An early- morning collision between two Roanoke City police cars sends one officer to the hospital.
It happened just before two this morning on Williamson Road.
Authorities say three officers were responding to reports of a possible stolen vehicle from Henry County.
The first responding officer determined that the vehicle was not stolen, and turned around.
But the other two officers kept going.
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[IN Q=The last officer]
((SHELLY ALLEY/ROANOKE CITY POLICE SPOKESWOMAN: THE LAST OFFICER HIT THE SECOND OFFICER IN THE DRIVER'S SIDE, CAUSING BOTH CARS TO FLIP. ONE FLIPPED BACK OVER AND BOTH RESTED ON WILLIAMSON ROAD IN FRONT OF THE CHECKS CASHED BUSINESS.))
[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Roanoke City Police Spokeswoman;]
[OUT Q=Checks Cashed business.]
Officer B-W Hughes was the policeman who struck the vehicle of Officer H-T Ferris.
Ally says Officer Hughes was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with what appear to be minor injuries.
The accident is under investigation.
Danville police are looking for two suspects in an incident where an man was shot in the face.
18 year old Montae (mon-TAY) Deshaun Jackson was wounded following a disagreement on the two-hundred block of Stuart Street yesterday morning.
Jackson was taken to U-V-A Medical center for surgery.
The investigation is continuing.
In national news--
A day after tribal fighters declared victory, Afghan militia members report seeing U-S special forces searching the Tora Bora mountain range for al-Qaida survivors.
The search ALSO continues for their leader, Osama Bin Laden.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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[SUPER=143-Tora Bora, Afghanistan; :00]
[SUPER=141-Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary; :53]
[SUPER=141-Aleen Sirgany/Reporting; 1:19]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]
THE WORLD FINALLY GETS ITS FIRST GLIMPSE OF OSAMA BIN LADEN'S AL QAIDA
FIGHTERS. THEIR FACES NO LONGER HIDDEN AWAY IN THE THE MOUNTAINS OF
TRIBAL FORCES CAPTURED AND DETAINED MORE THAN A DOZEN AL-QAIDA
MILITIA-MEN -- AFTER FLUSHING THEM OUT OF THE CAVES AND TUNNELS OF TORA
INJURED, COLD, AND EXHAUSTED ... THE PRISONERS DESCRIBED WHAT IT WAS
LIKE HOLED UP IN THE RUGGED COUNTRYSIDE FOR WEEKS.
(NAT - AL-QAIDA FIGHTER FROM KUWAIT)
THEY WERE FIRING FROM THE AIR ON US CONSTANTLY, THIS 17-YEAR AL-QAIDA
FIGHTER FROM KUWAIT SAYS. ALL YOU COULD HEAR FOR DAYS WAS BANG, BANG.
EASTERN ALLIANCE TROOPS SAY THEY HAVE ALREADY KILLED AT LEAST 200
AL-QAIDA MEMBERS. AND ABOUT TWO-THOUSAND OTHERS ARE FLEEING -- MOST
LIKELY TO PAKISTAN.
DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD -- WHO VISITED U.S. TROOPS IN
AFGHANISTAN -- SAID IT WAS STILL TOO EARLY TO DECLARE VICTORY.
(SOT: DONALD RUMSFELD/DEFENSE SECRETARY)
"We know what we're killing, and we know what we're capturing. And we
know the few are surrendering. But one can not know how many people are
actually in those caves and tunnels, and hiding in the mountains."
TODAY, U.S. SPECIAL FORCES WERE SEEN COMBING THE TORA BORA MOUNTAINS
... IN SEARCH OF SURVIVING AL-QAIDA MEMBERS -- AND MORE IMPORTANTLY --
THEIR LEADER ... OSAMA BIN LADEN.
Governor Jim Gilmore says the state budget he presents to the General Assembly on Wednesday will give state employees a two percent pay raise next year.
Also, the Richmond Times Dispatch is reporting that Gilmore will propose to advance the car tax cut from 70 percent to 100 percent in two years.
That's despite a budget deficit nearing a billion dollars.
The tax cut was supposed to be fully implemented next year.
But Gilmore has already said that won't be possible because of the state's budget woes.
Gilmore leaves office on January 12th.
Governor-elect Mark Warner has promised to eliminate the tax before his four-year term ends.
The Roanoke Valley's Community Christmas store wrapped up another successful holiday season.
The store helped nearly six hundred needy families in the Roanoke Valley this year, a record for the charity.
Each eligible family got the chance to shop for all new items such as toys, clothing, food, and other gifts.
The store was opened Friday and Saturday in the old CVS building at Cave Spring Corners.
This will be the last year the Community Christmas Store operates from that building.
A new location has yet to be found.
In business news this morning, Vivendi Universal puts more than a billion dollars into Echostar Communications.
And today is expected to be the busiest mailing day of the year.
Here's Nathan Roberts with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Nathan Roberts/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS MONDAY THE 17TH OF DECEMBER.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
A BIG MEDIA PLAYER IS GETTING BIGGER...
VIVENDI UNIVERSAL HAS - AS IT HINTED ON FRIDAY---- BOUGHT THE
STUDIOS THAT CRANK OUT MATERIAL FOR BARRY DILLER'S U-S-A NETWORKS...
AND A SATELLITE PLATFORM TO BOOT.
VIVENDI IS PUTTING ONE POINT FIVE BILLION DOLLARS INTO ECHOSTAR
COMMUNICATIONS.. AND WALKING AWAY WITH A TEN PERCENT STAKE IN THE DISH
THAT GIVES THE COMPANY A NEW OUTLET FOR UNIVERSAL PICTURES ...
AND WHILE THAT PART OF THE DEAL BROKE OUT THIS WEEKEND, THE U-S-A
BUY COMES AS NO REAL SUPRISE, IT LEAKED OUT FRIDAY.. ALL EXCEPT THE
12-POINT FOUR BILLION DOLLAR PRICE TAG.
DR. KOOP LIFECARE IS TERMINALLY ILL.....
THE INTERNET HEALTH INFORMATION SERVICE COULDN'T FIND FUNDING...
AND SAYS IT WILL SHUT DOWN AND LIQUIDATE, WITH BANKRUPTCY TO FOLLOW.
THE U-S POSTAL SERVICE EXPECTS TODAY TO BE THE BUSIEST MAILING
DAY OF THE YEAR. ...
THAT MEANS THE BUSIEST DELIVERY DAY FOLLOWS ON WEDNESDAY.
ABOUT 680 MILLION ITEMS MOVE THROUGH POST OFFICES ON AN AVERAGE
DAY... WITH THE HOLIDAYS UPON US.... YOU CAN ADD 200 MILLION EXTRA
CARDS AND LETTERS TO TODAY'S EXPECTED COUNT.
TRICON GLOBAL RESTAURANTS.. THE PEOPLE BEHIND PIZZA HUT, TACO
BELL AND K-F-C, ARE PREPARING A NEW BRAND.
WING THINGS SHOULD BE READY FOR FRANCHISEEES TO ADD TO EXISTING
STORES BY THE END OF 2002.
COMPANY OFFICIALS TELL ANALYSTS THAT THEY'VE SEEN SO MUCH SUCCESS
IN MULTI BRANDING-- COMBINING THEIR DIFFERENT STORES IN THE SAME
LOCATION-- THAT THEY ARE PREPARING A NEW IN-HOUSE BRAND TO JOIN THE
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M NATHAN ROBERTS IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
It's another number-one hit for Tom Cruise.
[VO-NAT - 3:57:00]
[SUPER=04-"Vanilla Sky"; HOT CHANGE]
His new erotic thriller, ''Vanilla Sky,'' opened in first place this weekend earning 25 million dollars.
The box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations says the week's receipts put Hollywood over the top of last year's all-time revenue record of seven-point-seven billion dollars.
[TAKE FS CHYRON]
[SUPER=77-Vanilla Sky/25/Ocean's Eleven/23.1/Not Another Teen Movie/13.1/Harry Potter/9.9/Behind Enemy Lines/5.5;]
''Vanilla Sky'' bumped ''Ocean's Eleven'' to the number-two spot, even though it earned 23 million dollars this weekend.
In the number three spot is ''Not Another Teen Movie,'' followed by ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'' and ''Behind
A holiday tradition returned to Roanoke this weekend to rave reviews.
Hundreds of Jefferson High School alumni came out for a revival of a popular Christmas play.
As Justin McLeod discovered, it's a story that hasn't seen the stage in more than thirty years.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of People walking in]
[SUPER=01-Matt Russo/Performer; :34]
[SUPER=01-Rachel Morris/Performer; 1:21]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF PEOPLE WALKING IN))
For alumni of Jefferson High School, what is old is new again.
It's a play called 'Why the Chimes Rang."
And Joyce Helms remembers it fondly.
[IN Q=This was the highlight of the]
((JOYCE HELM/"CLASS OF 46": THIS WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR.))
[OUT Q=of the year]
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF THE PLAY))
The highlight was performed by the Jefferson High school drama club every year from 1936 until 1967.
Sunday afternoon, this holiday tradition returned to the Jefferson Center....thanks to some Patrick Henry High School students.
[IN Q=It feels kind of odd]
((MATT RUSSO/STUDENT ACTOR: IT FEELS KIND OF ODD BECAUSE IT HASN'T EVER BEEN DONE SINCE THEN. IN A SAME WAY IT FEELS SPECIAL CAUSE WE'RE THE FIRST PEOPLE TO START IT UP AGAIN.))
[OUT Q=it up again]
This time around, the script called for some changes.
Some characters are now played by boys rather than girls.
And one popular role, made up by some Jefferson High students, is completely missing from this updated version.
But the spirit of the play remains the same.
[IN Q=The play sends an inspirtational]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE PLAY SENDS AN INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE. IT TELLS THE STORY OF A CATHEDRAL WHERE THE CHIMES, ACCORDING TO LEGEND, WILL ONLY RING IF A SPECIAL GIFT IS PLACED ON THE ALTAR. ULTIMATELY, ITS THE GIFT OF A YOUNG CHILD THAT MAKES THOSE CHIMES RING.))
[OUT Q=those chimes ring]
((NAT SOUND OF PLAY 49:29))
The child is rewarded for the care shown to a sick and hungry old woman.
[IN Q=Its pretty much]
((RACHEL MORRIS/STUDENT ACTOR: ITS PRETTY MUCH YOUR REGULAR EVERYDAY CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. ITS NOT ABOUT GIFTS AND EVERYTHING AND BEING THE BEST AND GETTING THE BEST STUFF. ITS ABOUT GIVING A PIECE OF YOURSELF.))
[OUT Q=piece of yourself]
It's a message that works in the past, present, and hopefully in the future.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A plane at San Diego's Lindbergh Field had to turn around before take- off after a suspicious device was found on board yesterday.
[SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;]
American Airlines flight 788 to Chicago was delayed for three hours, after a fake grenade fell out of a passenger's bag and rolled down the center aisle.
The grenade turned out to be a fake that's used by airport security to test screening devices.
57-year-old Lolita Austria was escorted off the plane,
along with her sister.
The women were questioned by police, and were later released.
Authorities say they're conducting a petty theft investigation.
The Marines stormed the Roanoke Valley this weekend for a good cause.
The group held its annual "Toy Storm 2001" fundraiser to benefit the Toys for Tots program.
The Marines collected new unwrapped toys for 72 hours straight at Tanglewood Mall from Friday to Sunday afternoon.
The final tally consisted of nearly five thousand toys.
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[SOT 8:56:21; 8:57:47]
[IN Q=It says the community]
((STAFF SGT. BENJAMIN: IT SAYS THE COMMUNITY CARES ABOUT BEING ABLE TO HELP. CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF GIVING AND THE COMMUNITY HAS PROVEN THAT THEY CARE TO DO THAT.))
((SGT. SPANGLER: WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR AT YOURSELF ON CHRISTMAS MORNING KNOWING SOME CHILD OUT THERE, NEEDY CHILDREN, ITS A GIFT GIVING IS THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS.))
[SUPER=01-Staff Sgt. Benjamin; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Spangler; :09]
[OUT Q=spirit of christmas]
The toys will be distributed to needy kids throughout the Roanoke Valley by the Community Christmas Store and the Salvation Army.
Altogether, the Marines hope to collect more than thirty thousand toys this holiday season.
A sellout crowd turned out for a popular holiday tradition.
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[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF SYMPHONY PLAYING]
The Roanoke Symphony held its annual holiday pops concert yesterday afternoon at the Civic Center Auditorium.
This year's performance included the Southwest Virginia Ballet and the Roanoke College Children's Choir.
The crowd enjoyed selections from The Nutcracker, traditional Christmas carols, as well as Hannukkah melodies.
In business news, Several Economic reports are slated for release this week.
Alexis Christoforous takes a look at the week ahead in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((THE NEW WEEK BRINGS ANOTHER ROUND OF PROFIT REPORTS AND SOME TELLING
ON THE PROFIT FRONT:
3COM, PALM, NIKE AND BED BATH AND BEYOND ARE AMONG THE COMPANIES TO SHOW
THEIR EARNINGS REPORT CARD.
AND ON THE ECONOMIC FRONT,
LOOK FOR REPORTS ON NOVEMBER HOUSING STARTS, LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS
PERSONAL INCOME AND SPENDING.
INVESTORS WRAPPED UP A WEEK MARKED BY A FED RATE CUT, A NEW WAVE OF
AND PROFIT WARNINGS. IN THE FINAL HOUR OF TRADING, STOCKS FOUND THEIR
FOOTING AND MOVED HIGHER.
THE DOW GAINED 44 POINTS TO 9811
WHILE THE NASDAQ INCHED UP MORE THAN 6.
GENERAL ELECTRIC LED THE ADVANCE FOR THE DOW AFTER RAISING ITS QUATERLY
DIVIDEND BY 2 CENTS.
AND INVESTORS WERE OPTIMISTIC THAT MCDONALDS CAN MEET ITS LOWERED FOURTH
BUT THE CALIFORNIA POWER PRODUCED CALPINE GOT CLOBBERED AFTER MOODY'S CUT
ITS DEBT RATING TO JUNK STATUS. INVESTORS ARE WORRIED THAT LIKE ENRON,
CALPINE WILL BE FORCED INTO BANKRUPTCY.
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM .. AT THE NASDAQ
(tape tosses to stocks)
Reports say on-line shopping is good for sellers, as well as buyers.
But this year, free shipping deals seem to be scarce.
Joe Gilday has that story and more in today's consumer corner.
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[SOT 4:28:26 CONUS]
[SUPER=01-Joe Gilday/Reporting; 1:22]
[OUT Q=I'm Joe Gilday]
E-COMMERCE SITES ARE OFFERING PRICE BREAKS ONCE AGAIN IN HOPES OF
TURNING BROWSERS INTO BUYERS.
BUT E-TAILERS SAY THIS YEAR THEY NEED TO BE PROFITABLE AS WELL AS
AS A RESULT, THE NUMBER OF FREE SHIPPING DEALS HAS NOTICEABLY
116 SITES OFFERED FREE SHIPPING LAST YEAR... THE NUMBER HAS
DWINDLED TO 80 THIS YEAR.
AND MANY HAVE RAISED THE MINIMUM PURCHASE NEEDED TO QUALIFY FOR
AND FOR SITES THAT DO CHARGE... THE AVERAGE COST THIS YEAR
INCREASED 37-PERCENT... OR ABOUT THREE DOLLARS PER ORDER.
IT WON THE 2002 POPULAR MECHANIC DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD.
THE WHIRLPOOL "DUET" WASHER AND DRYER ARE STYLED MORE LIKE A
PIECE OF COMPUTER EQUIPMENT THAN A HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE.
BUT APPLIANCE IT IS... THE DUET IS WATER AND ENERGY EFFICIENT.
IT HAS A SPECIAL SANITARY WASH CYCLE THAT KILLS BACTERIA.
THE PAIR CAN STAND SIDE BY SIDE OR STACKABLE.
THE STYLISH SET RETALS AT AROUND 22-HUNDRED DOLLARS.
IN ITS 75-YEAR HISTORY... THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND BAD... THE
NEIMAN MARCUS CHRISTMAS BOOK HAS BEEN A SHOWCASE FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND
THE BOOK FEATURES SUCH SPECIALTIES AS THIS CUSTOM BAKED
GINGERBREAD MODEL OF A LOVED ONE'S HOME.
THAT'S FOUR-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAKED TO ORDER.
OR YOU COULD GIVE SOME LUCKY LITTLE GIRL THE ONCE IN A LIFETIME
EXPERIENCE OF BEING ROCKETTE FOR A DAY.
IN THE CONSUMER CORNER, I'M JOE GILDAY, reporting.))
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, Doctor Dave Hnida takes a look at a few facts about drinking alcohol in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY- AND FOR MANY FOLKS- THE SEASON TO DRINK
IN FACT, AMERICANS DRINK MORE ALCOHOL IN DECEMBER THAN ALMOST THE OTHER
11 MONTHS COMBINED.
SO HOW MUCH DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT AMERICA'S MOST USED DRUG.
WELL HERE S A FEW FACTS ABOUT DRINKING.
IT TAKES ABOUT ONE HOUR TO METABOLIZE ONE DRINK. AND IT REALLY DOESN'T
MATTER WHETHER ITS BEER WINE OR HARD LIQUOR- THE BODY TREATS IT ALL THE
ITS GOOD TO HAVE FOOD ON YOUR STOMACH WHEN YOU DRINK- THAT'LL PREVENT A
RAPID ABSORPTION OF ALCOHOL-- AND HOW ABOUT GENDER DIFFERENCES?.
TAKE MAN AND A WOMAN WHO ARE THE EXACT SAME SIZE AND WEIGHT- AND DRINK
THE EXACT SAME AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL- THE WOMAN WILL STILL GET MORE TIPSY
QUICKER. THE REASON: WOMEN HAVE LESS OF A CERTAIN ENZYME THAT HELPS
BREAK DOWN AND METABOLIZE ALCOHOL.
BUT NO MATTER YOUR GENDER- DRINKING WILL IMPAIR YOUR JUDGEMENT FOR A LOT
LONGER THAN YOU THINK IT WILL- NOT ONE, TWO, THREE OR SIX HOURS- BUT 14
HOURS OF IMPAIRED JUDGEMENT AND COORDINATION, THAT'S WHY ITS STILL
DANGEROUS TO DRIVE THE DAY AFTER A NIGHT OF DRINKING,.
AND DON'T THINK YOU CAN PREVENT A HANGOVER BY TAKING ASPIRIN AHEAD OF
TIME- ALL THAT WILL DO IS INCREASE YOUR RISK OF STOMACH BLEEDING- THE
SAME GOES FOR IBUPROFEN.
IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))
(Kimberly tosses to bump)