[81-Fatal]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=01-34]
[GRAPHIC=81 Deadly Accident]


Three people were killed, and one person was injured in an accident on Interstate 81 in Botetourt County.
Authorities say speed is suspected to be the cause of the crash.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


The accident happened around at 10:50 last night near the Arcadia exit.
State Police say the vehicle was traveling Southbound when it ran off the left side of the road, overturned several times, and went airborne before landing.
The three victims were ejected from the vehicle.
They were airlifted to Roanoke Memorial, where they later died.
Charges are pending in the accident.
Authorities aren't yet releasing the names of the victims, but say they were students at Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.
They're all believed to be from the People's Republic of China.
(------------)
[Anchor=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


The driver of the vehicle was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with what is believed to be non-life threating injuries.




[11Ax-Roanoke]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=01-44 TC 1:37:22]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]

Two teenagers died, following a single car accident in Roanoke County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

Friends have erected a makeshift memorial for 18 year old Cory James Keeling, and 17 year old Douglas Hale Jennings, the second. Police responded to the accident shortly after 8-o'clock Wednesday night on Loch Haven Drive. Authorities believe Keeling was speeding, lost control of his car, and swerved off the road into a tree.
(------------)


[War-Update]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Enduring Freedom]


The fierce fighting in Afghanistan has all but stopped, with word that the Taliban is about to surrender.
Commanders on both sides are discussing details of the surrender.
But the fate of Arabs, Pakistanis, and other foreign fighters remains unclear.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Kunduz, Afghanistan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News; 1:08]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]

((
THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE IS KEEPING A TIGHT LID AROUND KUNDHUZ TODAY, WHILE FINAL DETAILS OF A TALIBAN-LED SURRENDER ARE IRONED OUT.
IN LIGHT OF THE ONGOING TALKS, U.S. WARPLANES HAVE REFRAINED FROM BOMBING THE CITY -- AND ALLIANCE SOLDIERS ARE HOLDING BACK THEIR FIRE -- UNLIKE 24-HOURS AGO.

(NAT - ROCKET FIRE)


ON THURSDAY, OPPOSITION FORCES ATTACKED TALIBAN POSITIONS WITH ROCKET LAUNCHERS, ARTILLERY AND TANKS. ALLIANCE COMMANDERS SAY THEIR TROOPS WERE APPARENTLY UNAWARE A DEAL HAD BEEN STRUCK ... ALLOWING TALIBAN FIGHTERS TO LEAVE THE NORTHERN STRONGHOLD UNHARMED.
THE TALIBAN BEGAN FLEEING KUNHDUZ BY THE TRUCKLOADS.

(NATSOT - TALIBAN SOLDIER)


WE WERE AFRAID THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE WAS GOING TO STORM THE CITY AND KILL US -- THIS TALIBAN DEFECTOR SAYS.
HOWEVER ... THOUSANDS OF PAKISTANI, ARAB, AND OTHER NON-AFGHAN FIGHTERS STILL LOYAL TO OSAMA BIN LADEN WON'T BE GOING ANYWHERE. ACCORDING TO THE AGREEMENT, FOREIGNERS OCCUPYING KUNDUZ WILL BE PLACED IN CAMPS UNTIL THE U.S.-LED COALITION DECIDES WHAT TO DO WITH THEM.
THE U.S. BELIEVES MANY OF THOSE FIGHTERS HAVE STRONG TIES TO THE AL-QAIDA TERRORIST NETWORK.

(STANDUP)


MEANWHILE, AN EVEN TOUGHER CHALLENGE LIES AHEAD IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN .. AS U.S. JETS CONTINUE TO TARGET TALIBAN FORCES, AND THE TUNNELS AND CAVES WHERE THEY HIDE.
ALEEN SIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON ))

[11Guard-Airport]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-49 TC 1:05:59]
[GRAPHIC=Thanksgiving]


Some area National Guardsmen are flying high this Thanksgiving, thanks to Delta Connection.
The airline provided a free Thanksgiving meal for the troops at the Roanoke Regional Airport yesterday.
(-------------)
[VO-NAT :14]


Shortly after the terrorist attacks, Governor Gilmore called up the National Guard to patrol and help assist security at nine Virginia airports.
Area guardsmen believe their presence has helped eased the fears of the traveling public
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT :52]
[IN Q=Several people say thank you]

((SGT. DWIGHT HODGES: SEVERAL PEOPLE SAY THANK YOU. MOST PEOPLE GO ABOUT THERE BUSINESS. I DON'T SEE ANY PANIC OR FEAR.))
[SUPER=07-Sgt. Dwight Hodges]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=panic or fear]
(----------)
[anchor=Kim]
[graphic=hold]


Several area restaurants donated the food and presented each guardsmen with gift certificates.
Airport security and Roanoke police officers stationed at the airport were also treated to the Thanksgiving feast.


[Mary-Kay]


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


A corporate icon - who not only inspired women, but also strived to make them beautiful - has died.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Mary Kay Ash - better known as Mary Kay - started her cosmetics company in 1963. Since then, it has become the second- largest direct sales cosmetics company in the nation - with revenue well over the one-billion-dollar mark last year. Every year the entrepreneur gave awards including furs, diamond rings and the trademark pink Cadillacs to top saleswomen. Ash died of natural causes at the age of 83.
(------------)


[1st-Business]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ckor]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


Trading resumes on Wall Street this morning, but it will be a short day. The stock market will close at ONE P-M.
In other business news, Tobacco giant R-J Reynolds has announced plans to buy the maker of American Spirit cigarettes. Details of the offer are scarce, but a release from North Carolina-based R-J-R says the company had offered 320 million dollars in cash for Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the rest of the morning's top business stories..
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:19]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]



(( GOOD MORNING THIS FRIDAY THE 23RD OF NOVEMBER.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
---------------------


THE SEPT. 11 TERROR ATTACKS LED TO MASSIVE LAYOFFS AND DARKENED BUSINESS FORECASTS AT MANY LARGE CORPORATIONS, THEY HAVEN'T FORCED SOME SMALLER FIRMS TO CHANGE THEIR HIRING OR EXPANSION PLANS,
A SURVEY BY TEC INTERNATIONAL FOUND IN ITS CANVASS OF 1,366 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF COMPANIES WITH ANNUAL REVENUES RANGING FROM $1 MILLION TO $1 BILLION, THAT 58 PERCENT DON'T PLAN TO INCREASE OR REDUCE THEIR STAFFS.
BUT SEVENTY-THREE PERCENT OF THOSE POLLED SAID THE ATTACKS WOULD HINDER THE NATION'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY.
-----------------------


THE CHRYSLER ARM OF DAIMLERCHRYSLER PLANS TO SPICE UP ITS ADVERTISING OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WITH A LITTLE SEX APPEAL.
ONE AD ALREADY RUNNING IN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY MAKES A JOKE ABOUT CONCEIVING A CHILD IN THE BACK SEAT OF A CHRYSLER SEDAN. ANOTHER SHOWS A MAN ASKING HIS NEIGHBOR IF HE'S INTO "SWAPPING."
THE MAN THEN TAKES THE KEYS TO THE NEIGHBOR'S CHRYSLER MINIVAN PARKED IN THE DRIVEWAY.
-------------------------


THE WORLD'S LARGEST WIRELESS MANUFACTURERS AND CARRIERS HAVE UNVEILED PLANS TO ENSURE COMPATIBILITY BETWEEN MOBILE PHONES AND SERVICES
THUS A NOKIA PHONE AND A SONY ERICSSON PHONE MIGHT LOOK DIFFERENT, AND ONE SERVICE PROVIDER MIGHT SUPPORT AN ELECTRONIC BANKING SERVICE WHILE ANOTHER MIGHT NOT, BUT BOTH PHONES WOULD BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD AND RUN THE SAME PROGRAM.
-----------------------


AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP BUSINESS HAPPENINGS..
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Henry-Layoffs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-52 TC 24:31]
[GRAPHIC=Thanksgiving]


Recent layoffs, budget shortfalls, and possible school closings are making for some tough times in Henry County.
But as Justin McLeod discovered, residents still remain thankful and more importantly, hopeful this Thanksgiving.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 33:12]
[IN Q=Nat sound of Steve standing in dining room]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve McDaniel/VF Imagewear Employee; :13]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer McDaniel/Henry Co. Teacher; :35]
[SUPER=@justin1; :42]
[SUPER=01-Sheilla Coplin/Thanksgiving Meal Organizer; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Becky Hundley/Henry Co. Resident; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Henry Co.]


((NAT SOUND OF STEVE STANDING IN DINING ROOM)) (( Steve McDaniel may soon lose his job but not his optitism.
The VF Imagewear employee found out just last week he will most likely be out of a job by July.
[SOT 29:34]
[IN Q=I'm just going to]

((STEVE McDANIEL/VF IMAGEWEAR EMPLOYEE: I'M JUST GOING TO SEE WHAT MY OPTIONS ARE WITH VF AND TAKE IT FROM THERE.))
[Runs= 06]
[OUT Q=it from there]


Taking it from there involves more than two thousand VF employees.
However, the layoffs affect more than just the people who work there.
On Wednesday, the economic downturn forced the Henry County school board to outline a plan to consolidate and close some schools.
[SOT 30:42]
[IN Q=You definetely have to watch]

((JENNIFER McDANIEL/HENRY CO. SCHOOL TEACHER: YOU DEFINETELY HAVE TO WATCH WHAT YOU SPEND. AS FAR AS CHRISTMAS GOES, CHRISTMAS COMING UP, YOU HAVE TO DO SOME CUTBACKS.))
[Runs= 06]
[OUT Q=to do some cutbacks]
[SOT 37:20]
[IN Q=The recent layoffs]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE RECENT LAYOFFS AT VF IMAGEWEAR IS ALREADY HAVING AN AFFECT ON THIS COMMUNITY. ONE OF THE LARGEST THANKSGIVING MEALS IS HELD AT THE GALLERY EVERY YEAR. ORGANIZERS SAW A RECORD TURNOUT THIS YEAR, SERVING SEVERAL HUNDRED MORE PEOPLE THAN LAST YEAR.))
[Runs= 13]
[OUT Q=than last year]

((NAT SOUND OF SERVING THE MEAL))
Last year, the Martinsville Henry County Community Thanksgiving served more than 12-hundred dinners.
This year, that number grew to more than 18-hundred.
And organizers fear more layoffs and a larger need in the future.
[SOT 42:07]
[IN Q=It might be me next time]

((SHEILLA COPLIN/ORGANIZER: IT MIGHT BE ME NEXT TIME. AND I'D LIKE TO THINK THE COMMUNITY WOULD TAKE CARE OF ME AS WELL.))
[Runs= 06]
[OUT Q=me as well]


So much many feel community involvement will be key to the county's recovery.
[SOT 25:20]
[IN Q=Its a sad time]

((BECKY HUNDLEY/AREA RESIDENT: ITS A SAD TIME BUT ITS A PULLING TOGETHER TOO AND WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER ABOUT, THATS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT.))
[Runs= 05]
[OUT Q=its all about]


So on this Thanksgiving, no one here is ready to pack in just yet. (SHOT OF PACKING DINNERS; 22:47)
Justin McLeod, News 7, Henry County.))

[Consumer-Corner]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The Chick-Fil-A cows come out again .. this time on a calendar.
And some drivers might take vehicle safety a little too seriously.
Joe Gilday has more in this morning's Consumer Corner.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT Monday CONUS 04:18:11]
[IN Q=SUV safety has been an ongoing]
[SUPER=01-Andy Torres/Ultra Coachbuilders; :12]
[SUPER=01-Raj Dedsai/IBM Telematic Solutions; :42]
[SUPER=04-Chick-Fil-A; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Joe Gilday/Reporting; 1:13]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=Joe Gilday reporting]

(( S-U-V SAFETY HAS BEEN AN ONGOING CONCERN.
THERE ISN'T MUCH YOU CAN DO TO FIX THAT.
BUT YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE...
AND SOME PEOPLE ARE CUSTOMIZING TO THE MAX... INVESTING IN ROLLING BUNKERS.

(SOT-TORRES "Just the protection from small arms, bomb blast... the

ability to run on flat tires in case the tires get shot out...")

THIS CALIFORNIA SHOP OWNER SAYS HIS CLIENTS ARE PRIMARILY WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS.
AT 100-GRAND PER VEHICLE, THIS BRAND OF SECURITY WILL PROBABLY SEEM EXCESSIVE TO MOST PEOPLE.

I-B-M IS WORKING ON COMPONENTS TO CREATE A 'NETWORKED' CAR.
TELEPHONE, NAVIGATION, ENTERTAINMENT AND DIAGNOSTICS... ALL ARE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS... OR NOT...

(SOT-DESAI "You just talk to it. you don't have to look at the

displays or anything. You can talk to it.")
THE ENTIRE SYSTEM IS VOICE ACTIVATED.
AND IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG...
(NATS- "Uh oh. The engine has overheated.")

THE CAR WILL TALK TO YOU.
I-B-M BELIEVES TELEMATICS, AS THESE SYSTEMS ARE CALLED, WILL EVENTUALLY BE STANDARD EQUIPMENT.

LIGHTS, CAMERA...
HOLSTEINS.
THE CHICK-FIL-A RESTAURANT CHAIN IS ONCE AGAIN USING THE TALENTS OF HOLSTEIN COWS TO PROMOTE THEIR FAST FOOD CHICKEN.
AND THE 2002 CHICK-FIL-A COW CALENDAR HAS COWS GOING TO THE EXTREME.
THE "COWS TO THE EXTREME" CALENDAR COSTS FIVE DOLLARS.
YOU CAN PICK ONE UP AT A CHICK-FIL-A RESTAURANT...
IN THE CONSUMER CORNER, I'M JOE GILDAY, ALL NEWS CHANNEL.))


(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]


[War-Costs]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=War on Terrorism]

[**ANCHOR TAG**]
American forces in Afghanistan have not paid a heavy price in HUMAN terms .. but the price tag to conduct the war is a big one.
Terry Turner shows us how quickly it adds up .. in today's "Washington Watchdog."
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT Monday CONUS 04:10:40]
[IN Q=When B-52 bombers]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chris Hellman/Center for Defense Information; :12]
[SUPER=01-Terry Turner/Reporting; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:49]
[OUT Q=I'm Terry Turner, First Business]

(( WHEN B-2 BOMBERS STRIKE AFGHANISTAN...THEY HAVE TO FLY FROM BASES IN MISSOURI...HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD. THERE ARE NO ALLIED BASES THAT ALLOW BOMBING MISSIONS...CLOSE TO THE ACTION.

(SOT-HELLMAN "That is the least cost-effective way to do it. The

problem is that from a political standpoint, it's the most expedient way to do it.")

UNTIL THE U-S GETS AIR BASES CLOSER TO THE ACTION...B-2s 'AND' B-52s CAN FLY FROM U-S BASES. IT COSTS AS MUCH AS 10-THOUSAND BUCKS AN HOUR TO KEEP THEM FLYING.
A SINGLE BOMB RUN CAN RUN 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THE BOMB LOAD...ANOTHER HALF MILLION OR MORE.
AT 25-THOUSAND APIECE...EACH SMART BOMB...COSTS AS MUCH AS SOME COLLEGE EDUCATIONS. MAYBE THAT'S WHY THEIR SO SMART.
DURING THE GULF WAR...PLANES COULD PARK CLOSE TO THE ACTION. PILOTS COULD FLY MULTIPLE MISSIONS EVERY DAY.
DIFFERENT THIS TIME.

(SOT-HELLMAN "With the emphasis on carrier based aircraft...a single

sortie can take you 6-8 hours.")

EACH STRIKE FIGHTER...COSTS AROUND SIX-GRAND AN HOUR TO OPERATE.
EACH CARRIER BATTLE GROUP...MORE THAN TWO-AND-A-HALF MILLION DOLLARS A DAY. THERE ARE THREE GROUPS IN ACTION.
SOUND EXPENSIVE? LET'S PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE.
(SU-TURNER "It'll cost as much as a billion dollars to fix the Pentagon...and for that kind of money...the American military can fight the War on Terrorism for a whole month.")

IT'S A BARGAIN WHEN YOU REALIZE...THE PENTAGON SPENDS 29-TIMES THAT MUCH...WITHOUT A WAR.
STILL...IT'S 50-MILLION DOLLARS A DAY...23-THOUSAND BUCKS A MINUTE.
AND IN THE TIME IT TOOK ME TO TELL YOU ALL THIS...UNCLE SAM SPENT MORE THAN 35-THOUSAND...IN THE WAR ON TERRORISM.
BUT LIKE THEY SAY...'FREEDOM ISN'T FREE.'
WATCHING WASHINGTON, I'M TERRY TURNER.
IN WASHINGTON, I'M TERRY TURNER. FIRST BUSINESS.))
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


None of the money to pay for the war comes out of the Pentagon's regular 350-billion dollar budget. The military will ask Congress later for extra money to pay for the war.

[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news, Stocks re-open for trading today after taking a break for Thanksgiving. The session will be abbreviated, with the stock market closing at ONE P-M. Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 11/22/2001 - 03NA - 03:07:35]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]


((INVESTORS DIDN'T GOBBLE UP STOCKS THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING.. AS EXPECTED TRADING WAS LIGHT AND MANY INVESTORS WERE HESITANT TO HOLD ANY BIG POSITIONS OVER THE HOLIDAY...
TECH, AIRLINE AND RETAIL STOCKS LED THE DECLINE.

(graphic)

THE DOW

(graphic)

THE NASDAQ

(on cam)

FRIDAY'S SESSION IS AN ABBREVIATED ONE WITH THE STOCK MARKET CLOSING AT 1PM EASTERN TIME.
NEW REPORTS SHOW AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS IN THE WORKS
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AS MEASURED BY THE MICHIGAN SENTIMENT INDEX REBOUNDED SLIGHTLY IN NOVEMBER.
AND THE UNEMPLOYMENTS LINES ARE GETTING A BIT SHORTER. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE FILING FOR FIRST TIME UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS LAST WEEK FELL BY 15-THOUSAND ...THE FOURTH STRAIGHT WEEK DECLINE AND A SIGN THAT THE PACE OF LAYOFFS FOLLOWING THE SEPT 11TH ATTACKS IS SLOWING.
THIS ENCOURAGING NEWS ABOUT THE ECONOMY IS ACTUALLY PUSHING MORTGAGE RATES HIGHER FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE MID-AUGUST.

(GRAPHIC)

THE AVERAGE RATE ON A 30 YEAR FIXED MORTGAGE JUMPED A QUARTER POINT THIS WEEK TO 6.75 PERCENT.. RATES HIT RECORD LOWS OF 6.45 PERCENT JUST TWO WEEKS AGO.. BUT THE MORTAGE RATE PICTURE IS STILL GOOD.. A YEAR AGO, THE 30 YEAR RATE WAS 7.73 PERCENT...

(ON CAM)

THE NEW WEEK WILL SERVE UP A FULL ECONOMIC CALENDAR.

(GRAPHIC)

LOOK FOR REPORTS ON NEW AND EXISTING HOME SALES, CONSUMER CONFIDENCE, DURABLE GOODS ORDERS AND THIRD QTR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT.

(GRAPHIC)

TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM .. AT THE NASDAQ

(ON CAM)

I'M AC IN NY.))


(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS]
[COMM#7]




[Hero-Holidays]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Holiday Shopping]

[**ANCHOR TAG**]
The holiday shopping season is now underway .. and from all indications, people will be buying fewer violent toys this year.
Kathryn Judisch reports on the recent toy-buying trends.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT Monday CONUS 04:20:28]
[IN Q=Tickle Me Elmo]
[SUPER=04-Mattel Video - 1996; :00]
[SUPER=01-Judith Nolte/American Baby Magazine; :15]
[SUPER=03-Bloomington, MN; :22]
[SUPER=01-Faune Soares/Wal-Mart Spokesperson; :30]
[SUPER=01-Kathryn Judisch/Reporting; :39]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=Kathryn Judisch Reporting]


(( TICKLE ME ELMO WAS THE SURPRISE HIT OF 1996.
FIVE YEARS LATER, ELMO IS BACK..

((NATS OF GIGGLE))

A FAMILIAR FRIEND TO HELP US LAUGH AGAIN.

((SOT)) NOLTE..

"A child icon, such as a character, something the child has read about, that they are familiar with becomes a very secure source of comfort and enjoyment.

PARENTS ARE BUYING COMFORT TOYS.
SINCE THE TERRORIST ATTACKS, RETAILERS, SUCH AS WALMART, HAVE NOTICED MORE SALES OF PLUSH TOYS.

((SOT)) SOARES Because they're cute, they're cuddly and security,

especially for the little ones. It's a good security blanket. :06

DEMAND IS ALSO UP FOR RESCUE VEHICLES, FIREFIGHTER AND POLICE FIGURES.

((STANDUP))WALMART TAPE
One hotseller has been Mattel's Fisher-Price "Rescue Heros." Billy Blazes and Wendy Waters are firefighters and S Sergeant Siren is a cop.

AND ARRIVING IN STORES NOW.. A SPECIAL EDITION RESCUE HERO.. FDNY FIREFIGHTER BILLY BLAZES.
WHILE THE ENTIRE WORLD DISCOVERED THE HEROISM OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK CITY ON SEPTEMBER 11, FISHER-PRICE DECIDED A YEAR AGO TO HAVE A NEW YORK FIREFIGHTER IN STORES IN TIME FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.
IT HAD ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO SHIP 20,000 OF THE BLACK-UNIFORMED ACTION FIGURES.. NOW IT'S DELIVERING 100-THOUSAND.
AS THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON HEATS UP, THE CLIMATE SEEMS TO BE FAVORING LESS VIOLENT TOYS.. LED BY HEROS WHO RESTORE ORDER..

((RESCUE HERO NATS)) AND A FURRY FRIEND WHO HELPS US LAUGH..

((ELMO NATS))

KJ,REPORTING ))
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[GRAPHIC=]


F-D-N-Y Billy Blazes can be found at Toys-R- Us stores and at the store's website for about ten bucks.
Fisher-Price says it will donate proceeds from sales of the action figure to New York Fire Safety Education Fund.

[11Shut-Ins]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-54 24:31]
[GRAPHIC=Thanksgiving]

Several area organizations gave homebound residents some reasons to give thanks.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


About 20 volunteers helped deliver Thanksgiving meals to Roanoke's homebound elderly yesterday morning.
Each senior received a hot prepared meal, flowers, and a holiday gift.
Volunteers also make a point to sit down, and spend some one-on-one time with each recipient.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:44]
[IN Q=especially in this time]

((AIMEE WAINWRIGHT/AREA AGENCY ON AGING: ESPECIALLY IN THIS TIME WHEN FAMILY, HAVING PEOPLE AROUND YOU ITS IMPORTANT TO LET THEM TO KNOW ESPECIALLY ON THE HOLIDAY THAT THERE IS SOMEBODY OUT THERE THINKING ABOUT THEM AND THAT SOMEONE CARES.))
[SUPER=01-Aimee Wainwright/Area Agency on Aging]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=that someone cares]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Roanoke's Area agency On Aging sponsored this year's delivery.
Volunteers delivered more than a 150 meals to seniors in Roanoke and Vinton. (------------)