the worst accident involving skiers being transported by cable car. Investigators believe the fire started before the train entered the tunnel. A national Memorial service is to be held Friday.
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[Habitat-Humanity]


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Several low-income families awaiting new homes from Habitat for Humanity will have to wait a little longer. The New River Valley chapter says 100-thousand dollars is missing from N-R-C Management Services, which managed its finances. Without the money, the charity says its forced to delay completion of at least four of seven houses being readied for families. In all, 580-thousand dollars was reported missing from N-R-C clients, which include dozens of other charities. The FBI is investigating.



[Sonogram-Service]


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The Crisis Pregnancy Center in Roanoke is offering a new sonogram service.
It's one of the many services the center provides women free of charge.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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The new sonogram service at the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Roanoke is a celebration for women who are pregnant or think they're pregnant and are in need of help.

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((TOM CLARK/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: PEOPLE COME HERE WHEN THEY'RE IS A CRISIS PREGNANCY THEY MAY HAVE A PREGNANCY THAT WAS UNPLANNED MAYBE THEY AREN'T SURE IF THEY WANT TO KEEP IT.))
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The sonogram will be used as a limited ultrasound procedure to determine if the woman is pregnant. It can show a detailed view of a fetus five weeks after conception.

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((DR. KEVIN DYE/MEDICAL DIRECTOR: WE HAVE THE CLIENT ON THE TABLE AND WE TAKE THIS DEVICE WHICH WE USE, PUT A LITTLE JELLY ON THE LADIES ABDOMEN AND RUB THE TRANSDUCER UP AGAINST THE UTERUS AND BY USING SOUND WAVES IT WILL PROVIDE A DETAILED VIEW OF THE DEVELOPING FETUS.))
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It took a year of planning and 16-thousand dollars in donations to make this new service possible. And with more then 800 women using the center's services each year, the sonogram will be an added benefit in the health care of the unborn child and mother. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))



[Boucher-Trip]


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Newly re-elected 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher will travel to Germany on business.
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The Congressman has been invited to speak at a conference on Internet commerce next month in Germany. Boucher is expected to voice support for e-commerce taxes when he addresses members of the European Union.
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[Box-Office]


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Adam Sandler's devils were no match for ''Charlie's Angels'' at the weekend box office.

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The female detectives took in 25 (m) million dollars to remain the number-one box office draw for the second weekend in a row.

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Little Nicky starring Adam Sandler debuted at number 2. Men of Honor opened at number 3. Meet the Parents slips to number 4. And Red Planet rounds out the top 5.

[Craft-Fair]


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Some early birds got a jump start on the holiday shopping season at the Salem Civic Center.
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The 12-th annual Stocked Market Fair sponsored by the Junior League of the Roanoke Valley brought out hundreds of holiday shoppers. Of course there were plenty of crafts, holiday goodies, and what everyone could use during the holidays - a stress relieving massage.
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((JESSICA BRIM/ORGANIZER: WE HOLD IT THE SECOND WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER EVERY YEAR AND WE'D LIKE TO THINK WE'RE THE ANNUAL KICK OFF FOR THE BIG HOLIDAY SEASON. THE WEATHER STARTS TO CHANGE IT'S GETS A LITTLE COOLER NOW THAT HALLOWEEN IS OVER AND SO WE THINK THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START.))
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The annual fair raises more then 125-thousand dollars each year ..
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[Dog-Graduation]


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Two graduates are entering the "real world" with knowledge that will help others.
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Two service dogs graduated from Saint Francis of Assisi's training program. The dogs began their training when they were seven weeks old and spent two years learning skills to help the disabled.

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((TERESA KELLY: THEIR TRAINER TEACHES THEM OVER 50 DIFFERENT TASKS, HOW TO TURN ON THE LIGHT SWITCH, HOW TO GO AND GET HELP , HOW TO GO GET SOMETHING OUT OF THE REFRIGERATOR, SPECIFIC TASKS A DISABLED PERSON MIGHT NEED THAT WILL HELP THEM IN THEIR EVERYDAY LIFE.))
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The cost of training a dog is close to 10-thousand dollars, but the person who receives the dog pays only 2-hundred 50 dollars. To keep costs down, the program relies on people to give the puppies a good home for a year before they're sent to the trainer.
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[OPEC]


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In business news this afternoon, No big changes in oil production are on the horizon--
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OPEC ministers wrapped up their meeting in Vienna, decided NOT to increase production anytime soon.
The group says it'll meet again January 17th.
Over the weekend, OPEC said it tried to cap prices by pumping an extra three-point-seven-million barrels a day this year.
Members blame speculation, high fuel taxes and refining bottlenecks for the soaring gasoline and heating costs.
(------------) Meanwhile, oil prices rose after word came out that OPEC was not increasing production.