[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


It's a slap in the face of Al Gore's campaign--
A Florida judge makes a decision about Presidential recount results.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And authorities find a woman who'd been abducted from Salem, along with her children.
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[TALENT=Jacey]
[SS=None]


Sunny and cool to end the work week but changes are ahead this weekend... it may be time to break out the gloves.

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.



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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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[VO-NAT]


Score one for George W- Bush....
A Florida judge upholds the Secretary of State's decision NOT to accept anymore ballot counts.
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[Recount]


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


Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
A Florida judge says the state's highest election official has done nothing wrong in refusing to accept ballot counts after Tuesday's deadline.
In this morning's ruling, the judge said it appears Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris has ''exercised her reasoned judgment.''
The decision clears the way for the state's votes to be certified tomorrow, after overseas absentee ballots are counted tonight.
Meanwhile, Al Gore's team is expected to appeal.
Terisa Estacio reports on today's developments from Florida.
[LIVE=Terisa Estacio/FULL]
[SUPER=701-Terisa Estacio/Reporting;]
[SUPER=705-Tallahassee;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Leon Co., FL;]
[SUPER=701-Terri Cass/Circuit Court Admin.;]
[SUPER=701-Warren Christopher/Gore Campaign Advisor;]
[SUPER=701-James Baker/Bush Campaign Advisor;]
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((
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A HUGE VICTORY FOR THE BUSH CAMPAIGN. A CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE IN LEON COUNTY HAS RULED THAT FLORIDA'S SECRETARY OF STATE KATHERINE HARRIS DOES NOT HAVE TO ACCEPT LATE HAND COUNT RETURNS.

SOT: TERRI CASS/LEON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT ADMINISTRATOR

"IT APPEARS THAT THE SECRETARY HAS EXERCISED HER REASONED JUDGEMENT TO DETERMINE WHAT RELEVANT FACTORS AND CRITERIA SHOULD BE CONSIDERED, APPLIED THEM TO THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES PERTINENT TO THE INDIVIDUAL COUNTIES INVOLVED AND MADE HER DECISION, MY ORDER REQUIRES NOTHING MORE."
THIS CLEARS THE WAY FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO CERTIFY THE FLORIDA ELECTION RESULTS ONCE ALL..AFTER THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE COUNTED LATE TONIGHT. BUT, GORE CAMPAIGN ADVISOR WARREN CHRISTOPHER SAYS THE DEMOCRATS WILL APPEAL.

SOT: WARREN CHRISTOPHER/GORE CAMPAIGN ADVISOR

"THE MOST ESSENTIAL THING IS TO KEEP OPEN THE POSSIBILITY, IN DEED THE LIKELIHOOD THAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE MUST COUNT THESE VOTES.

SOT: JAMES BAKER/BUSH CAMPAIGN ADVISOR

IN PALM BEACH...THE PEOPLE HAND COUNTING THE VOTES WATCHED THE DECISION..BEFORE BREAKING FOR DISCUSSIONS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THEY AND BROWARD COUNTY CONTINUE COUNTING VOTES THAT MAY NEVER BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL TALLY. ))
[LIVE=Terisa Estacio/FULL]
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[Salem-abduction]


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The woman abducted yesterday in Salem has turned up alive and well, together with her three children.
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[SUPER=03-Salem]


Kimberly Powell was taken at gun-point from her Mother's home on Parkdale Drive yesterday morning.
Kimberly Powell and the three children were allegedly abducted by her EX-husband, 39-year old Glenn Dexter Powell of Greensboro, North Carolina.
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[Anchor=Kim]
[SS=None]


Kimberly Powell and the children are in Landover, Maryland. Police are looking for the suspect.

[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Keith Microwave;]

Keith Humphry has been talking with Salem police this morning and has the latest.
[LIVE=Keith /FULL]
[SUPER=@Keith1]
[SUPER=05-Salem]


[Keith adlibs]

[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Keith Microwave;]





[Fatal-Accident]


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[WRITER=kwe]
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A hit and run driver killed an elderly man in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Shortly after 10 last night, Roanoke City Police responded to 11-th and McDowell Avenue in the Northeast section of town. They found Hugh Ray Donald of Blue Ridge dead. So far police do not have a suspect but are investigating this case.
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[School-Retirees]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-43 TC35:20]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Roanoke County teachers are concerned about their retirement benefits following the outcome of an Indiana court case.
[SS=Roanoke Co. Schools]


The local School Board may be forced to make changes in its retirement system, and some teachers fear they will lose benefits they've been promised.
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[VO-NAT]


Members of the Roanoke County School Board and superintendent Linda Weber are reviewing a ruling that found age discrimination in the early retirement program of an Indiana school system.
[SUPER=03-Williamsburg]


School Board Attorney Pat Lacy says the case could have implications for school systems across the country.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The school boards are going]

((PAT LACY/SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY: THE SCHOOL BOARDS ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT WHETHER A CONTINGENT COULD BE MADE THAT ANY ASPECT OF THE RETIREMENT PROGRAM DISCRIMINATES ON THE BASIS OF AGE, AND IF THEY MAKE A DETERMINATION THAT IT DOES OR MAYBE THAT SOMEBODY COULD SAY IT, AND THEY WILL BE MAKING CHANGES OR PERHAPS MAKING CHANGES TO ELIMINATE THAT POSSIBILITY.))
[SUPER=01-Pat Lacy/School Board Attorney]
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[OUT Q=changes to eliminate that possibility.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Teachers are worried that those changes would be retroactive, reducing the benefits of some employees who have already retired.
No decisions have been made. The school board will discuss its dilemma at an open meeting on November 28th.

[Harlem-Choir]


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[WRITER=kwe]
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A special fundraiser got people moving at the Roanoke Civic Center. The Harlem Gospel Choir was in town last night to raise money for the Roanoke Downtown Music Lab. Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SUPER=01-Allen Bailey/Harlem Gospel Choir Founder;:22]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Hamill/Downtown Music Lab;:37]
[SUPER=01-Erika Hobson/Performer;1:14 QUICK!!]
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(([NAT SOUND HARLEM CHOIR] [RUNS5]
Their sound and energy makes you want to clap your hands and jump out of your seat. But the Harlem Gospel Choir is here to spread a message about God and to support music education for young people.

[SOT 43:23]
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((ALLEN BAILEY/FOUNDER HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR: HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A MINISTRY AND WE WORK WITH CHILDREN'S CHARITIES AND AGENCIES ALL OVER THE WORLD TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDREN'S CHARITIES.))
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One organization they're singing the praises of is the Downtown Music Lab. One was just started in Harlem and the lab in Roanoke has been attracting hundreds of teenagers.

[SOT 40:35]
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((CHARLIE HAMMEL: ALL THE PROCEEDS ARE GOING TO GO AND HELP BUILD SOME NEW ROOMS AT OUR STUDIO GET SOME NEW EQUIPMENT AND MAYBE HOPEFULLY A VAN SO WE CAN TRANSPORT THE KIDS.))
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[RUNS12]
Two teenagers who takes advantage of the recording studios is Gerald Gregory a senior at Patrick Henry High School and Erika Hobson a senior at North Side High School.
[NAT SOUND HER SINGING] [RUNS5] [FADE THE MUSIC INTO THE BITE]
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((ERIKA HOBSON: THE WHOLE MEANING BEHIND AMAZING GRACE IS SALVATION AND THAT'S REALLY THE SONG THAT GOD STARTED ME OUT ON.))
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[RUNS8]
[FADE BACK INTO HER SINGING] [RUNS5]
Roanoke's Downtown Music Lab has given her a place to share her gift.

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[INQ=]

((ERIKA HOBSON: YOU JUST GET TO RELIEVE YOURSELF WHATEVER GIFTS YOU HAVE WRITING YOUR MUSIC, SINGING IT, PLAYING IT, SO IT'S COOL))
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[RUNS6]
And if the Harlem Gospel Choir has its way music labs for teenagers would pop up across the country. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))

[Chopper-Crash]


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


The pilot of a television news helicopter is dead after crashing in Texas.
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[SUPER=03-Houston, TX;]


Witnesses say the chopper clipped some power lines, crashed into a business complex and then burst into flames.


The aircraft belonged to a Fox station in Houston.
A station spokesperson says the pilot was probably heading back to his home base.
Officials say the pilot was the only person on board at the time of the crash.
Authorities are investigating its cause.

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[Russia-Buiding]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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The world's second tallest building is in danger of collapse--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Moscow, Russia;]


A fire gutted the landmark Moscow television tower in August.
Since then, the structure has developed cracks in its concrete walls.
A construction official says that's because the government failed to repair the fire damage quickly.
The blaze killed three people, and knocked out television service to nearly 15 million.
The tower was the world's tallest free- standing structure until 19-75, when it was surpassed by a Toronto tower.
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[Roanoke-fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=jje]
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A Roanoke home was destroyed by fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The fire broke out at about 5:30 yesterday in this home on Barnhill Avenue Southwest-
A neighbor called and firefighters quickly had the blaze under control.
The tenants were at home when flames broke out- but they got out- no one was hurt.
Officials have not determined what started the fire.
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[County-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
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Roanoke County's Fire Chief says people run the risk of fire when they keep flammable material in their furnace room.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

A townhouse near Brookside Golf Course suffered 75-thousand-dollars in damage when a gas leaked into the furnace room and ignited. The residents were NOT home, but one of their cats died. The fire chief reminds people to keep clothing, boxes and other combustible items away from the furnace.
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[Echostar]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-39]
[GRAPHIC=Echostar]


Montgomery County's largest private employer is open.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


EchoStar Communications cut the ribbon yesterday on its customer service center in the Falling Branch Industrial Park.
The company is one of the country's top-providers of satellite dish technology.
The center already employs 850 people to field customer's technical support questions.
EchoStar says its most challenging technical work is done by employees in Christiansburg.
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[SOT 10:00 - 10:11]
[IN Q=That is a symbol]

((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) 9TH DISTRICT: THAT IS A SYMBOL OF THE TECHNOLOGY-BASED ECONOMY THAT WE ANTICIPATE FOR THE NEW RIVER VALLEY AND ALL OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IN THE IMMEDIATE YEARS AHEAD. ))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Rick Boucher/(D) 9th District;]
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[OUT Q=immediate years ahead.]
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[VO-NAT]


EchoStar says it hopes to hire 15-hundred workers, but that it has room to hire as many as 2-thousand.
The company also hopes to forge a partnership to develop products with Virginia Tech.
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[Clinton-Vietnam]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
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[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


With a cloud of uncertainty over who will become the NEXT U-S President, the current leader is making history in Vietnam.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hanoi, Vietnam;]


President Clinton is the first American President to visit the nation since the war ended a quarter- century ago.


Under a huge bust of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's communist leaders offered Mr. Clinton a warm welcome.
During a live nationwide speech, the President paid tribute to those who died on both sides.
But he says it's important to now focus on the future.
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[SOT 10:12:59]
[IN Q=Finally, America]

((FINALLY, AMERICA IS COMING TO SEE VIETNAM AS YOUR PEOPLE HAVE ASKED FOR YEARS, AS A COUNTRY, NOT A WAR.))
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[OUT Q=not a war]
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[VO-NAT]


President Clinton took the opportunity to encourage Vietnam to take part in world trade.
He also vowed that America's first priority in Vietnam is to continue searching for the remains of U-S servicemen.


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[Pet-Insurance]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-40 TC1:11:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some pet owners want to insure their dogs and cats live long healthy lives.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Trish Fisher has pet health insurance for her dogs Domino and Remington.
She says because her pets are getting older she wants make sure they're taken care of --so that they can live as long as possible.
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[SOT21:40]
[IN Q=It just makes me feel better]

((TRISH FISHER: IT JUST MAKES ME FEEL BETTER THAT IT'S THERE FOR THEM AND I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MAKING THAT DECISION BETWEEN HAVING TO TAKE CARE OF MY PET OR FOOD OR SOMETHING))
[SUPER=01-Trish Fisher/Pet Owner;]
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[OUT Q=food or something.]
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[VO-NAT]


Fisher pays about 40 dollars a month for each dog for her policies through Veterinary Pet Insurance.
That covers everything from emergency services to routine care such as dental cleanings, vaccinations and heart worm medication.
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[SOT46:59]
[IN Q=Pet owners are realizing]

((DR. DAVID ROLFE: PET OWNERS ARE REALIZING THAT THERE ARE MORE DIAGNOSTIC TESTS THAT CAN BE DONE WITH THEIR ANIMALS, ANYTHING FROM CAT SCANS, TO MRI'S, EVEN THE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT THAT'S HOT IN THE LOCAL NEWS RIGHT NOW))
[SUPER=01-Dr. David Rolfe/Roanoke Animal Hospital]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=right now]
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[VO-NAT]


Rolfe says sometimes pets have to be put down because their owners can't afford to pay for certain procedures -- so he believes pet insurance can save animals.
For more information on pet insurance contact your local veterinarian.
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[New-Wine]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-50]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Wine lovers across the world are celebrating
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

the release of the first of the year 2000 vintage. It's a Beaujolais nouveau -- and Scott Sarver took the day off for the occasion.
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[SOT 12:09:38]
[IN Q=It tastes]

((SCOTT SARVER/CUSTOMER: IT TASTES VERY VERY GOOD WITH GREAT COLOR AND CLARITY. IT SHOULD BE A VERY ENJOYABLE WINE OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON.))
[SUPER=01-Scott Sarver/Customer;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=over the holiday season]
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[VO-NAT]

Bottles of the Beaujolais were airlifted from France to the Lee & Edwards shop in Roanoke. Worldwide, the year's first wine is always released on the third Thursday of November.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[France-Wine]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Wipe]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lyon, France]


The celebration was much bigger in France.
Hardcore Beaujolais fans had stayed up until midnight Wednesday to be among the first to taste the young wine.
It is one of France's most popular exports -- half of the 60 million bottles produced last year were tasted outside France's borders. (------------)