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The race is on--
A Ryder truck is heading to Tallahassee, Florida with nearly a half- million Presidential ballots.
A live update, coming up.
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And jurors are at a standstill as they deliberate the fate of a 16- year- old girl accused of killing her grandfather.
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Windy and cool today with the sun being more of a key player tomorrow. Which way will the temperatures go? We'll find out in the forecast.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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News 7 at noon is straight ahead.





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All eyes are on a Ryder rental truck-- this time it's loaded with Presidential ballots on their way to Tallahassee.
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[Recount]


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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Hundreds of thousands of ballots from Palm Beach County have begun a 450-mile ride to Tallahassee, where they MIGHT be re-counted.
The Ryder truck left shortly before eight this morning.
An elections worker is behind the wheel, along with an armed security escort.
Another shipment of ballots, one from Miami-Dade County, is expected tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Al Gore and his legal team have appealed to Florida's highest court, asking that further court hearings be stopped, and that a recount start immediately.
With all the latest, here's Drew Levinson.
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(( THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE TOOK A DETOUR TODAY FROM WEST PALM BEACH TO TALLAHASSEE. ALMOST A HALF MILLION PALM BEACH COUNTY BALLOTS HEADED NORTH. THOSE BALLOTS, ALONG WITH OTHERS FROM MIAMI DADE COUNTY, WILL BE DELIVERED TO CIRCUIT COURT IN TALLAHASSEE WHERE A HEARING IS SET FOR SATURDAY ON WHETHER THOSE BALLOTS SHOULD BE RECOUNTED.
BUT LAWYERS FOR VICE PRESIDENT GORE ARE LOOKING FOR ACTION RIGHT NOW. THIS MORNING THEY ASKED THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT FOR AN IMMEDIATE HANDCOUNT OF BALLOTS.

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...we are getting to the point ..if we don't start now votes aren't going to get counted....
AND WHILE THE LEGAL WRANGLING CONTINUES, VICE PRESIDENT GORE HAS UNDERTAKEN A ONE MAN MEDIA BLITZ... DECLARING OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT THOUSANDS OF VOTES HAVE NEVER BEEN COUNTED.
FOR HIS PART, GOVERNOR BUSH REMAINS AT HIS TEXAS RANCH. HE PLANS TO MEET TODAY WITH COLIN POWELL.... FUELING SPECULATION THAT THE RETIRED GENERAL WILL BE NAMED SECRETARY OF STATE IF OR WHEN BUSH TAKES OFFICE.
IN WASHINGTON, D-C... ANOTHER CRITICAL HEARING IS SET FOR TOMORROW BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. THE ISSUE THERE.. WHETHER FLORIDA'S HIGHEST COURT HAD THE AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR FILING LATE RETURNS.

(standup: (not verbatim) ALSO THIS MORNING GORE'S ATTORNEYS HAVE ASKED

THE U.S.SUPREME COURT TO RULE THAT FLORIDA LEGISLATORS DO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ASSIGN THE STATES 25 ELECTORAL VOTES TO GEORGE W. BUSH AS THEY HAVE THREATENED. ) ))
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[Martin]


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A Carroll County jury is still deliberating the fate of a 16 year old girl charged with murdering her grandfather in his sleep.
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Marya Jones has been following the trial and is outside the Carroll County Courthouse with more.
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Question?????
Marya---do you know why the jury is deadlocked?



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An autopsy is expected to be performed today on a woman who was found shot to death in Roanoke County's Green Hill Park.
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Roanoke County police say the body was discovered around 4 yesterday afternoon in a remote area of the park..
Investigators sealed off the park for more than five hours while they examined the scene. They say the woman died of a gunshot wound .. Detectives say they ARE following up on leads.
Right now they do NOT suspect foul play.
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((DETECTIVE CHRIS NIELSEN/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: WE ARE IN FACT STILL IN A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION, HOWEVER IT DOES APPEAR THE GUN SHOT WAS SELF INFLICTED.))
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The woman's name has not been released.
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[Salem-Abduction]


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The man who allegedly kidnapped his wife and three children is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate in Roanoke today.
Meantime there's some new information about the abduction that happened in Salem two weeks ago.
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It started on Parkdale Drive.
According to an F-B-I affidavit, Kimberly Powell said Glenn Powell continually threatened to kill her as they drove to Maryland.
When they got there, he took their nine year old son in with him to register for a room at an Extended Stay America.
In the morning, Kimberly says Glenn sent her to wash some clothes, but kept the nine-year old with him.
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When she returned to the room, she convinced him to let her take all three children, because she said he had the keys to the van, money and baby supplies.
She went to the front desk and told the manager she'd been kidnapped.


[Rubatex]


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Rubatex and its Union are moving ahead with contract negotiations.
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Corporate officials met yesterday with plant management to brief them on the labor issues in dispute.
Company and union leaders were also supposed to meet at a Roanoke hotel yesterday afternoon- but for whatever reason- the meeting never took place- at least not at that location.
After nine-months on strike, Rubatex union members went back to work under terms of their old contract in June.
They've been working ever since without a new one.
Company officials say negotiations are moving steadily forward.
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[Heilig-Meyers]


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Despite company wide losses of nearly six hundred million dollars, Heilig-Meyers stores in Roanoke are still up and running.
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Stores in the Roanoke Valley are holding their annual holiday sales, seemingly unaffected by the furniture chain's tremendous losses.
The home furnishings giant filed for bankruptcy in September.
Roanoke Valley stores are safe for now, but five stores in our area will close-- those in Radford, Martinsville, Christiansburg, Collinsville and Rainell, West Virginia.
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The Roanoke County School Board may make more changes to its revamped Early Retirement Incentive Program.
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Yesterday afternoon, teachers and school retirees gathered at Cave Spring High School to talk about changes that would affect their supplemental benefits.
The President of the Roanoke County Education Association says teachers are upset and disappointed, but Kitty Boitnott says the group is still reviewing the issue.
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((KITTY BOITNOTT/RCEA PRESIDENT: WE'RE STILL IN THE COLLECTION MODE AS FAR AS GETTING AS MUCH INFORMATION AS WE CAN. THE SCHOOL BOARD HASN'T MADE A FINAL DECISION. THEY ARE STILL TWEAKING WHATEVER PLAN THEY'VE BEEN CONSIDERING, AND SO WE'RE WANTING TO SEE WHAT THEIR FINAL RECOMMENDATION WILL BE.))
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School Board Chairman Jerry Canada says the board is trying to address teachers' concerns, and he does expect some changes in the proposal.
He says it's likely that school officials will hold another briefing on the subject within the next two weeks.
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[Franklin-Dog]


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A Virginia Tech pathologist will examine the remains of a dog that Franklin County investigators think was tortured.
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The deerhound was found dead and mutilated Tuesday in a neighbor's yard. A veterinarian says the dog died from a blunt trauma to her left side. Investigators think someone tortured the animal and say the dog was cleanly skinned after she died. They're counting on the Tech pathologist to examine the dog's organs and say exactly how she was killed. Results are due Monday.
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Attorneys for families of the Columbine shooting victims plan to make a counter offer.
They hope to settle some of the lawsuits filed in the case.
This comes after yesterday's offer made on behalf of the families of the teen gunmen.
Rick Sallinger reports.
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[Endeavor]


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The skies are about to get a little brighter--
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The Space Shuttle Endeavor is sitting on the launch pad.
It's scheduled to lift late tonight.
On the mission, Endeavor will carry 600- million dollars worth of solar panels.
The equipment will provide much- needed power for the international space station, Alpha.
But the mission could be dangerous--
A spacewalking astronaut could receive shock from static electricity discharged as the space station zooms around Earth.
NASA has taken steps, though, to reduce that risk.
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[Powerball]


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Just in time for holiday shopping--
Someone in New Mexico is 131- million dollars richer after winning the multi- state Powerball lottery.
The single ticket matched all six numbers in last night's huge drawing.
Powerball is sold in 20 states and in the District of Columbia.

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It's looking a LOT like Christmas in the Big Apple.
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The 80- foot Christmas tree in the Rockefeller Center was lit last night.
30- thousand lights brought the world- famous tree to life.
More than 100- thousand people gathered for the 68th annual lighting that was also nationally aired.
Among those performing at the event, Marc Anthony, 98- Degrees, Natalie Cole, and Destiny's Child.
Appearing on Rockefeller's ice rink were Olympic figure skating champ Tara Lipinski and the Radio City Rockettes(------------) .