[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


A Florida judge is about to announce his decision on whether to keep this afternoon's deadline for recounts in the Presidential election.
We'll have the latest.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And authorities in Nelson County are searching for a small plane reported missing last week.
(/////////////)
[TALENT=Jacey]
[SS=None]


Sunny skies may brighten up your day but our windy weather will keep us feeling cool. Forecast details coming up.

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Stay tuned-- News 7 at noon is straight ahead.



[Video-Open]


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


With the suspense of a Hollywood cliffhanger, a nation awaits the decision of a Florida judge.
(------------)


[Recount]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
We're expecting the judge's decision anytime now on whether the a looming five P-M deadline will be extended for Florida counties to certify their votes.
It appears George W- Bush' campaign is offering a compromise on the issue, in hopes of ending the battle over the recounts.
Bush advisor James Baker announced earlier today that his side is willing to accept all manual recount results that completed by five o'clock.
That is, if Al Gore's team will agree to that deadline.
Drew Levinson is joining us now from Tallahassee, Florida to sort out the latest.
[LIVE=Drew Levinson/FULL]
[SUPER=701-Drew Levinson/Reporting;]
[SUPER=703-Tallahassee, FL;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=701-James Baker/Bush Advisor;]
[SUPER=703-W. Palm Beach;]
[SUPER=701-Charles Burton/Canvassing Board;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=]

((As Florida waited for a decison from a judge to extend the deadline for the hand count Bush advisor James Baker suggested a compromise. If the Gore camp accepted the deadline they would accept the manuual vote NOT VERBATIM)

SOT: JAMES BAKER/BUSH ADVISOR.

Then ladies and gentlemen this election will not be decided by the courts.
Locator: West Palm Beach, FL And earlier this morning in Palm Beach County, just before the hand count was to begin-a surprise. The board of canvassing voted to suspend the recount because it wasnt sure it had the legal authority to do so.

sot: Charles Burton/Chairman Palm Beach Canvassing Board.

"my main objective is to follow the law ...that's why we are waiting for legal guidance on how to proceed."
That came after conflicting opinions from top state leaders. The Republican Secretary of State says a recount isnt allowed unless there
is some sort of mechanical problem. But Floridas attorney General ---A

Democrat--says a manual recount is OK under state law. Now a judge will decide.)

[LIVE=Drew Levinson/FULL]
[SUPER=705-Tallahassee, FL;]







[Missing-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Small Plane Search]


The search for a small plane missing since last week is underway in the Southeastern area of Nelson County.
[Take FS Map ESS]
Search efforts are being concentrated in the Diggs Mountain area of the County. That is within a couple of miles of the Oak Ridge Estate near Shipman.
Steve Smallshaw joins us now by phone from the command post at the Oak Ridge Estate. Steve--What can you tell us so far? [Steve Phoner]


[Kim asks Question] Did any residents report hearing a plane go down Thursday night?

[Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=00-46]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


Several people were taken to the hospital following a head- on collision in Roanoke County. [TAKE FS MAP]
It happened on Route 311 around 6:45 this morning.
Authorities say three vehicles were involved.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT]
[Super=03-Roanoke Co.]


One vehicle was stopped on the road. Another car rear-ended it, sending one of the vehicles into oncoming traffic, causing a head on collision.
Route 311 is a heavily- traveled road.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 19:40:10]
[IN Q=There is a large]

((THERE IS A LARGE AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC ON THIS ROADWAY. WE'RE PATROLLING IT AS MUCH AS WE CAN. BUT WITH THE LARGE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC, WE ARE STILL TRYING TO URGE DRIVERS TO SLOW DOWN, OBEY THE TRAFFIC SPEED LIMITS, POSTED SPEED LIMITS.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Crosier/Roanoke Co. Police]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=the posted speed limits]
(-------------)
[Anchor=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


County police say three people were taken to the hospital, though their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.





[NS-Layoffs]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-33 TC1:57:53]
[GRAPHIC=NS Layoffs]


Norfolk Southern is laying off more employees.
The company announced yesterday fourteen workers will be let go and it's closing its foundry in January.
That brings furloughs this year to nearly 10 percent of the company's workforce.
Jennifer Miele reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=In its glory days]
[SUPER=04-Norfolk Southern; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :51]
[SUPER=@JENNIFER1; 1:02]
[RUNS=1:15]
[OUT Q= News 7, Roanoke.]


(( In its glory days, Norfolk Southern's foundry was an integral part of rail car part production.
But over the past few years, the company found it to be much more cost efficient to buy parts from outside manufacturers.
That, along with a decrease in rail car traffic has forced Norfolk Southern to close the foundry, and furlough 14 employees.
But this isn't the first of the N-S cutbacks. [PRE-PRO page 1]
On January 26, the company offered 1,200 of its employees an early retirement. Three days later, NS cut 550 union workers system-wide.
Then in April, 400 more employees were let go. [PRE-PRO page 2]
On August 8, Norfolk Southern fired 228 Roanoke Car Shop workers.
And just ten days later, the company offered another non-union buyout.
Finally, back in September, 215 rail team members furloughed, many of which live in Roanoke. [END Pre-pro]
To date, 2,844 workers have been let go system wide.
That means the company has reduced its workforce by just under 10% since January. [JEN'S STANDUP] [TC:01:12:04] [RUNS15] ((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHY THESE LAYOFFS ARE HAPPENING, YOU'RE NOT ALONE. THE COMPANY SAYS THEY ARE A RESULT OF A DECREASE IN COAL EXPORTS, BUT UNION LEADERS WE TALKED TO SAY THE FURLOUGHS ARE A DIRECT RESULT OF THE CONRAIL MERGER.
JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))))


[Mideast-Peace]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Mideast Peace Talks]


Israeli leader Ehud Barak is calling for unity and support among Jewish people.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL;]


Barak addressed thousands of Jewish delegates at a conference last night in Chicago.
He urged Jewish leaders to continue supporting the Mideast peace process.
Barak also said there must be a reduction in Palestinian violence before peace talks can resume.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:09:44 ]
[IN Q=Only through a]

((EHUD BARAK/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: ONLY THROUGH A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT CAN A DO- ABLE PEACE BE ACHIEVED THAT WILL ENHANCE OUR SECURITY, GUARANTEE OUR NATIONAL INTEREST, AND END THIS TRAGEDY ONCE AND FOR ALL.))
[SUPER=01-Ehud Barak/Israeli Prime Minister;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=once and for all.]
(------------)
[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Meanwhile, Israel today sealed off Palestinian communities after four Israelis died yesterday in a drive-by shooting.

[Cherry-Hill]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=500-2 TC1:33:05]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The fourth floor of the Cherry Hill Condominium project is near completion despite a pending hearing to stop construction.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Neighbors in South Roanoke filed an injunction last month. They want construction of the condos to stop at three floors, instead of the proposed five.
While the injunction hearing is set to happen before Thanksgiving, the fourth floor is well on its way to completion.
Cherry Hill builders say they're thrilled with how well construction is going. They say they have no immediate plans to stop it.
(------------)



[Round-Hill]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-54]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[**ANCHOR TAG**] Round Hill is Southwest Virginia's first public Montessori school. A multi-million dollar grant from the U-S Department of Education helped Round Hill begin the transition to Montessori school two years ago. Meredyth Censullo has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;:00]
[SUPER=01-Teresa Potter/Teacher;:39]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sandra Clemmer/Round Hill Principal;1:03]
[SUPER=@Meredyth2;1:24]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke.]
(((///// SOT /////)
[NAT SOT @ 18:18:39 - 18:18:41]
[IN Q=OK, I]

((OK I WANT YOU TO CHECK THIS LAST ONE...))
[RUNS= :03]
[OUT Q=last one.]


It's called "Hands-on Learning for a hands-on World." Southwest Virginia's only public Montessori school is teaching its 300-plus three-to-seven year olds everything from diagramming sentences -

(///// SOT /////)
[NAT SOT @ 18:18:51 - 18:18:54]
[IN Q=OK lets look]

((OK LETS LOOK FOR THE NOUNS .. SLOP THAT'S DEFINITELY A NOUN.))
[RUNS= :04]
[OUT Q=a noun.]


To spelling success on their p-c's

(///// SOT /////)

[NATS @ 18:20:35 - 18:20:39]
[IN Q=N??]

((N??? ))
[RUNS= :04]


The program is also teaching teachers. They've all had to undergo extensive certified Montessori training.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT @ 18:31:29 - 18:31:44]
[IN Q=I totally..]

((TERESA POTTER: I TOTALLY CHANGED FROM A TRADITIONAL TEACHER TO SOMETHING COMPLETELY NEW SO IT WAS LIKE I WAS STARTING OVER - BUT ITS SO MUCH FUN TO SEE THEM ABSORBING SO MUCH SO QUICKLY AND BUILDING ON ONE THING AND JUST CONTINUING AT THEIR OWN SPEED.))
[RUNS= :15]
[OUT Q=own speed.]


Educators say the Montessori approach allows kids to work at their own pace, and that it's tailored to help boost Standards of Learning test scores.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT @ 41:18 - 41:29]
[IN Q=You will...]

((SANDRA CLEMMER: YOU WILL HAVE A LANGUAGE ARTS CENTER, A MATH CENTER, SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE CENTER ...EVERY LESSON WE TEACH IN MONTESSORI IS ALIGNED TO THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING.))
[RUNS= :11]
[OUT Q=standards of learning.]


Clemmer says SOL scores at Virginia's other public Montessori school - in Portsmouth - have gone up, but says its too soon to tell if that's the case at Round Hill. The school is still in the process of implementing the program, but they say, so far, things are just ducky. Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke.))
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Round Hill is also a magnet school. It provides a free education to students who live in the attendance zone - and other Roanoke children who apply and are selected through a weighted lottery.

[Beatles]


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


It was a hard day's night for a London record store that opened at midnight to sell the latest Beatles' release.

As Gary Cotteril reports, the greatest hits album, "One" is expected to be a big seller for the legendary band.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-London, England; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gary Cotteril/Reporting; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Alan Harrington/Beatles Fan; 1:14]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=Gary Cotteril, CBS News, London.]



[Space-Station]


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


And finally today--
The first permanent crew of the International Space Station is just now getting accustomed to its new living quarters.
Now, there's news of a SECOND crew.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Star City, Russia;]


Another three- member crew will replace the original team in February.
At Russia's Star City space training facility, the crew of ISS- Two is learning the ropes.
They include a Russian cosmonaut and two American astronauts, including a woman. (------------) Susan Helms will become the first woman aboard the International space station.