Two Roanoke City police cars collide early this morning, as officers respond to reports of a stolen vehicle.
The accident sent one officer to the hospital.
Details, coming up.
And a school bus accident this morning in Franklin county leaves five children with minor injuries.
Scattered showers will move into the region as we head through the day....I'll have your forecast....
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The Pentagon says five prisoners from the war in Afghanistan are now in U-S custody.
Meanwhile, the chase continues for the remaining al-Qaida fighters believed to be on the run.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The U-S led offensive in Afghanistan appears to have crushed the remains of al-Qaida fighters in the southern and eastern parts of the country.
But the main target, Osama bin Laden, is still at large.
Meanwhile, the American flag is flying once again over the U-S Embassy in Afghanistan's capital city.
The U-S re-opened its diplomatic outpost in Kabul during a ceremony today.
The embassy had been closed since 1989.
Teri Okita joins us now from Washington with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary;]
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(LOCATOR: TORA BORA, AFGHANISTAN)
AFGHAN FORCES ARE SHOWING OFF THEIR LATEST PRISONERS OF WAR NEAR THE
MOUNTAINS OF TORA BORA ... THE LAST POCKET OF AL-QAEDI RESISTANCE IN THE
COUNTRY. THE EASTERN ALLIANCE CLAIMS ITS DESTROYED THE TERRORIST
NETWORK IN AFGHANISTAN, BUT THE U-S REMAINS CAUTIOUS SAYING MORE
AL-QAEDA MEMBERS ARE ON THE LOOSE.
(Super: Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense)
SOT: Its going to take time and energy and effort, and people will be
killed in the process of trying to find them. (08)
ONE GLARING REMINDER THE WAR RAGES ON: OSAMA BIN LADEN IS STILL
AT-LARGE. THATS WHY U-S JETS CONTINUE TO BOMB TARGETS AND DROP LEAFLETS
CALLING FOR HIS CAPTURE.
(LOCATOR: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN)
DURING A CEREMONY IN KABUL, AN AMERICAN FLAG WAS FLOWN OVER THE U-S
EMBASSY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 12-YEARS. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION SAYS
THE RE-OPENING OF THE EMBASSY SHOWS THE U-S IS READY TO HELP REBUILD THE
COUNTRY AND RESUME DIPLOMATIC, ECONOMIC, AND POLITICAL TIES WITH A NEW
(Super: James Dobbins/U.S. Envoy to Afghanistan)
SOT: the international community needs a partner, and needs a
broadly-based government which represents all of the regions and all of
the ethnicities if it is to receive reconstruction assistance. It can
only work if we have such a partner.
A collision between a Franklin County school bus and another vehicle sent five students to the hospital this morning.
The accident happened just before 8, on Route 220 near the Henry County line.
State police say the bus was trying to make a U-turn at state route 605 when its front end hit a Jeep Cherokee.
The injured students were treated for bumps and bruises.
The bus driver, 50-year-old Diane Kay Colomb of Henry, was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way.
Neither she nor the driver of the Jeep was hurt.
A Roanoke city policeman is treated for minor injuries after a traffic collision with a fellow officer.
Early this morning, three policemen were responding to a report of a stolen truck on Williamson Road.
After determining that the truck was not the vehicle in question, one of the officers turned his car around.
The OTHER two policemen continued south and struck each other.
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((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.))
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Officer B.W. Hughes was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for head lacerations.
Officer H.T. Farris did not need medical attention.
The accident is currently under investigation by the police department.
Officials in Haiti are calling it an attempted coup.
Armed commandos stormed the National Palace today, taking over radio communications.
At least two policemen were killed, along with two passers-by before government authorities were able get the palace under control.
At least six police officers were wounded.
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was not in the palace at the time and is reported safe.
No word on exactly what happened to the gunmen who were inside the palace.
Others have reportedly fled.
Israeli troops fatally shot three Palestinians today, just one day after Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made a televised appeal to end the fighting.
David Hawkins has more on Arafat's unprecedented speech.
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SRAELI LEADERS ARE SKEPTICAL THAT PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT YASIR
ARAFAT WILL FOLLOW THROUGH ON HIS LATEST PROMISE TO CRACK DOWN ON
(SOT SHIMON PERES, ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER)
WE'LL WAIT AND SEE. THERE'S NO WAY TO JUDGE BUT ON THE RECORD.YOU CANNOT
JUDGE BY ANNOUNCEMENTS.
IN AN UNPRECEDENTED TELEVISED SPEECH LAST NIGHT... ARAFAT APPEALED TO
THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE TO STOP ALL ARMED ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAELIS...
ESPECIALLY SUICIDE BOMBINGS.
HE SAID PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS ARE PLAYING INTO THE HANDS OF THE
ISRAELIS... PROVIDING THEM WITH A PRETEXT TO LAUNCH MILITARY REPRISALS
AGAINST THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY... AND PLEDGED TO CONTINUE ARRESTING
ARAFAT ALSO CALLED ON ISRAEL TO STOP ITS ATTACKS AND RETURN TO PEACE
TALKS... SAYING VIOLENCE WON'T SOLVE THE CONFLICT.
WHILE MEETING WITH FOREIGN DIPLOMATS TODAY... ARAFAT ACCUSED ISRAELI
PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON OF MAKING MATTERS WORSE... BY CONTINUING TO
ASSASSINATE SUSPECTED PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS.
Governor Jim Gilmore says his budget 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, 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.
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Still to come on the newscast, you can't call them babies anymore, but we will have an update on the snow leopard cubs at the Mill Mountain Zoo,
and this week is the busiest week of the year for the post office. We'll see what that means in light of tighter security following the anthrax scares.
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Federal health officials may decide this week to provide the military's anthrax vaccine to as many as three- thousand people exposed to the bacteria.
That number includes some U-S postal workers.
The decision comes during the busiest week of the year for mail carriers.
Jon Frankel reports.
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The snow leopards at Mill Mountain Zoo are growing up.
Its been seven months since the Mill Mountain Zoo welcomed the cubs into the world.
As you can see, they've grown considerably since May.
Zoo officials say the cubs are growing right on schedule and will soon live up to their name.
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((DAVE WOOD/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FIRST SNOWFALL BECAUSE THAT WILL BE THE FIRST SNOW THAT THE CUBS SEE. AND BEING SNOW LEOPARDS THEY REALLY ENJOY SNOW AND OF COURSE BEING YOUNG ANIMALS THEIR FIRST SNOWFALL IS EVEN GOING TO BE MORE HILARIOUS TO WATCH.))
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[OUT Q=hilarious to watch]
Wood says the snow leopards are actually more playful in the cooler weather.
They'll eventually weigh nearly a hundred pounds and their tails can grow up to forty inches.
You can catch the cubs at the zoo for at least another year before they're shipped off to other zoos for breeding purposes.
The Marines worked hard in the Valley this weekend to make the holidays brighter for local children.
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 the Tanglewood Mall from Friday to Sunday afternoon.
The final tally consisted of nearly five thousand toys.
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[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.))
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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 once popular Christmas play has returned to the local stage for the first time in 30 years.
Justin McLeod has more on an old Jefferson High School tradition.
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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.
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((JOYCE HELM/"CLASS OF 46": THIS WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR.))
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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.
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((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 completey 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. UNTIMATELY, ITS THE GIFT OF A YOUNG CHILD THAT MAKES THOSE CHIMES RING.))
[OUT Q=those chimes ring]
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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.))
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Still to come on the newscast, if you think you got soaked purchasing a Christmas tree this year,
we will show you something even better as one dealer has come up with a hot new way to shop.
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Customers at a Christmas tree lot in Utah probably spend a long time picking out the perfect tree--
That's because they can select their trees from the comfort of a hot tub.
Patrons come dressed in their swimsuits.
They get to SOAK up the holiday spirit, while the lot's staff picks out a tree for them.
Managers say, so far, it's been a big hit and the hot tub is ALWAYS full.
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[IN Q=WE get people.]
((MATT SHADLE/LOT AND HOT TUB OWNER: WE GET PEOPLE FREQUENTING THE HOT TUB ALL THE TIME;
IN THE MORNING, IN THE AFTERNOON, MOSTLY IN THE EVENING, AFTER WORK THEY LIKE TO COME OUT SEE THE REINDEER MOVING AROUND SMELL THE FRESH TREES WHILE THEY SIT IN THE HOT TUB. ))
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It's not the tree lot's only attraction.
It also has live reindeer, which seem to be more popular with kids than adults--who are the ones usually in the hot tub....
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 109 points.
The Nasdaq has gained 28 points.
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In sports, the Eagles are soaring in the NFC East...
And the Bears battled the Buccaneers yesterday for a spot in the NFL playoffs...We'll tell you if they made it, coming up in sports.
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The Philadelphia Eagles have a three game lead in the N-F-C East, with 3 games left to play.
Donovan McNabb showed off his stuff, and the Eagles beat Washington, 20 to 6.
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McNabb ready to lead the Eagles into the big game.
Trailing 6 to nothing, McNabb goes to the air and hits Freddie Mitchell on the 3 yard T-D pass play.
The Eagles led 7 to 6.
McNabb struck again in the third quarter.
This time, he hits Todd Pinkston.
He makes a few nice moves to get into the end zone to make the score 17 to 6 Eagles.
The Redskins were still in it.
But with 3 minutes left in the game and the Skins at the Eagles' three, Tony Banks's pass in the end zone is intercepted.
The Eagles win it 20 to 6.
Philadelphia is now 9 and 4...3 games ahead of the 6 and 7 Redskins and Giants.
For the first time since 1994 - the Bears will be heading to the N-F-L playoffs.
The Bears skunked the the Tampa Bay Bucaneers - 27 to 3.
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Warren Sapp was held in check by the Bears' offensive line.
Chicago led 13 to 3.
Then in the third quarter, quarterback Jim Miller puts it up, hitting Fred Baxter on the 18 yard T-D pass.
The Bears led 20 to 3.
Thomas ran all over the Bucaneer defense.
On this play, he
cuts it outside and takes it in from the five.
The Bears get the 27 to 3 win.
The San Francisco 49-ers now hold a 10 and 3 record after beating the Dolphins yesterday.
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The 49-ers scored on their first possession when Kevin Barlow bulled over from the one, to make it 7 to nothing in the first quarter.
Still in the first quarter, Jeff Garcia puts it up in the air hitting Eric Johnson on the 13 yard touchdown play.
The Niners led the Dolphins 14 to nothing at the half.
Then Frisco opened the third quarter, getting the ball into the hands of Barlow again.
He scores from the one and the Niners go on to win it 21 to Nothing.
The top ranked Duke Blue Devils extended their winning streak to 19, the longest in the nation.
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Coach K and his Blue Devils at home taking on North Carolina A-and-T.
Duke's Jason Williams hit six three- pointers in the first half, as the Blue Devils jumped out to a 23 point lead.
When Williams wasn't hitting from behind the line, he was running the floor.
Chris Duhon takes the pass for the easy lay-up.
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Duke led by 27 at the half, and the Blue Devils remain undefeated with the 93 to 51 win.
And finally today--
It may be hard to believe that popcorn's only be available in Russia for 10 years--
Organizers of a Moscow festival celebrated the 10th anniversary of the American delicacy's arrival in Russia.
To mark the occasion, 10 artists decided to re- create a famous Russian painting in popcorn form.
The popcorn mosaic took six hours to make, and was a record- setting 120 yards long.
After the record was registered, eager art- lovers consumed the colorful masterpiece.
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