[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


First Night Roanoke revelers celebrate the LAST night of the year 2000.
All the highlights of the annual event, coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


But New Year's also brings an apparent murder.
Roanoke Police are investigating the shooting death of a 14- year- old girl.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Plus, we'll take a look inside a Beverly Hills pawnshop.
All that coming up on News 7 Mornin.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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A 14- year- old Roanoke girl is dead--
City police say a 16- year- old boy is suspected of shooting her last night.
Authorities say Roanoke police responded to a shooting around 9-30 last night at a home in the Northwest section of the city.
The teenaged shooting victim was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial, where she died a short time later.
After speaking with the Commonwealth's Attorney's office, police released the male suspect into his mother's custody.
Charges are pending, once the investigation is complete.

[11Roanoke-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-51; 39:57]
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A Roanoke woman is charged with stabbing the man she lived with to death.
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[VO-NAT]

Roanoke police arrested 40-year-old Brenda Warren yesterday morning and charged her with murder.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Police say Warren stabbed 47-year-old Edward Raymond Anderson the Third Saturday night at the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road .. Police discovered Anderson's body yesterday. A steak knife was also found at the scene. Police say Anderson and Warren were living at the Ramada Inn together .. They allegedly had a history of domestic problems.
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[11First-Night]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-39; 2:06:06]
[GRAPHIC=New Years]

Last night some folks in Roanoke rang in the new year at First Night. Hundreds came out for the activities and to count down to 2001. Kate Weidaw was there having fun with the rest of Roanoke.
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[11Gator-Bowl]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-46; 1:04:00]
[GRAPHIC=Gator Bowl]

Thousands of Hokies headed south for the Gator Bowl.
But they're learning a trip to Florida does not always mean warmer weather. Temperatures in Jacksonville have plunged below freezing. Mike Stevens has more on how some fans are turning up the heat.
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[SOT]
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[SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Perry/Tech Fan, Roanoke Co.;:19]
[SUPER=01-Pat Crockett/Tech Fan, Vinton; :28]
[SUPER=01-John Bartlett/Tech Fan, Christiansburg; :42]
[SUPER=01-Paul Ripley/RIPTEX Owner; 1:04]
[SUPER=@Mike1; 1:10]
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[OUT Q=News 7 Sports.]






[Pawn-Shop]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


From time to time, the rich and famous need to pawn their possesions. But in Beverly Hills, they hock tiaras instead of toaster ovens. Teri Okita takes us inside the Beverly Hills loan company.
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[SOT]
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[SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA; :07]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/Reporting; :35]
[SUPER=01-Helaine Zimmelman/Beverly Loan Company; :50]
[SUPER=01-Jean Zimmelman/Beverly Loan Company; 1:09]
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[OUT Q=Beverly Hills]

(((LOCATOR: BEVERLY HILLS, CA)
TRACK: IN THE LAND OF SWIMMING POOLS AND MOVIE STARS LIES A SECLUDED, UP-SCALE SHOP WHERE THE ELITE COME TO PAWN THEIR WARES.

SOT: ) 10-minutes of watching diamonds. Its very mesmerizing. (:02)


TRACK: CLIENTS COME TO THE BEVERLY LOAN COMPANY TO BUY, BORROW, OR IN SOME CASES, MAKE A FRESH START FOLLOWING A NASTY, HOLLYWOOD DIVORCE.

SOT: Theyll come in with a diamond ring or jewelry. Really, diamonds

are a girls best friend, especially in a situation like that, its true. (:06)
TRACK: NO GUNS OR GUITARS HERE. JUST HIGH-END ITEMS WARHOLS, PICASSOS, ROLEXES.

(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)

STANDUP: In a town thats all about image, pawning your diamonds can be a little intimidating, but discretion is of highest priority here. (:09)
TRACK: THEY WONT NAME NAMES, BUT SOME FAMOUS FACES HAVE HOCKED THEIR VALUABLES HERE. AND THE RICH ARE ALWAYS WELCOME, LIKE ONE BIG GAMBLER:

(Super: Helaine Zimmelman/Beverly Loan Company)
SOT: She has magnificent jewelry, and she lost 100-thousand dollars in

Las Vegas. She could only tell her husband about 50-thousand of it.
(:08)


TRACK: SO, SHE PAWNED HER JEWELRY UNTIL NEXT MONTHS ALLOWANCE CAME.AND THEN, THERE WAS THE DIVORCEE WHO PAWNED HER DIAMOND WEDDING RING ONLY TO BE TOLD IT WAS ACTUALLY CUBIC ZIRCONIA.

(Super: Jean Zimmelman/Beverly Loan Company)
SOT: And she said, Of course, its a diamond. What do you mean, its

not a? My ex-husband gave it to me, of course, its a diamond. And I said, No, Im sorry, its not a diamond. And she said, that lousy $&%. I should have known! (:13)
TRACK: CLIENTS INCLUDE TRUST FUND BABIES, ROYALTY, AND THOSE WITH SUCH MEDICAL EMERGENCIES AS FACELIFTS HEY, ITS HOLLYWOOD. STILL, OTHER PEOPLE JUST COME TO BUY.

(Super: David Michery/Buyer)
SOT: I felt a diamond would be a great way of saying, Merry Christmas.
(:05)


TRACK: AND RICH OR POOR, FAMOUS OR NOT, SOMETIMES, YOU JUST NEED A LITTLE QUICK CASH TO KEEP UP WITH THE JONESES OR THE SPIELBERGS. OR THE SPELLINGS. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, BEVERLY HILLS.)

[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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[****ANCHOR TAG*****]


Speaking of your pocketbook--
Investors are ringing in the new year with renewed concerns about a possible recession.
Renay San Miguel offers a preview in today's Marketwatch.
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[SUPER=01-Renay San Miguel/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=San Miguel, CBS DOT Marketwatch Dot Com.]

((

ONCAM=Renay

LAST YEAR'S NEW YEAR'S EVE INVESTORS WERE TOASTING FAT STOCK PORTFOLIOS..THAT IS, WHEN THEY WEREN'T KEEPING AN EYE ON THE CLOCK TO SEE IF THE Y-2-K BUG WOULD JUMP-START THE APOCALYPSE.. WELL ALL THE COMPUTERS KEPT WORKING..BUT SUDDENLY THE MARKETS DIDN'T..AND AS WE RING OUT YEAR TWO THOUSAND, SOME OF US ARE BUYING CHEAPER CHAMPAGNE BECAUSE THE "R" WORD, RECESSION, IS BACK IN THE NATION'S VOCABULARY.
ESS=graphic

THE DOW ENDED THE LAST TRADING DAY OF THE YEAR DOWN 80 POINTS TO TEN THOUSAND, 788....FOR THE YEAR THE INDEX IS DOWN MORE THAN SIX PERCENT..
ESS=graphic

THE NASDAQ, HOME OF MANY A TECH STOCK, IS WHERE THE REAL DAMAGE IS..IT WAS DOWN 85 POINTS ON FRIDAY..AND FOR THE YEAR, IT'S MISSING A WHOPPING 39 PERCENT IN VALUE...
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THE S-AND-P FIVE HUNDRED, MEANWHILE, WAS DOWN 13 POINTS ON FRIDAY AND IS DOWN 10- PERCENT FOR THE YEAR
ONCAM=renay

LET'S USE PRICELINE AS THE POSTER BOY STOCK FOR ALL THAT WENT WRONG WITH THE NASDAQ, THE TECH SECTOR AND THE DOT-COM SPACE IN 2000.
ESS=graphic

IT USED TO BE A 100 DOLLAR STOCK EARLIER THIS YEAR..NOW IT'S DOWN TO A LITTLE OVER A BUCK AND COMPANY FOUNDER JAY WALKER HAS WALKED AWAY FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
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TWENTY FOUR SEVEN MEDIA, AN INTERNET AD FIRM, WENT FROM A HIGH OF 65 DOLLARS TO LESS THAN A DOLLAR..IT'S ALSO LAYING OFF 100 WORKERS.
ANYONE REMEMBER A THOUSAND DOLLAR PRICE TARGET FOR QUALCOMM? IT ENDED FRIDAY DOWN MORE THAN SEVEN DOLLARS TO 82 DOLLARS, DOWN 63 PERCENT FOR THE YEAR, AND THE ANALYST WHO MADE THE CALL HAS ANOTHER JOB..

ONCAM=renay

SO WHAT'S UP FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF 2001? ECONOMIC INDICATORS KEEP ROLLING... INCLUDING
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CONSTRUCTION SPENDING, NEW HOME SALES AND HOURLY EARNINGS. AND SPEAKING OF EARNINGS.. 'TIS THE SEASON STARTING NEXT WEEK FROM THE LIKES OF WALGREENS, BEAR STEARNS AND CADBURY SCHWEPPES.
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FOR MORE ON THE MARKETS, JUST GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM, OR AOL KEYWORD MARKETWATCH.
ONCAM=renay

I'M RENAY SAN MIGUEL CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM. ))
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
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Wall Street is closed today because of the New Year's holiday.

News 7 Mornin will return after this break.[11Water-Mains]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=mce]
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[GRAPHIC=Water Main Break]


It was a dry weekend for many Roanoke residents. Freezing temperatures are being blamed for a number of water main breaks that left many people without water this holiday weekend. Roanoke Police say crews have been working for several days to repair the ruptured mains .. Police say major lines in Southwest Roanoke have been repaired and MOST people should have an adequate water supply. A few small mains still need repairs - but there's no word on when they'll be fixed.





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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[WRITER=kwe]
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A joint church service yesterday morning brought worshipers from 17 Presbyterian churches together.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

The Roanoke Civic Center was packed with more than 3-thousand Presbyterians. An organizer for the event says it's a way to help smaller congregations feel part of the larger mission of the church.
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[SOT 1:30:21]
[IN Q=it was great]

((GEORGE ANDERSON: IT WAS GREAT HAVING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED TOGETHER FOR ONE WORSHIP SERVICE TO GIVE ALL OUR CONGREGATIONS A GREATER SENSE OF IDENTITY THEN THEY HAVE INDIVIDUALLY AS A CONGREGATION.))
[SUPER=01-George Anderson/Second Presb. Church Minister]
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[OUT Q=as a congregation.]
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[VO-NAT]

All the money taken from the collection went to the Presbyterian Community Center. The center helps out the homeless and provides after school tutoring.
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, there's new information concerning M-S-G.
Melissa McDermott has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00 ]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((Information: IF YOU STAYED AT HOME LAST NIGHT FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE, THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE YOU MIGHT HAVE ORDERED CHINESE FOOD AS TAKEOUT. AND IF YOU DID YOU MIGHT HAVE ASKED THE RESTAURANT FOR NO MSG
THAT'S BECAUSE THE FLAVOR ENHANCER, WHICH MANY PEOPLE COOK WITH, IS BLAMED FOR WHAT SOME PEOPLE CALL CHINESE FOOD SYNDROME. OFTEN TIMES THAT MEANS HEADACHES AND OTHER ILLNESSES. BUT A STUDY BY UCLA SAYS THERE MAY NOT BE SUCH AN ALLERGY TO MSG. THE STUDY LOOKED AT 130 PATIENTS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, AND EXPERTS COULD NOT FIND A LINK BETWEEN MSG AND SIDE AFFECTS.
ENCOURAGING NEWS IN THE BATTLE AGAINST STROKE AND HEART DISEASE .THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SAYS DEATHS FROM BOTH ILLNESSES HAVE DROPPED OVER THE LAST DECADE BUT A DISTURBING TREND IS DEVELOPING. EXPERTS SAY CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IS PRESENT IN ABOUT 40 PERCENT OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN.
AND THIS PAST WEEKEND'S WINTER STORM HAS HIT THE BLOOD SUPPLY BAD. IN FACT THE SPATE OF DISASTROUS WINTER WEATHER NATIONWIDE HAS HURT THE NATION'S BLOOD SUPPLY. THE AMERICAN RED CROSS SAYS THE BOOD SUPPLY IS JUST SHY OF THE MINIMUM THREE DAY SUPPLY FOR THE NATION. AND THAT'S THIS MORNING'S MEDICAL HEADLINES FROM CBS NEWS.))
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[Movie-Review]


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


Welcome back to News 7 Mornin--
Looking back on the Year 2000 may be disappointing-- for film critics, that is.
Vince Gonzales explains.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-"Battlefield Earth"; :00]
[SUPER=04-"Rocky and Bullwinkle"; :14]
[SUPER=04-"The Sixth Day"; :21]
[SUPER=04-"The Grinch Who Stole Christmas"; :40]
[SUPER=04-"Billy Elliot"; 1:18]
[SUPER=04-"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"; 1:28]
[SUPER=01-Vince Gonzales/Reporting; 1:41]
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[OUT Q=Gonzales, CBS News, Hollywood.]

((

(NATS-Battlefield Earth) BOOM!


"Battlefield Earth," starring John Travolta, was one of many big-budget Hollywood films that bombed at the box office this year...it lost more than $50 million.

(NATS) ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?


Even Robert Deniro couldn't breathe life into the $80 million dollar flop "Rocky and Bullwinkle."

(NATS) BOOM!


And Arnold Schwartenegger's "The Sixth Day"...took only 14 DAYS to disappear from most theaters.

(SOT/Turan)THIS HAS BEEN, I THINK, FOR MOST CRITICS, EVEN CRITICS WHO

LIKE HOLLYWOOD AND WANT TO ROOT FOR HOLLYWOOD FILMS-- IT'S BEEN A YEAR THAT'S BEEN WEAK.
So weak that some are calling it one of the worst years ever for Hollywood films.

(SOT/Dick Van Dyke)

"SOMEHOW NONE OF THEM ARE WORKING AND THAT'S NOT JUST ME, I HEAR THAT AMONG ALL THE PEOPLE I'VE TALKED TO."

(NATS/Travolta laughs)


But studio executives are still laughing all the way to the bank. After a summer slump- holiday movies like "The Grinch"-- which grossed more $235 million-- actually saved Christmas...helping studios rake in more than 7 and half billion dollars for the year-- a new record
BUT ONLY BECAUSE OF Higher ticket prices... AS MUCH AS 10 DOLLARS in some cities.. since fewer people actually went to the movies...and those that did weren't impressed.

(SOT/MOS/girl) I THINK IT'S BEEN A DISAPPOINTING YEAR FOR MOVIES

ACTUALLY.

(SOT/MOS) I CAN'T THINK OF ANY MOVIES RIGHT OFF HAND THAT I LIKED.


Which is why many critics say the Oscar race is wide open.

(SOT/TURAN) THERE'S NO "SAVING PRIVATE RYAN." THERE'S NO SHAKESPEARE IN

LOVE." THERE'S NO "TITANIC" AND SOMETHING HAS TO WIN- AND SOMETHING WILL WIN, BUT THERE'S NO OBVIOUS WINNERS THIS YEAR.
While Hollywood has focused on churning out the next big blockbuster-- independently-produced films are emerging as leading Oscar contenders.

(NATS) BILLY!


British-import "Billy Elliot" IS a surprise hit.

(NATS) fighting


So is action-epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" which could get a nomination for best picture...even though all the dialogue is in Mandarin Chinese.

(NATS) Mandarin



(STNDUP) IF YOU WERE HOPING FOR BETTER FILMS IN 2001...DON'T HOLD YOUR

BREATH. ACTORS AND WRITERS ARE THREATENING TO STRIKE NEXT YEAR. WITHOUT THEM, CRITICS SAY, MOVIES COMING OUT OF HOLLYWOOD MAY ONLY GET WORSE. VINCE GONZALES CBS NEWS, HOLLYWOOD))
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[2-shot=KMC/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
The new year brings new murder investigation for Roanoke police.
Authorities say a 14- year-old girl was shot last night.
A 16- year- old boy is a suspect.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A North Carolina teen wrecks his car, then jumps off a bridge into the river below.
Authorities say the boy repeatedly pushed rescuers away, as they tried to save him.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And it's been an annual event in Roanoke for a decade, but Blacksburg hosted its inaugural "First Night" last night.
More than 20 acts performed at nine venues around downtown Blacksburg.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Monday, January 1st .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
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Roanoke is starting the new year with a murder investigation.
Authorities say a 14- year- old girl was shot to death last night.
Police say a 16- year- old boy is a suspect.
Authorities say Roanoke police responded to the shooting around 9-30 last night at a home in the Northwest section of the city.
The teenaged shooting victim was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial, where she died a short time later.
After speaking with the Commonwealth's Attorney's office, police released the male suspect into his mother's custody.
Charges are pending, once the investigation is complete.

[11Car-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-41; 1:39:08]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]

The next phase of the Virginia car tax elimination kicks in today .. nine days before the General Assembly convenes.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henrico Co./File Tape]

Some legislators are unhappy about Governor Gilmore's plan to use national tobacco settlement money to continue to eliminate the car tax .. But the Gilmore administration says the car tax cut will happen - no matter what.
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[New-Year]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=New Year's]


This New Year's Eve didn't have the hype of last year's Y-2-K frenzy--
But the party still went on.
At least a half- million revelers were in New York's Time Square to watch the ball drop.
Lee Cowan has the sights and sounds of the holiday tradition.
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[SUPER=03-New York; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:26]
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[Rose-Parade]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The annual Rose Parade put Pasadena, California on the map.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pasadena, CA;]


As organizers of the Tournament of Roses Parade make last- minute preparations, float designers test all the mechanics before the big show.
Parade spectators also put in their time-- many are camping out to get a prime spot.
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[SOT 4:00:57]
[IN Q=I am overwhelmed]

((I AM OVERWHELMEND. MY WHOLE LIFE, I'VE WATCHED THIS ON TELEVISION AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE GOTTEN TO COME SEE IT. I'M JUST TINGLING. I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL. I'M JUST HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME.))
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[OUT Q=A WONDERFUL TIME.]
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[VO-NAT]


The parade features thousands of live flowers on each float.
It's a visual warm-up for the Rose Bowl game.
This year, the Purdue Boilermakers face the Washington Huskies.
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[Surf-School]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


As most of the northern hemisphere freezes through midwinter, Sydney in Australia enjoys soaring temperatures. And there's no better place to enjoy Sydney's summer than Bondi Beach. It's high season at the surf school there and Barry Petersen went to brave the waters.

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[SOT ]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Bondi Beach, Australia; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tanya Chaffey/Instructor; :17]
[SUPER=01-Louisa Aderonmu/Student; 1:53]
[SUPER=01-Barry Peterson/Reporting; 2:21]
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[OUT Q=CBS News Bondi Beach, Australia.]

(((Nicest Surfer) See that fellow out there...man surfing wave...that is NOT me.

(B tumbles/others faltering in water)

THAT is me...man swallowing wave....I'm here because, like most everyone visiting Australia, there comes a compulsion to learn how to surf. Instructor Tanya Chaffey knows why.

TANYA sot:/It's the land of surf, there's so many kilometers of surf up

and down the coast, you can spend days just going up and down. 0439

(Yoga/grabbing and rolling with boards/etc)

The lesson begins with yoga surf-style ...we are mostly adults and all foreigners. Aussies learn to surf at about age seven.

TANYA/sot : The important thing to do is keep the board close to the

body so the wave doesn't take it away....so the waves gone over me so roll back on and paddle

SOT: GO!



(In the water)

We dress in red t-shirts, which helps the instructors track us and insures that the people on shore know exactly who to laugh at.
Surfboards, for some reason, do not come with a steering wheel. This makes them hard to control, which directly increases the time spent not on top, but under the water.

BARRY/sot: There is no way, I am going to stand on this thing.'



(Learning to stand)

Back on shore for lesson two...standing. Up in a single jump, in the middle of riding a wave, on a slippery surfboard. If it looks so easy, feel free to try it sometime in an ocean near you.
TANYA/
sot: you've got to keep your head straight so your looking where you're

going - you look that way - you go that way.

(NAT SOT/YELL: SURFING)

They take the class picture early...in case any of us don't make it back.

(Back in water)

Not since we were babies have we tried so unsuccessfully to just stand up. And trust me...it's not courage that drives us..but the simple fear of embarrassment.
But..see...I made it. Surfers call a great run hangin' ten. I'd guess I hung about a 2-and a half.
For English Lawyer Louisa Aderonmu...trying was enough.
LOUISA ADERONMU/ How as it? Louisa: It was excellent!"; Did you stand up? NO! Does it matter? No!!!!!!!! it was excellent yeah so much fun!

(Adam cruises in)

We adults were, of course...shamed by the skill of ten year old Adam...
ADAM
sot: It was good it was really a lot of fun. BP are we talking awesome

or just good? Awesome!!!! I'd gladly do it again.

(Nice surfers)

With the seasons reversed down under...this is what Australians are doing while we shiver through the winter up north. Man and wave in harmony.

(B makes is to shore/flops on back into water)

As for my trying it again, I'll just..uh..get back you on that. Real soon.
Barry Petersen, CBS News, Bondi Beach, Australia.))


[River-Rescue]


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


A dramatic rescue of a North Carolina boy who apparently didn't WANT to be rescued...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC;]


Authorities say the teenager lost control of the car he was driving around two this morning and crashed into a brick wall near a gas station.
After the crash, he jumped out of the car and off a bridge, into the river below.
Rescuers tried several times to pull him out of the river, but he pushed them away.
Firefighters were eventually able to distract him while police snuck up and grabbed him from behind.
The teen was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.
Officials still don't know why he was trying to prevent his own rescue.
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[11Biz-Review]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=BizReview]
[GRAPHIC=Business Review]



The deadline has passed for 870 Norfolk Southern employees to apply for early retirement.
The buy-out offer lowers the non-union retirement age from 55 to 53.
In an effort to reduce operating expenses, N-S has cut nearly 10 percent of its workforce since January.
Here's a look at that story and more in our 2-thousand Year-End business review.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Music/graphics]
[SUPER=04-Norfolk Southern Video;:09]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/June;:31]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/August;:53]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co./June;1:18]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;1:38]
[RUNS=2:11]
[OUT Q=in the new year.]


(( In it's glory days, Norfolk Southern was an integral part of rail car part production. But waves of layoffs have left a broken track in Roanoke.
This year, N-S has closed its foundry and the East End Carshops.
2,844 workers have been let go system wide.
That means the company has reduced its workforce by just under 10% since January. [INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
Striking Union workers at Rubatex returned to work in June after nine months on strike.
It's labeled as one of the most bitter labor disputes in company history.
Crossing the picket lines became so difficult, Rubatex filed an unfair labor practice suit against its union.
Union members say the company has not been cooperative in contract negotiations.
The two sides have still not come to an agreement. [INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
80 thousand union workers at Verizon went on strike in August. They say mandatory overtime and stress in the work place lead them to the picket lines.
Those in Virginia returned to work in less than three weeks, but their most trying days were yet to come.
Verizon employee Danny Lee Overstreet was shot at killed at a Roanoke night club allegidly by Ronald Gay.
Employees at Verizon Virginia set up a memorial fun for Overstreet's family. [INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
The contract between fiber giant Celanese and its union members expired June 19th. Workers threatened to strike on three different occasions, but the strike was avoided.
In August, 59 percent of the company's unionized workers voted in favor of a new three-year deal -- which includes a yearly three percent raise.
Mandatory overtime is still a topic of debate. [INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
Martinsville and Henry County are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Cinergy Corporation has plans to build a new power plant.
The rebound comes after the loss of the area's biggest employer, Tultex.
Back to school staffing and holiday retail hiring has slimmed Martinsville's unemployment rate down to about eight percent.
All of the three former Tultex buildings have been sold - one to Sara Lee Activewear.
Sara Lee plans to hire some 300 hundred workers once its distribution center is up and running.
That's the 2000 business review.
Wishing you many happy investments in the new year.))

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Blacksburg held its first annual "First Night"...
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Artists and face painters welcomed in the new year by leaving their mark on the old one.
More than 20 acts performed at nine venues around downtown Blacksburg.
Hundreds showed up to enjoy the community band at Blacksburg Middle School.
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((PHIL CONNER: IN THIS VENUE TONIGHT WE'VE HAD A LITTLE OVER 300 PEOPLE LISTENING TO THE MUSIC AND DANCING. WE'VE HAD THE COMMUNITY BAND AND THE SQUARE DANCERS GOING BACK TO BACK.))
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Square dancers also made a few sparks last night.
Fireworks followed their act at midnight.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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A 14- year- old Roanoke girl is dead--
Roanoke police say a 16- year- old boy is suspected of shooting her last night.
It happened around 9-30 at a home in the Northwest section of the city. After speaking with the Commonwealth's Attorney's office, police released the male suspect into his mother's custody.


Charges are pending, once the investigation is complete.
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A Roanoke woman is charged with stabbing the man she lived with to death. Roanoke police arrested 40-year-old Brenda Warren yesterday morning and charged her with murder. Police say Warren stabbed 47-year-old Edward Raymond Anderson the Third Saturday night at the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road ..

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The next phase of the Virginia car tax elimination kicks in today.... nine days before the General Assembly convenes. Some legislators are unhappy about Governor Gilmore's plan to use national tobacco settlement money to continue to eliminate the car tax .. But the Gilmore administration says the car tax cut will happen - no matter what.
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Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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