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[TALENT=Kimberly]

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A 17- year- old girl is charged with stabbing to death another young woman in Roanoke early this morning.
The victim was pregnant.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And if it doesn't fit, or isn't quite you, you'll be joining plenty of other people returning those un-wanted holiday gifts.
A live report from Valley View Mall, coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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All that straight ahead on News 7 at noon.



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((IT HURTS, NEXT CHRISTMAS, IT WON'T BE THE SAME IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, NO MORE.))
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A Roanoke family mourns the loss a loved one.
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Good afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.

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22- year old Monique Swain was stabbed to death outside her Roanoke apartment shortly after midnight.
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Family members say Swain was killed after stepping in to help her younger sister who was being attacked by another girl with a knife. The younger sister survived the attack but Swain died after she was stabbed under the arm. Swain leaves behind a 16- month old daughter and family members say she was also pregnant.
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((EDWARD SWAIN/VICTIM'S BROTHER: A NICE KIND HEARTED PERSON AND BEFORE SHE DIED ALL SHE SAID WAS MAMA TAKE CARE OF MY DAUGHTER.))
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Police have charged a 17 year old girl with murder. Family members say the dispute was over a man.

[Melrose-Murder]


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Roanoke Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a suspect in a murder that happened Christmas Eve.
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Police say two men began arguing at the Stop and Save Mini Mart on Melrose Avenue around four o'clock that afternoon.
Police believe the suspect then shot and killed 18-year-old Reaco (RICO) Ramon Hilton.
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((SHELLY ALLEY/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.: THE ROANOKE POLICE HAVE OBTAINED A WARRANT FOR MURDER FOR A ROANOKE MAN. WE ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR HIM AT THIS POINT.))
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Police are not releasing the name of the suspect, but he is linked to another shooting that happened yesterday morning.
Police say two men broke into the home of Katrina and Christopher Henderson.
Katriana was shot in the back, Christopher in the face, shoulder and leg.
They were treated and released from Roanoke Memorial.
Police say the suspect in the Melrose Avenue shooting is known to stay at the Henderson's home.

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A night at a Chinese disco turned deadly for more than 300 people.
Fire swept through a shopping center complex that included the disco.
Many of the victims were trapped on the building's top floor.
Bruce Dunning has the story.
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Another kind of fire is threatening residents of southern California--
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Wildfires are spreading dangerously close to an exclusive neighborhood in Thousand Oaks.
Firefighters are trying to contain the blaze in the wooded area surrounding the community where the fire started.

It began early this morning.
With the help of high winds, it quickly grew to more than 30 acres.
Local officials have warned residents they may to have to leave.
So far, there have been no evacuations just yet.
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After a day of rest, the stores have reopened and shoppers are taking advantage of the After-Christmas sales.

[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Kelli Microwave;]


Kelli Thompson joins us with an update. Kelli?...
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((ROLLCUE......returns have been low))
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[Mir]


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For nearly a day, Russia's mission control worried the space station Mir might spin out of control.
Ground controllers temporarily lost contact with the aging space station.
Gretchen Carlson has more on what happened.
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((A tense 24 hours for Russias space command. Monday, at 3pm, mission control loses radio contact with the space station Mir. The 140 ton vessel has no humans on board, and that means with no contact, it could fall out of the sky anywhere -- at any time.
There is no word yet on what caused the communication with Mir to go down, but the way Russia communicates with the Space Station may have something to do it.
While the United States communicates by satellite with its spacecraft - Russia uses a series of ground stations in Asia. That means, there is only one opportunity every 24 hours to verify contact. If Mir misses that window, it can take another full day to re-establish communication.
Still, Mir has had other tense moments since launching in 1985. In 1997, a cargo craft crashed into it - finally prompting the Russian government to bring the aging space station down.
That controlled descent is scheduled for February. And after this latest mishap, many people will no doubt be relieved when Mir finally falls from the sky - safely -- into the Pacific Ocean.
Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.
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A long- awaited message of peace could arrive soon from the Middle East.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are expected to let President Clinton know by mid- week if they think they can follow through on a peace agreement.
Under the proposed compromise, Israel would back off from control of the holy sites in East Jerusalem.
In return, the Palestinians would back off on insisting that refugees have a right to return to Israel.
The two sides held U-S brokered peace talks in Washington last week.

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President- Elect George W- Bush is in Florida for a short holiday vacation after hearing that his daughter is recovering nicely from surgery.
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One of his twin daughters, Jenna had emergency surgery yesterday to remove her appendix.
Doctors say the 19- year- old is in good condition and should be released today.
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Reporters caught up with the President- elect as he left Austin, Texas this morning.
Bush says his daughter starting feeling sick during a Christmas lunch.
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((SHE GOT NAUSEATED AND IN MORE SEVERE PAIN. WE TOOK HER TO THE HOSPITAL AND LO AND BEHOLD, SHE HAD APPENDICITIS. THEY GO THE APPENDIX OUT AND BEFORE IT RUPTURED. WE WENT OVER THERE LAST NIGHT. SHE'S FEELING GREAT.))
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She still might be able to join the rest of the family on their Florida vacation.
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[NS-buyout]


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870 Norfolk Southern employees have less than a week to apply for early retirement.
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The move lowers the non-union retirement age from 55 to 53.
The program also allows some employees to add three years both to their length of service and to their age in calculating their pension.
Roughly 18 percent of the company's non-union workforce will be eligible for the program.
Norfolk Southern says the buyout offer is an attempt to reduce operating expenses.
The application deadline is December 31st.
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The Patrick Henry Boys & Girls Plantation received a large gift this holiday season.....687 acres of prime real estate.
Steve Smallshaw has more on the foundation's plans to build a girls home on the land.

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(( For forty years, they've taken in hundreds of children from across Virginia.. boys and girls who come from broken or disfunctional homes and suffer from a variety of emotional problems.
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((THEY'RE CHILDREN WITH PROBLEMS AND NOT PROBLEM CHILDREN...))
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The children come to Patrick Henry Plantation which operates four group homes across central and Southside Virginia.
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((AND THEN THE BOYS HOME DOWN IN HALIFAX WAS A GIFT AS WELL...))
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Most of the homes only house about a dozen children each... and there's a long list of girls waiting to be placed.
Expanding at any of the current locations is not an option.
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((SANDY GREGORY/PH DIRECTOR: OUR BOARD DECIDED YEARS BACK THAT WE WANTED TO STAY TOWARDS A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE AND THE LARGER YOU GET AT ONE SITE, THE MORE INSTITUTIONALIZED IT BECOMES.))
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So when developer C.B. Robertson offered the Plantation his family's 200- year- old farm in Charlotte County, director Sandy Gregory was quick to accept.
Now comes the challenge of raising the money to build a new girls home on the property, so they can move about a dozen young women off their waiting list and into a stable home environment.
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The public has responded once before when the Rustburg girls home lost its horse barn to a fire in 1998.
Gregory says he's confident the Plantation's supporters will come through again.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Brookneal.))


[Box-Office]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Cast Away wasn't left stranded in theaters over the holiday weekend.
Movie goers made it the number one film. In the movie, Tom Hanks is stuck on an island for four years after a plane crash. According to studio estimates, ''Cast Away'' took in just over 30 million dollars.
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What Women Want slipped into second place, The Family Man opened in third, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is still in the top 5 at number 4 and Miss Congeniality wraps up this week's list.

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Some of Santa's Elves traded their Santa caps for chef hats this holiday season.
A Roanoke restaurant opened its doors and served a hot meal for those less fortunate.
Jennifer Miele has the story.
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(( Richard Law and Asa Flint love to cook, and kids like Marquies and C.J. love to eat.
Love AND food brought the pairs together for a special holiday meal.
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((RICHARD LAW: THERE'S A LOT OF FAMILIES OUT THERE THAT NEED A NICE DECENT MEAL, AND THERE ARE SOME KIDS THAT DON'T SEE SANTA. SO IT'S JUST TO GIVE BACK, TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.))
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While the food was appreciated, Santa really hit the spot.
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((KHADIEA WALLER: SANTA CLAUS IS SOMETHING FOR A LITTLE KID, AND HE ENJOYED IT, HE REALLY LIKED IT.)) [RUNS06]
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The servers were all volunteers.
Friends and Patrons of Hull's donated the presents and food... and the 5-star executive chef started cooking around six am.
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((ASA FLINT: I BELIEVE IN THE LORD, AND THIS IS THE LORD'S DAY. HE SAYS GIVE, AND IT'S BETTER TO GIVE THAN RECEIVE. I BELIEVE THAT. EVEN THOUGH I MISS BEING WITH MY FAMILY AT TIMES, THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.)) [RUNS13]
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For those who couldn't make it to the restaurant, volunteers at Hull's were ready with to-go plates.
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[IN Q=If they can't]

((RICHARD LAW: IF THEY CAN'T COME TO ME, I'M GOING TO GET TO THEM, SOMEHOW.))
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Dozens of families turned out for a free Christmas dinner. But Flint says this year is just the tip of the iceberg.
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[IN Q=Next year]

((ASA FLINT: NEXT YEAR, I KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE EVEN BETTER.))
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Christmas at Hulls left these little patrons with tummys and hands full. [NAT SOUND] [tc:00:17:30] ((I LOVE CHRISTMAS.)) Jennifer Miele, News 7, Roanoke. )) [RUNS02]