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The party will go on tonight as planned in Time Square.
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New York got about a foot of snow but, crews have cleared and MELTED most of it away.
And while the airports were closed yesterday LaGuardia is now allowing arrivals and Newark and Kennedy have each opened one runway.
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Massachusetts and New Jersey got a little more, but folks know how to enjoy the snow, whether it's in a hot tub, snowmobile or using it as construction material.
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Travelers experienced weather related delays as far south as Raleigh, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia.
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A senior rabbi in Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement has been shot to death in the West Bank today.
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The killing comes just hours after the son of slain Rabbi Meir Kahane (meh-EER' kah-HAH'-nuh) and the son's wife were killed near an Arab village.
Binyamin and Talia Kahane died when shots were fired at their car and it crashed into a ditch. Five of their six children were injured.
Binyamin ran a religious school that kept alive his father's policies, which favored expelling Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza.
Meir Kahane was assassinated in New York in 1990.
Yesterday, members of the Fatah movement called for increased violence against Israel.
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[11FirstNight-Preps]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
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Roanoke is getting ready for its 10th annual First Night in downtown.
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Volunteers and members from the Festival in the Park were setting up the American Red Cross yesterday afternoon. Some were attempting to blow up the balloons while others were bringing in all the necessary items for all ages to have fun.
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((EILEEN GUERRY: HERE AT THE RED CROSS BUILDING WE'LL HAVE FACE PAINTING AND TEMPORARY TATTOOS IN THE OTHER ROOM WE'LL ALSO HAVE ENTERTAINMENT GOING ON IN THE MAIN ROOM.))
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Buttons are required for admission - you can purchase them at the enterance. All of the activities throughout Roanoke start at 6pm tonight and end shortly after midnight.
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Preparations are also underway for Blacksburg's innagural First Night festivities. Their celebration starts at seven and lasts until midnight. First Night is a non-alcoholic event.



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If you are going to pop a cork to ring in the New Year, it's probably a good idea to have a designated driver, or let someone else do the driving for you. Kate Weidaw reports.
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It's one of the busiest times of the year for Liberty Cab.

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((STEVE ST. JACQUES/CO-OWNER: THE PHONE RINGS EVERY 15 SECONDS IN THE BUSIEST TIME.))
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((STEVE ST. JACQUES: OUR DAY DRIVERS ARE WORKING AT NIGHT, OUR OFFICE PEOPLE ARE DRIVING CABS, WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO INCREASE THE FLEET.))
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While it costs a dollar sixty per mile to get to your destination, it used to be free on New Year's Eve.

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((STEVE ST. JACQUES: WELL WHEN THIS ONE PERSON RETIRED IT JUST KIND OF FOLDED SO THERE IS NO ONE TO ORGANIZE IT NOW.))


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The campaign was called 3-D, drunk and drug driving. Area businesses sponsored the program which gave riders a free lift. Even though the program is gone for now, taxi drivers like Michelle Mowles say it doesn't stop folks from calling for a ride.

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((MICHELLE MOWLES: IT'S NICE TO PROVIDE A SERVICE TO PEOPLE SO THEY CAN GO OUT AND PARTY SO THEY DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO JEOPARDIZE OTHER PEOPLE ON THE ROAD.))
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Yellow Cab also took part in a similar program sponsored by an area law firm, but that has since ended.

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((STEVE ST. JACQUES: WE WOULD LOVE TO BRING BACK THE FREE RIDE CAMPAIGN IT WAS A GOOD THING.))
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But for now you'll have to pay a fare to get home safely on New Years Eve.
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: AND IF YOU GET A BUSY SIGNAL WHEN YOU CALL TRY AGAIN, THEY'RE BUSIEST HOURS ARE BETWEEN 12:15 AND 4 OR 5 IN THE MORNING. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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[WRITER=dal]
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Major cities in the northeast are digging out of the biggest snowstorm in five years and the larger airports are starting to reopen this morning.
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In Michigan, deep and heavy snow led to one death, and three injuries.
A bar roof collasped Friday under the weight of the snow and ice killing 35 year Cathy Jo Boydston.
The roof of the 30-by-60-foot pole barn collapsed while five people were inside.
One person escaped without injury. The conditions of the other three has not been released.
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[11Clinton-Heat]


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The Department of Energy is projecting a 29-percent rise in the price of home heating oil this winter - with natural gas prices rising by 40-percent. In his weekly radio address, President Clinton says new relief and other conservation efforts are helping keep heating costs manageable.
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((THAT'S WHY I'M RELEASING 300-MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDS FROM THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. ALONG WITH SIMILAR FUNDS I RELEASED EARLIER THIS FALL, WE'VE NOW DEVOTED MORE THAN 850 MILLION DOLLARS TO ASSIST FAMILIES WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD TO BARE THE BURDEN OF HIGH ENERGY PRICES THIS WINTER.))
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[ANCHOR=Denise]
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In Virginia, Dominion Virginia Power's "EnergyShare" program has reportedly distributed about 700-thousand dollars to help its neediest customers this year. That's more than half the total raised under the program last year.

[11Trigon-Contract]


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Martinsville's Memorial Hospital's contract with Trigon-Blue-Cross-Blue-Shield expires with the New Year.
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So far there has been no word on whether Memorial Hospital will be leaving the network. If a change does take place, more than 300 school employees and retirees will be affected, as well as several hundred city employees, including the police and fire departments.
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[11Mount-Vernon]


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A celebration is scheduled for tomorrow commemorating George Washington freeing his slaves.
The ceremony at Mount Vernon will mark the event's 200th anniversary.
George and Martha Washington housed 316 slaves at Mount Vernon.
Executive Director Jim Rees says the ceremony will be thoughtful, not festive.
Slave descendants will be on hand to share their memories.
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[anchor=Denise]
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People hope to ring in the New Year with a bang tonight, but Virginia Tech football fans have been celebrating touchdowns with earsplitting vigor for years.
And as the new year and Gator Bowl approach, Mike Stevens says, thanks to one family the Hokies will continue to have firepower for years to come.
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