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[TALENT=Kimberly]

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Republican Vice- Presidential candidate Dick Cheney is out of the hospital.
And the recounting continues in two Florida counties as Sunday's certification deadline draws closer.
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And local malls are packed with big bargains and eager shoppers.
Jennifer Miele checks in with the shopping report from Valley View Mall.
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After some very cold weather over the past week... a calm day is in store today but tomorrow it looks like we'll be getting wet. Forecast details are coming up.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Join us for News 7 at noon, NEXT.



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No holiday weekend for vote counters in Broward County, Florida, where the tedious work goes on.
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[Recount]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Republican supporters are gathered outside, as the vote counters resumed work this morning.
Yesterday, Al Gore picked up 88 votes in Broward County.
Meanwhile, George W- Bush's running mate Dick Cheney is out of the hospital after suffering a mild heart attack.
Gretchen Carlson has an update.
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[SUPER=701-Ted Olson/Bush Campaign Attorney]
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((After a short break for a Thanksgiving meal, vote counters were back at their posts this morning. They're working to meet Sunday's deadline to send final tallies to the Florida secretary of state.
This while both camps await a decision from the U-S Supreme Court. Republican attorneys are asking the court to stop all hand counting.
Ted Olson/Bush Campaign Attorney 07:08:16 "We have said right from the beginning that the process in Florida should be the rules as set forth in Florida law at the time of the election."
Meantime, a major setback for Al Gore Thursday night, when the Florida Supreme Court refused his request to force Miami-Dade County to hand count ballots. County election officials stopped counting on Wednesday, saying they wouldn't be able to meet Sunday's deadline.
David Boies/Gore Campaign Attorney "What they effectively did was disenfranchise the voters of that county. We've said from the beginning that we wanted the votes counted...however that comes out that comes out."
In Washington today, vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney was released form the hospital after suffering a minor heart attack early Wednesday morning. Doctors say his condition now is good.
Nat Pop Cheney Release
With just 3 days left until the vote count must be in ... this race has become a race against time. But will it end then? Lawyers for both sides have raised the possibility of further litigation once the recount is complete. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.))


[Holiday-Shopping]


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The day after Turkey day is shaping up to be quite filling.... the malls are packed with shoppers looking for good deals.
Jennifer Miele talked with three die-hard shoppers at Valley View Mall.
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[SUPER=01-Kathy Barnett/Holiday Shopper;:47]
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[Playstation2]


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There's one hot gift item shoppers won't find in stores today.... the Sony Playstation 2.
Meredyth Censullo has an update on when more of the entertainment centers are expected to hit the shelves in our area.
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[SUPER=01-Ed Derham/"Target" Store Manager; :42 -- QUICK!!!]
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((Tammy Sollers has been walking malls across the mid-Atlantic looking for this year's hot Christmas gift...

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((TAMMY SOLLERS: I HAVE BEEN FROM MARYLAND TO ROANOKE VIRGINIA TRYING TO GET THIS PLAYSTATION 2.)) [RUNS :05]
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But good luck trying to find the popular entertainment system.

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((THERE'S NO PLAYSTATION 2 ANYWHERE.)) [RUNS :02]
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Sony launched the product last month. 500-thousand units hit store shelves nationwide - all were snatched up within hours. And although the company says it'll ship out 100-thousand more each week 'til Christmas, there's a good chance most folks will have to go without.

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((ED DERHAM: UNFORTUNATELY THE AVAILABILITY MAKES IT WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY END UP PUTTING AN I-O-U UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE.)) [RUNS :05]
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Roanoke's Target store has only received 5 more Playstation 2's since the initial release last month. And there's no word when more will be arriving.

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((WE GET MULTIPLE CALLS EVERY DAY BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE DON'T KNOW WHEN THEY'RE GONNA BE COMING IN.)) [RUNS :03]
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The same story next door at Best Buy - where folks camped out last month to snatch up the consoles. As for K-Mart, they're in the dark too, although the store on Hershberger Road is expecting a shipment sometime before Christmas. And both of Roanoke's Wal-Marts haven't heard if they'll be putting anymore Playstation2's on the shelves... Though the Christiansburg store has been told it's out of luck.

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((MEREDYTH CENSULLO: BUT IF YOU SIMPLY DON'T HAVE TIME TO GO STORE HOPPING, YOU CAN ALWAYS LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING...BUT BE PREPARED TO PAY. AT THE POPULAR INTERNET AUCTION SITE EBAY, I DID FIND SEVERAL PLAYSTATION 2'S FOR BID, BUT THE PRICES ARE AS HIGH AS 850-DOLLARS.)) [RUNS :16]
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So it looks like the hot commodity of this Christmas will be found under the trees of only the incredibly lucky -

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((MERRY CHRISTMAS! HO HO HO!)) [RUNS :03]
or persistent...

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((TAMMY SOLLERS: I'M JUST GONNA KEEP TRYING. I'M NOT GONNA SAY I CAN'T FIND ONE...I'M GONNA KEEP TRYING. AS LONG AS ITS WITHIN MY BUDGET, I'M GONNA KEEP TRYING...)) [RUNS :06]
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So some parents will have to resort to I-O-U's... Unless your kids set their sights on something other than a Playstation 2.

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((REPORTER: WHAT ARE YOU GONNA ASK SANTA FOR FOR CHRISTMAS? ZACK: UM....A TELESCOPE.)) [RUNS :07]
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Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke.))










[Spain-Protest]


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Nearly a million people took to the streets of Spain to protest the slaying of a highly- respected former government minister.
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No one's claimed responsibility.
But it's the 21st killing blamed on the Basque separatist group, E-T-A this year.
Spanish leaders led the march to protest Tuesday's shooting of 63- year- old Ernest (yooch)Lluch.
(Yooch) Lluch served as health minister in the mid 80s.
He was gunned down as he stepped from his car at his apartment building in Barcelona.
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[Mideast-Peace]


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New clashes have erupted between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the West Bank.
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A soldier was injured, then received medical attention immediately afterward.
Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets in response to the stone throwing.
In all, 265 people have been killed since the fighting began, most of them Palestinians.
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[School-Threats]


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A bill ensuring prosecution for threats made to harm or kill people at school has taken a step forward in Virginia's capitol.
The House Courts of Justice Committee has approved the bill that makes it a prosecutable crime to make verbal OR written threats to people at school.. even if those threats are made to a third party.


[Deer-Hunting]


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Many hunters spent the day in the woods before the big Thanksgiving feast.
And so far - hunters say it's a good season.
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Hunters report deer are plentiful and chilly weather this week has made them more active.
Todd Palmerton bagged a small buck in southwest Roanoke County, but drove to Craig County to find an open checking station on the holiday.
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((TODD PALMERTON/HUNTER: I WAS FORTUNATE THE RUT WAS ON BECAUSE THIS DEER WAS FOLLOWING SOME DOES. AND I MISSED HIM THE FIRST TIME... PULLED UP THE SEAT AND THEN HE SHOWED UP.))
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The Hunter's Den runs an annual antler contest.
While Virginia hunters are finding the racks about average size this year, a huge 12-pointer was shot in Craig County.
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((ELLEN HORN/THE HUNTER'S DEN: THAT'S THE BIGGEST DEER I'VE EVER HAD IN ONE OF MY CONTESTS. I'VE SCORED 'EM BIGGER THAT WEREN'T CHECKED HERE, BUT THEY HAVE TO CHECK 'EM HERE TO BE IN THE CONTESTS.))
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Thanksgiving Day made Roger Sinclair grateful for wildlife diversity.
A bobcat was his backup prize after he found NO deer on his hunt.
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[6-Bell-Ringer]


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Part of the holiday shopping craze are those familiar holiday bells -- the trademark of the Salvation Army fundraisers. Its seems someone's always standing outside a store seeking donations. But inside Roanoke's Valley View Mall is one bell-ringer who stands apart. Tina Tenret shares his story.
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((Only two percent of the Salvation Army bell-ringers are like Don Brizendine. He not only works for the shelter; he lives there.
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((DON BRIZENDINE: I LOST MY JOB ABOUT TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO AND I COULDN'T GET MONEY TO KEEP MY TRAILER IN FRANKLIN COUNTY. GOT EVICTED. SOLD MY TRUCK BECAUSE I COULDN'T AFFORD TO KEEP IT RUNNING.))
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As a diabetic with arthritis, Don says this is the only job he can hold. He earns five-fifty an hour, money he'll spend on clothes and gospel music C-D's. But he faces a special challenge: He says the mall won't let him ring the familiar Salvation Army bell because it's a distraction. So he must bank on his voice and eye contact to recruit donations.
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((DON BRIZENDINE: THE CHILDREN COME AROUND AT CHRISTMASTIME. YOU CAN SEE HOW HAPPY THEY ARE. THEY REALLY APPRECIATE THINGS. THEY LOVE GIVING SO WHEN THEY COME BY THE KETTLE THEY'RE ALWAYS GLAD TO PUT MONEY IN EVEN IF IT'S JUST NICKELS, DIMES, QUARTERS. IT'LL PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE.))
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Don grew up wearing handouts from the Salvation Army. Now, he says he pulls in about 150 to 200 dollars a day in donations for the organization.
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((WHEN YOU COME BY THE KETTLE, AT LEAST SMILE OR SAY SOMETHING. WE'RE NOT TRYING TO SAY COME HERE, WE NEED YOUR DONATION. AT LEAST GIVE US A SMILE OR SAY SOMETHING TO US. SAY GOOD MORNING OR GOD BLESS YOU.))
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Don's trying to qualify for disability pay, and his goal is to move out of the shelter. But until then, he'll be holding court among the Christmas shoppers -- no bell, just his smile. Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke))







[Fishing-Cat]


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Mill Mountain Zoo's newest resident may look like a domestic cat...
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But Miko (MEE-co) is anything but. She can be dangerous to people - but she has strong arms that make her particularly ferocious with fish...
In fact, Miko is a predator fishing cat, from Southeast Asia.
She was just recently introduced to the new man-made pond she'll be fishing out of this spring.
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[Zoo-Reindeer]


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Zoo visitors can also catch a peek at reindeer during the holiday season...
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((This is Noel. She's a reindeer. Reindeer and caribou are the same species. What's interesting about reindeer and caribou is that both males and females have antlers. And, as you can see, she's got a pretty nice rack on her.))
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[vo-nat] You can have your picture taken with Noel in the afternoons at Mill Mountain Zoo.
Photographs cost five dollars apiece.
Noel will also be on display in Santa's Workshop during downtown Roanoke's "Dickens of a Christmas."
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[Plane-Crash]


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A private plane caught fire near the Lynchburg airport this afternoon.
The pilot says everyone aboard the ten-passenger aircraft got off safely.
The plane is still on fire right now; people at the airport can see smoke coming from the scene of the emergency.


There's no word yet on just how the accident happened. News-7 has a crew at the airport and we'll have more information later this afternoon. But again, no one's been hurt.