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[TALENT=Kimberly]

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Roanoke City police already have a full plate--
Now, they have another shooting on their hands.
A Northwest Roanoke man was shot several times as he was driving last night.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a Roanoke man dies after being struck by a car on Orange Avenue.
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Partly sunny skies today as we attempt another small increase in our temperatures. Forecast details are ahead.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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News 7 at noon is coming up next.



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Add another shooting to the growing list of violent incidents in Roanoke over the past two weeks--

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Roanoke Police are investigating another shooting.
This time, a man was shot several times last night.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

24 year old Randy Cabbler, of Northwest Roanoke, told police he was driving down Staunton Avenue Northwest around 6:45 when someone repeatedly fired at him for several blocks.
Police say Cabbler managed to drive to the intersection of 5th and Orange Avenue when a tire on his car blew out. Cabbler apparently ran to a Holiday Inn Express at the intersection of Orange Avenue.
Cabbler's condition is not being released. There's no word on a suspect.
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The search continues for the suspect in Tuesday's fatal shooting at a Roanoke car shop.
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[VO-NAT]

29-year-old Earl Allen Hale was indicted by the Roanoke grand jury on murder and firearms charges.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Tuesday]

He's accused of fatally shooting 27-year-old Charlene Ramsey outside Hot Rods Car Care. Police say Hale used to date Charlene Ramsey, and had harassed her on two occassions, including the day of her murder.
Hale is also accused of wounding Rodney Eugene Basham, the operator of "Hot Rods." Basham underwent surgery Tuesday - his condition isn't being released.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[Walker]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week]

The suspect in a fatal shooting at a Roanoke convenience store Christmas Eve was indicted yesterday. 19-year-old Bernard Maurice Walker is charged with killing Reaco (Rico) Ramon Hilton at a Melrose Avenue convenience store. Walker was directly indicted on murder and firearm charges - including an "unlawful possession of a firearm" charge. Walker is still on the loose.
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[Reverend-Crime]


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One local minister is speaking out against the recent violence in Roanoke.
He says its time the community looked for ways to stop it. Meredyth Censullo has more.
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[IN Q=Four murders...]
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[SUPER=07-Rev. Levi Dent; :46]
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[OUT Q=news 7, Roanoke]

((4 murders since Christmas Eve .. 18-year-old Reaco Hilton shot to death at a Roanoke convenience store .. 2 others shot the next day, possibly in retaliation. Monique Swain stabbed to death the day after Christmas - allegedly by a 17-year-old girl Edward Anderson found dead New Years Eve at a local motel .. the woman he lived with charged with murder. And Charlene Ramsey, gunned down Tuesday in broad daylight - her friend, Rodney Basham, recovering from surgery after being shot several times. And then there's the 14-year-old girl who lost her life to a gun, possibly an accident, at this apartment complex New Years Eve.

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[SOT @ 6:55 - 7:03]
[IN Q=And I'm here...]

((REV. LEVI DENT: AND I'M HERE TO APPEAL, TO SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE...I'M ASKING THEM TO STOP THE VIOLENCE...STOP THE VIOLENCE.))
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[OUT Q=violence...stop the violence.]


Reverend Levi Dent operates an outreach ministry .. He's concerned about what appears to be a rising number of violent crimes - especially among Roanoke's younger generations.

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[SOT 10:26 - 10:41]
[IN Q=Once a person...]

((ONCE A PERSON LOSES THE AMBITION TO BE SOMEBODY, THEN THEY LOSE RESPECT FOR YOU AND FOR ME .. AND I'LL BE FRANK WITH YOU - ITS GETTING SCARED - ITS GETTING SCARY AND WE'RE JUST ABOUT HELD HOSTAGE IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY.))
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[OUT Q=our community.]


Dent says he's worried Roanoke's youth think "to die is to be a hero" - he wants to change that mindset. And he says he'll take his message to the streets.

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[IN Q=There's enough...]

((THERES ENOUGH KILLING...ENOUGH BLOODSHED...ITS ENOUGH. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.))
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Meredyth Censullo, News 7, Roanoke. ))

[Fatal-Accident]


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A Roanoke man was killed after being hit by a car. The accident happened around 11 last night in the 35-hundred block of Orange Avenue Northeast. Authorities say 35 year old Thomas Sidney Draper of Roanoke struck the pedestrian who was pronounced dead at the scene.
His identity has not been released. Police are investigating.

[Mental-Health]


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Will it stay or will it go?
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape;]


Today, Virginia's Commissioner of Health will let Officials at Southern Virginia's Mental Health Institute know whether the state plans to close that facility.
The Commissioner will announce the decision today at a public forum at the institute.
This all comes after the state legislature mandated that the Commissioner reorganize the delivery of mental health services.
We will have the decision and much more on this story tonight on News 7 at five and six.
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[Brush-Fire]


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The brush fire in Southern California is growing.
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Despite the all- night efforts of firefighters, the blaze has grown to eight thousand acres.
It's evacuated hundreds of residents and destroyed several homes.
Strong desert winds and dry conditions are making firefighting efforts even tougher.
Firefighters say they don't know when they'll have it under control.
It's only about 10- percent contained right now.
Another thousand firefighters are expected on the fire lines today, and the California Air National Guard is on alert.
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[Bush-Staff]


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A long-time advisor to President- Elect Bush will head the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Austin, TX;]


Bush announced this morning that he's nominating Joe (ALL-bah) Allbaugh for the post.
(ALL-bah) Allbaugh was Bush's Presidential campaign manager.
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[SOT 11:05:52 ]
[IN Q=I look forward]

((JOE ALLBAUGH/FEMA APPOINTEE: I LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING THE RANKS OF RESERVISTS, EMPLOYEES, AND VOLUNTEERS THAT WILL CONTINUE AN AMERICAN TRADITION OF ASSISTING OUR AMERICAN CITIZENS WHEN DISASTER STRIKES.))
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[OUT Q=when disaster strikes.]
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[VO-NAT]


Bush also appointed another close friend to his administration.
Karl Rove was tapped to serve as Senior White House advisor.
Rove was the senior political strat-egist during Bush's campaign.
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[Mancuso]


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A former Roanoke Express General Manager, and his assistant, are charged with embezzling funds from the hockey team.
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[SUPER=04-1998]


A Roanoke grand jury indicted Tony Mancuso yesterday.
Mancusco was let go at the end of the 98-99 season. But the team's current G-M says the team didn't realize what had happened until Mancuso and his assistant, James (Higgin-both-um) Higginbotham had left.
Prosecutors say about 10 thousand dollars was embezzled from the Express between June of 1998 and June of 99.
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A Tennessee woman receives a 30 year prison sentence for her role in a nine-hour standoff.
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[SUPER=03-Wytheville/April 2000;]


21-year-old Angel Tanner pled guilty in September to kidnapping, carjacking and other charges.
Her boyfriend Dennis Lewis got four life sentences for his role in the standoff.
The couple's arrest ended a two-day crime spree last April that began in Tennessee and ended at the home of a Wythe County family.
Ricky and Toni Sexton were held hostage for nine hours, before authorities coaxed the fugitives out safely.
Tanner still faces federal prosecution and charges in Tennessee.
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[State-Budget]


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The budget will be on the General Assembly's "to do" list when it convenes this month.
However, Virginia residents have the chance to discuss some of the issues this week.
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[SUPER=03-Rustburg]


House and Senate finance committees are holding public hearings across the state this week to gather citizen input on possible budget amendments.
Nearly 50 people spoke up in Rustburg yesterday on topics ranging from tourism to expanding passenger rail transportation.
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[IN Q=As more American]

((REX HAMMOND/LYNCHBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: AS MORE AMERICAN CITIES ENCOUNTER GRIDLOCK, POOR AIR QUALITY AND CRIPPLING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH BUILDING OUR NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM, EXPANDING PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE IS AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME.))
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[OUT Q=time has come.]
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[VO-NAT]


Local educators also want lawmakers to find more money for teachers.
Governor Gilmore's 48- billion dollar budget does "not" include anything for teacher pay raises.
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[I-73]


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A big supporter of Interstate 73 is voicing her opinion on the proposed route.
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Beth Doughty of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce spoke to the Kiwannis club yesterday.
She says not only would the interstate bring economic benefits to the Roanoke Valley, but it would also be safer than US-220. Some I-73 opponents don't want the route going past the Blue Ridge Parkway- but Doughty says that shouldn't eliminate all construction options.
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[16:58:09.25 SOT]
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((AND I HATE TO SEE THE BUILD OPTION OR THE POSSIBILITIES AND THE BENEFITS THAT COME FROM THE BUILD OPTION TO BE LOST IN A DEBATE OVER EXACTLY WHICH ROUTE THE ROAD IS GOING TO TAKE))
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[VO-NAT]


A definite route for the highway that would connect South Carolina to Michigan cannot be made until a decision to build the highway is final.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board is expected to vote in the next few months.
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The last day for public input about I-73 is January 12th.

[Hussein]


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In Iraq, there are reports and official denials that leader Saddam Hussein has suffered a stroke.
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It was the New Year's Eve parade in Baghdad that sparked rumors about Saddam's health.
He was seen greeting his troops by firing shots in the air.
But Iraqi opposition sources who watched the live broadcast say there were unusual movements in the crowd.
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[IN Q=There were two]

((MOWAFFAK AL-RUBAIE/IRAQI OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN: THERE WERE TWO TIMES WHEN THE SCREEN WENT BLANK. I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING SERIOUS GOING ON THERE, SOMETHING UNUSUAL. WE DONT' KNOW WHAT.))
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[OUT Q=we don't know what.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meanwhile, Iraqi officials deny Saddam suffered a stroke Sunday night.
Iraqi T-V showed him chairing a cabinet meeting that supposedly took place on Monday.
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[Punxsutawney-Postcard]


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While Old Man Winter may have showed his face a little early this year,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Harrisburg, PA;]

many are already wondering if the world's most famous Groundhog will see his SHADOW.
Some residents in Pennsylvania are hoping to influence Punxsutawney Phil well before Groundhog Day.
They're putting on the pressure at the post office in hopes of swaying Phil's forecast.
They've begun signing a postcard that'll be hand- delivered to Phil.
If public opinion wins out on February second, Phil won't see his shadow and spring will arrive soon.
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[Interest-Rates]


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In business news--
The air is a bit sweeter today for financial markets around the world.
That after yesterday's surprising half- point interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve.
Mark Phillips reports.
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((

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BBC Newsnight
(Newsnight opening- flag down plughole)

If TV coverage here is any indication, the fear is that a slowing US economy will drag the rest of the world down the drain with it.
London This Morning
(Markets)

Such is the dependence of internation markets to the US economy that the first internatonal reaction to the Fed's surprise rate cut was no surprise. Across Asia and into Europe this morning the markets first loved it and then settled back down, worrying whether the cut was a short rather than a long -term fix.
Early gains in Tokyo stocks fell back to a small loss and the pattern -- at least of early gains -- seems to be repeating itself in Frankfurt, Paris and London. But the trading day is yet young and the uncertainty great.

(SOT Justin Urquhart Stewart -- Barclay's Bank)

01014 There's no great deal of confidence at the moment, what we're waiting to see is really a recovery in the american economy, maybe its in recession already we don't have enough statistics..0156.

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The European Central Bank and the Bank of England had been expected to hold their rates firm for the time being -- perhaps lowering them next month. But Alan Greenspan's unexpected rate cut has thrown everything off balance and a rate cut here -- sooner or later -- is now seen as inevitable. That the Fed acted so decisively is seen as as a good sign. That the Fed had to act so dramatically is seen a worrying. MP CBS News London. ))