[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Even with a deadline looming for states to name their electors, the U-S Supreme Court is still pondering whether to allow hand recounts to continue.
A ruling could make or break Al Gore's chances for the White House.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the U-S Marine corps decides to ground some of its aircraft after a fatal crash last night in North Carolina.

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[TALENT=Jacey]
[SS=None]


Temperatures are falling quickly today and our strong winds will fall with them. The cold forecast is straight ahead.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.


[Video-Open]


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


A nation waits as the U-S Supreme Court considers its decision in the case of Bush versus Gore.

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[Recount]


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


Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Both Presidential candidates are keeping a low profile as they wait, along with the rest of America for the U-S Supreme Court ruling.
The nine justices are deliberating whether manual recounts of contested ballots should continue in Florida.
There is no indication from the court on when the justices will return with their decision.
Whatever it is, it's sure to tip the scales of justice AND the Presidency toward one candidate.
But there is one time constraint-- Today is the deadline for states to certify their slate of electors.
Gretchen Carlson has more now from Washington.
[LIVE=Gretchen Carlson/FULL]
[SUPER=701-Gretchen Carlson/Reporting;]
[SUPER=705-Washington, DC;]


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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Washington, DC;]
[SUPER=701-Jan Greenburg/Chicago Tribune Reporter;]
[SUPER=701-Bradford Berenson/Former Kennedy Clerk;]
[SUPER=703-Tallahassee, FL;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=on that issue.]

((
(TRACK 1)

The scene outside the court is quiet this morning. Most of the protesters are gone.. just one or two die-hards remain. While the country and the candidates continue to wait - legal experts continue to try and decipher which way the High Court will rule. Right now, most seem to be predicting a Bush victory.

(SOT) Jan Greenburg/Chicago Tribune Reporter

If I were Vice President Gore, with every passing hour, my heart would be sinking because I think the longer the Court waits to release this decision may be an indication that they are going to be ruling for Governor Bush.

(SOT) Bradford Berenson/Former Kennedy Clerk

While its always hazardous to predict outcomes based on the argument it clearly appeared that there was a majority of at least 5 and maybe more for reversing the Florida Supreme Court.

(TRACK 2)

But until a ruling is announced, no one knows for sure what the 9 justices are thinking. During Mondays hearing, several justices seemed to be troubled whether or not this case is a federal issue. Another problem Florida law offers no uniform objective standard for counting the votes.

(Nat of Florida House)



(TRACK 3)

Meantime in Tallahassee, the Florida House is moving forward with its plans to give Floridas 25 electors to Governor Bush. Today they convened to vote on that issue. ))
[LIVE=Gretchen Carlson/FULL]
[SUPER=705-Washington, DC;]






[Osprey-Crash]


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


The commandant of the U-S Marine Corps has grounded all M-V-22 Osprey aircraft after a crash that killed four crew members in North Carolina.
He's also asking Defense Secretary William Cohen to convene a panel of experts to review the troubled 40-billion-dollar program.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Onslow Co., NC;]


Last night's crash in a densely- wooded area near Jacksonville was the second fatal Osprey accident this year.
In April, 19 Marines died when an Osprey crashed in Arizona.
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Meanwhile, a Marine spokesman answered questions at the Pentagon about this latest incident. .
He released the name of one of the dead, Lt. Colonel Keith Sweeney, and indicated his confidence in the ability of the crew.
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[SOT 11:21:09 ]
[IN Q=If I flew]

((CAPT. JAMES RICH/U.S. MARINE CORPS: IF I FLEW WITH ANYONE, I THINK OUT OF THE ENTIRE MARINE CORPS, WHEN I'D BE IN THE BACK, I'D WANT IT TO BE WITH LT.COLONEL SWEENEY. ))
[SUPER=01-Capt. James Rich/U.S. Marine Corps;]
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[OUT Q=Lt. Col. Sweeney.]
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[VO-NAT]


The spokesman also said the Pentagon has been asked to delay a decision on giving the go- ahead to begin full- scale production of the Osprey.
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[Body-found]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke Police are still investigating the death of a man they found at Lincoln Terrace Apartment Complex late Saturday night.
They say 51 year old Cleveland Junior Martin died from a blunt force trauma to the head.
It apparently occurred sometime in the twenty four hours prior to the discovery of Martin's body.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Roanoke Police or Crime Line at 344-8500.
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[I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-44]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]

[**ANCHOR TAG**] Franklin County residents have the chance to voice their concerns to The Virginia Department of Transportation today on the future of Interstate 73. Last night it was Southsides' turn. Meredyth Censullo reports a majority of residents there favor the project, saying "good roads make good economics."
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Dupont...]
[SUPER=01-George Goreman/I-73 Supporter; :00 quick!]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :15]
[SUPER=01-Tim Hall/Henry Co. Spokesperson; :38]
[SUPER=01-Warren Robertson/I-73 Supporter; 1:08]
[SUPER=@Meredyth1;1:15]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville]



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[SOT tape #2 - 27:27 - 27:31]
[IN Q=Dupont...]

((DUPONT...GORMATEX...SARA LEE SEWING...MARTINSVILLE NOVELTY...)) [RUNS:04]
[OUT Q=Martinsville Novelty]


One man called it a "Corporate Obituary." Businesses that have gone under or downsized in the past 7 years. Southside residents say I-73 could stimulate their recovering economy.

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[SOT Tape #2 - 32:53 - 32:58]
[IN Q=This is...]

((THIS IS OUR LIFELINE - THIS IS NOT A LUXURY, THIS IS A NECESSITY.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=a necessity.]


Henry and Pittsylvania County governments support I-73, favoring the proposed Eastern route which runs between Martinsville and Danville. But they say they'll take it where they can get it.

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[SOT #2 33:30 - 33:43]
[IN Q=Given the...]

((GIVEN THE SEASON, THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO ASK FOR A WISHLIST - THIS IS OUR WISHLIST - I-73 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WILL GET US WHERE WE NEED TO BE.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=to be.]


((BUTT BUTT BUTT))

[NAT SOT @ TAPE #2 11:25]

((YOU'RE RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF WHERE WE WERE GONNA BUILD OUR HOUSE...WE WERE GONNA PUT A HOME...)) [RUNS:04]
All of the routes V-DOT is considering would uproot homes and businesses .. But these folks say they're willing to make sacrifices to get the economy back on track.

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[SOT Tape #1: 1:04:07 - 04:14]
[IN Q=I think it...]

((I THINK IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO GET THIS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS..THERE WILL BE A PLACE FOR THEM.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=there for them.]



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[SOT Tape #2 14:16:44 - 17:03]
[IN Q=VDOT plans...]

((VDOT PLANS....THE SPRING OF NEXT YEAR. MEREDYTH CENSULLO, NEWS7, MARTINSVILLE.)) [RUNS:19]
[OUT Q=News7, Martinsville.]))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]

VDOT will hear from Franklin County residents from 2 until 9 today at Benjamin Franklin Middle school in Rocky Mount.

Roanoke County residents will get their say later this week.















[County-Retirement]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-49 16:36]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]


Roanoke County teachers and retirees will learn the school board's final decision concerning changes to thier Early Retirement Incentive plan next week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;]


The school board is expected to alter the plan. Last night-- hundreds of retirees gathered to urge the board to leave the retirement plan as it is. The changes include a REDUCTION in salary and health insurance benefits.
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[sot 02:21: ]
[IN Q=I think]

((HOMER DUFF: I THINK YOU DO ME A PERSONAL INJUSTICE AND I THINK YOU'RE DOING ALL OF US AN INJUSTICE IF YOU NOW MAKE A DECISION TO CHANCE SOMETHING THAT ALL OF US ENTERED IN GOOD FAITH.))
[SOT 02:14:07 ]

((DENNIS SEMONES: I BELIEVE WE SHOULD HONOR OUR COMMITMENT TO THESE RETIREES AND PROVIDE FOR THEM EVEN AT THE EXPENSE OF THOSE OF US WHO MAY RETIRE IN THE FUTURE.))
[SUPER=07-Homer Duff; :00]
[SUPER=07-Dennis Semones; :10 ]
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[out q= in the future.]
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[VO-NAT]

The board says the changes are necessary in order to comply with the E-E-O-C. School board members are expected to make their final decision next Monday.
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[South-Name]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net U]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]

Roanoke County's new high school will be named in January.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;]

Possible names for the new south county high school were unveiled at last night's Roanoke County school board meeting. An advisory committee has come up with four possibilities.
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[SOT 02:06:10]
[IN Q=Hidden valley]

((MARTY ROBISON/ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: HIDDEN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, WOODSEND HIGH SCHOOL, NOTTINGHAM HILLS HIGH SCHOOL AND SPRING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL.))
[SUPER=01-Marty Robison/Advisory Committee Chairman; :00]
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[OUT Q= high school.]
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[VO-NAT]

The advisory group met for several months to come up with the names-- the board is expected to pick one of them in January.
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[Clinton-Ireland]


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


In the midst of the political crisis in the U-S, President Clinton is promoting peace in Northern Ireland.
The President has begun a three- day visit to Ireland and Great Britain.
Richard Roth reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Dublin, Ireland;]
[SUPER=01-Richard Roth/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:03]
[OUT Q=Roth, CBS News, Dublin.]

((
NARR: IT'S HIS THIRD VISIT TO THE IRISH REPUBLIC AND BRITISH NORTHERN IRELAND SINCE TAKING OFFICE AND IT COMES AT A TIME WHEN THE PEACE PROCESS HE'S HELPED BROKER IS FACING NEW HURDLES.
IN DUBLIN THIS MORNING, GREETED BY IRISH PRIME MINISTER BERTIE AHEARN, MR. CLINTON'S BEGUN A ROUND OF MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS -- ON A SCHEDULE THAT ALSO INCLUDES A STOP AIMED AT HIGHLIGHTING IRELAND'S ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP WITH AMERICA.
BUT IT WILL BE AS HE MOVES NORTH, TO A TOWN NEAR THE BORDER WITH NORTHERN IRELAND AND THEN TO EVENTS INSIDE THE BRITISH PROVINCE, THAT HE'LL BE WORKING, HE SAYS, TO "PURGE DEMONS OF THE PAST" THAT STILL HAUNT PEACE EFFORTS.
IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY RELUCTANCE TO SURRENDER WEAPONS AND ARGUMENTS OVER BRITISH POLICING OF THE PROVINCE ARE AMONG THE STUMBLING BLOCKS.
ROTH ON CAMERA: NO GREAT BREAKTHROUGH'S PREDICTED. BUT WHAT MR. CLINTON STILL HAS IS THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY - AND AS A BRITISH OFFICIAL PUT IT, SOMETIMES IT TAKES A BIG PLAYER TO REMIND PEOPLE OF THE BIG PICTURE.

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


Meanwhile, resumed peace talks may be within reach in the Middle East.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hebron, West Bank;]


Sources say the Israelis and Palestinians are trying to end weeks of violence and re- start negotiations.
[SUPER=03-Cairo, Egypt;]


Meanwhile, a U-S led commission investigating the Mideast violence has arrived in Cairo, Egypt.
The commission met with Egyptian President Hosni (Moo- BAR-ick) Mubarak to discuss how to promote peace in the region.
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[SOT 10:16:33]
[IN Q=We will be]

((GEORGE MITCHELL/COMMISSION CHAIRMAN : WE WILL BE BACK IN the REGION SEVERAL TIMES FOR SEVERAL DAYS. WE WILL RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM THE WIDEST POSSIBLE RANGE OF SOURCES. AND WE WILL MAKE THE APPROPRIATE JUDGMENT AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME ON WHAT IS NECESSARY.))
[SUPER=01-George Mitchell/Commission Chairman;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=what is necessary.]
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[VO-NAT]


Mitchell wouldn't say whether the commission would visit trouble spots.
More than 300 people have died in Mideast fighting since late September.
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[Colby]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A Vinton woman has been charged with conspiring to kill her husband to keep him from getting custody of their five- year old daughter.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN PICTURE]
Exie Diane Colby was charged with child neglect, after her little girl was found locked in the trunk of a car last June. As that case was about to come up in August, Colby allegedly arranged to have her husband, Scott, killed before the hearing.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]


State Police recorded telephone conversations between Exie Colby and Jonathan Conner in which they agreed to say it was all a joke, if they got caught.
Bond was set yesterday at 20-thousand dollars for her. Conner is being held without bond. The Colby's custody hearing is today.

[Radford-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-48 TC41:02]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The research is complete on Radford Police Department's high turnover rate.
Police suffer from low morale, low pay, long hours, a case overload and a chief that rarely shows his face.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


Those were the findings last night from a blue ribbon committee appointed by City Council to investigate the high turnover.
The committee spent months researching and interviewing former and current officers.
The department had a 40 percent turnover in the last three years.
They say its cost the city more than three-quarters of a million dollars.
Many of the committee's comments were directed at the Police Chief A.C. Earles for lack of leadership and visibility.
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[SOT 2:19:56 - :22]
[IN Q=For some reason]

((DICK DAVIS/COMMITTEE MEMBER: FOR SOME REASON, HE HAS SEEN FIT TO REMOVE HIMSELF FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE PUBLIC. WE HAVE COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE ALL OVER TOWN THAT THEY DON'T KNOW CHIEF EARLES. HE'S HERE TONIGHT, BUT I'M SURE THERE ARE TWO OR THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO DON'T KNOW CHIEF EARLES. A CHIEF NEEDS TO BE OPEN, HE NEEDS TO BE WHERE PEOPLE CAN SEE HIM. ))
[SUPER=01-Dick Davis/Committee Member;]
[RUNS=:26]
[OUT Q=can see him.]
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[VO-NAT]


City Council says it will take action after the first of the year.
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[NS-shops]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern]


Norfolk Southern says it will close its locomotive shops for two weeks beginning next Monday.
150 Roanoke employees will be on temporary furlough including machinists, boilermakers, electricians and clerks.
In an effort to reduce operating expenses, Norfolk Southern is also cutting 250 jobs system wide. Those employees may be called back to work depending on the needs of service.

[Conference-Center]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-39]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An expanding foundation is causing the Hotel Roanoke to close its conference center for repairs.
The center's original designers have agreed to foot the bill.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


8 million dollars worth of construction will begin January 7th, and wrap up at the beginning of May.
Guests can envision a virtually identical building, but with new carpeting, flooring and furniture.
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[tc:12:28:53]
[SOT]
[IN Q=You can feel]

((GARY WALTON/HOTEL ROANOKE GM: YOU CAN FEEL THAT THE FLOOR KIND OF RISES, YOU CAN FEEL THERE'S HEAVING GOING ON UNDERNEATH. YOU CAN SEE IT THROUGHOUT THE CONFERENCE CENTER AND OTHER AREAS. THAT'S PART OF THE AREA AND THAT HAS TO BE FIXED.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Walton/Hotel Roanoke General Manager]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=has to be fixed.]
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[VO-NAT]


The hotel and restaurant will NOT be affected by the construction.
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[Midwest-Snow]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


A major storm has left school children with the day off and residents digging out from under the wintry blanket..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL;]


More than a foot of snow fell in areas of Chicago overnight, and temperatures dropped into the single digits.
It's an even bigger mess at the airport.
Airlines have canceled hundreds of flights.
[SUPER=03-Saginaw, MI;]


Travel is also treacherous in southern Michigan.
Two counties have declared a state of emergency.
Triple A says it handled more than 43-hundred emergency road service calls yesterday, twice as a much as a normal w(------------) inter day.