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Today on News 7 at 5, American soldiers are working this holiday. They believe they may be narrowing in on the location of a terrorist leader.
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Also in Sports, Mike Stevens will have the highlights from Virginia Tech's disappointing loss in the Gator Bowl.[Weather-Head]
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Kicking off the New Year with a series of winter storms. The first will affect southside by late tomorrow evening.

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Also today, authorities believe they know what caused a fire that destroyed a local apartment last night.
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and we will tell you why two thousand and two was doubly lucky for some lottery players.
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((WE PROBABLY HAVE 5 TIMES MORE MARINES THAN WE NEED, BUT WE ALWAYS GO WITH ENOUGH FORCE THAT IF THINGS DON'T GO THE WAY WE PLAN IT, THAT WE'RE PREPARED FOR THE WORST))
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U-S Marines prepare for battle --as they close-in on Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
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Good evening, I'm Joy Sutton in for Jean Jadhon.




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Mullah Omar may be out of places to hide.
U-S Marines are on the hunt for the Taliban leader. And military sources they believe they know where he is most likely hiding. About 200 U-S Marines are in southern Afghanistan searching a compound formerly used by the Taliban and al-Qaida (al-KY'-ee-duh).
They're looking for information about the radical Islamic militia and the terrorists they harbored.
Capturing Omar could lead officials to their main target Osama Bin Laden.
Meanwhile, in New York --the city's new mayor is promising to honor the memory of those who died in the world trade center.
Jennifer Miller has the lastest.
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IN THEIR FIRST MISSION OF THE NEW YEAR ... U-S MARINES LEFT KANDAHAR AIRPORT ON SEA KNIGHT HELICOPTERS IN SEARCH OF INTELLIGENCE THAT COULD LEAD THEM TO TALIBAN SUPREME LEADER MULLAH OMAR.
OMAR ... HAS ELUDED U-S FORCES BEFORE....
NOW THE MILITARY IS LOOKING FOR HIM AGAIN ... IN THE REMOTE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE OF BAGHRAN .... ABOUT 100 MILES OUTSIDE KANDAHAR.
COL. ANDREW FRICK/U.S. MARINES "We probably had 5x more Marines than we needed, but we always go with enough force that if things dont go the way we plan it, that we're prepared for the worst."
"THE WORST" COULD COME FROM OMAR'S PERSONAL PROTECTION. HE IS SAID TO BE TRAVELLING WITH UP TO 15-HUNDRED TALIBAN FIGHTERS, BUT ANTI-TALIBAN FORCES SAY THEY'RE CLOSING IN.

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ALSO IN KANDAHAR .... THE U-S MILITARY CONTINUES TO INTERROGATE CAPTURED TALIBAN FORCES THAT COULD LEAD THEM TO OSAMA BIN LADEN. ... WHILE THE PAIN BIN LADEN IS ACCUSED OF CAUSING .... CONTINUES TO CALL OUT FROM GROUND ZERO. MORE THAN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE ATTACKS ... VISITORS WAIT FOR HOURS TO SEE THE DAMAGE FROM A RECENTLY OPENED PLATFORM.... WHILE NEW YORK'S NEW MAYOR VOWS TO REBUILD A BROKEN CITY.
MAYOR MIKE BLOOMBERG: ""I pledge that my administration will strive in everything we do to honor the memory of those we have lost, and honor those now fighting for our freedoms. We will rebuild, renew, and remain the capital of the free world."))


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A Carroll County woman has been arrested and charged with murder.
Sheriff Warren Manning says 34 year old Shannon Dawn Towe of the Cana section of the county allegedly killed 30 year old Jody Bowman last night.
Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call at a home on Brushy Fork Road and found Bowman suffering from a gunshot wound. Bowman was transported to Northern Surry Hospital but later died.



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A curling iron is being blamed for a fire that gutted a Rocky Mount apartment last night.
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Fire crews were called to the Candlewood Apartments on Court Street just before 9.
Smoke and flames were coming from the basement apartment in building "F".
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((SGT. DON BROWN/ROCKY MOUNT POLICE DEPT.: SOME OF OUR OFFICERS WERE THE FIRST ON THE SCENE, THERE WAS SMOKE COMING FROM THE BUILDING, IN THE HALLWAYS. How bad was it at that point? IT WAS PRETTY BAD AS FAR AS SMOKE, CAN'T REALLY TELL YOU HOW BAD THE FIRE WAS, BUT THERE WAS A LOT OF SMOKE AND THEY DID SAY THEY COULD SEE FLAMES COMING OUT OF THE BASEMENT APARTMENT.))
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Authorities say the resident, Rita Thomas, was not home at the time.
Her apartment was a total loss.. other apartments suffered mostly minor smoke and water damage.
Volunteers from four area fire companies helped battle the blaze.
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The only hospital in Patrick County may be up for sale.
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The director of the R-J Reynolds Patrick County Memorial Hospital says if a private health care company bought the facility, it would allow it to resume services that were cut or trimmed when it filed for bankruptcy two years ago. A federal bankruptcy judge in Lynchburg would have to approve any sale.
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Some people who play the lottery in Massachusetts probably believe the year two thousand two will be their lucky year.
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Lotto officials say it was just sheer coincidence.
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Plenty of people were betting on the New Year. Nearly 16-hundred winning tickets were sold, but that may prove unlucky. There were so many winners, the pay out was only about 280 dollars each, instead of the thousands they usually would receive.


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One of the post offices contaminated with Anthrax may never reopen. We'll have that story after this break. [Closed captioning]

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After several months -- officials are still trying to rid two Washington buildings of anthrax.
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Officials say it's possible that one of those buildings --the Brentwood postal facility --will NEVER re-open.
That's the location where a letter contaminated with anthrax was sorted three months ago.
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Officials are trying to determine what works... from repeated attempts to decontaminate the Senate offices where an anthrax letter was sent.
Most recently --the Hart Building was blasted with chlorine dioxide gas --and may be on the verge of re-opening as early as next week. The building was closed October 17th.
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The nation's struggle to find the people responsible for the Antrax attacks had many people on edge.
Gretchen Carlson takes a look back at the Medical Story that dominated the end of 2001.
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(((NAT) IT WAS AN EERIE SCENE ... EMPLOYEES AT ABC NEWS IN NEW YORK...AT AMERICAN MEDIA INC. IN BOCA RATON FLORIDA.... AND SEVERAL POSTAL FACILITIES ...EVACUATED FROM THEIR BUILDINGS BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIALLY DEADLY BACTERIA-- ANTHRAX. (( DR. LARRY BUSH/INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST, JFK MEDICAL CENTER ANTHRAX IN THIS COUNTRY IS VERY UNCOMMON.))o
Despite those calming words from the first doctor to diagnose the first deadly case of inhaled anthrax in decades
--- in photo editor BOB STEVENS----- there were soon a total of 17---more--- up and down the east coast-- and in our na

tion's capitol. (((BUSH) I JUST TALKED TO LEADER DASCHLE, HIS OFFICE RECEIVED A LETTER. IT HAD ANTHRAX IN IT.))
There was also an anthrax-laced letter-- sent to NBC headquarters in New york...where anchorman Tom Brokaw's assistant contracted the skin form of the disease. graphic: both letters were almost identical. "september 11, 2001." they read. "death to america. death to israel. allah is great." one added "have you taken your penicillin today?" investigators combed the offices of nbc, and later-- abc and cbs-- when two cases of skin anthrax appeared there. ((ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT ( 10/16/01:) ANYTIME SOMEONE SENDS ANTHRAX THROUGH THE MAIL, IT'S AN ACT OF TERROR. IT'S TERRORISM. AND WE TREAT IT AS AN ACT OF TERROR AND TERRORISM.)) ...Terrorism that even infected postal workers and contaminated mail distribution centers in New Jersey and the Washington DC area. By year's end...five people in several states had died....all from the inhaled form of the disease. (( DR. ANTHONY FAUCI/DIR., INFECTIOUS DISEASES, I THINK IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO SAY THAT YOU WILL NEVER BE 100-PERCENT PREPARED FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT-- BECAUSE THIS IS NOT A NATURAL PHENOMENON.)) And so the mystery continues. Despite hopes that an anthraxed laced letter sent to Senator Patrick Leahy would yield important clues, preliminary tests turned up no useful leads. though initial speculation focused on foreign terrorists as the perpetrators of the attacks, experts say evidence increasingly suggests that the antrax was produced right here in the United States. Gretchen Carlson, CBS news. ))

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With a hole in the state budget more than a billion dollars wide, lawmakers have their work cut out for them when they return to Richmond next week. As one veteran legislator said: "We aren't going to balance the budget by cutting out the use of 'Post It' notes at V-DOT." The next General Assembly will also include more than 20 new Delegates.
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Danny Marshall of Danville is one of the freshmen members. He's focusing on how to attract new business to Southside.
At a meeting of local business leaders last week, the delegate- elect cited a survey that asked C-E-O's what they look for when deciding to re-locate.
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((THE NUMBER ONE REASON WAS THE AVAILABILITY OF SKILLED WORKERS. THE NUMBER TWO REASON WAS THE RATING OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND NUMBER THREE DOWN THE LIST WAS THE AVAILABILITY TO A FOUR-LANE HIGHWAY.))
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There's still more News 7 to come. After this break, we will tell you why Patrick Evans is skating on thin ice.
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If the cold weather has you put you in the mood to do a little ice skating, Patrick Evans has a suggestion for you. He says you should head over to Roanoke's Ice Station.
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Still to come on News 7 we will have a live report from Jacksonville as Mike Stevens wraps up the Gator Bowl,
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[VO] Also we will tell you what annual tradition has some Roanoke cyclists braving today's chilly temperatures.
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When winter sets in, many people start daydreaming about sunny days, riding their bike and going fishing.
And then there are those people who go out and do all those things no matter what the weather.
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A group of Roanoke- area biking enthusiasts gathered this morning for their annual ride around the Carvins Cove reservoir.
Even with temperatures frozen in the twenties, about fifty cyclists strapped on their helmets and pedaled off for a ride of anywhere from three to fifteen miles.
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((BRIAN LANG/BIKE RIDE ORGANIZER: IT'S SO MUCH FUN, IT'S A COMBINATION OF GETTING TO SEE ALL YOUR FRIENDS THAT YOU DON'T SEE THAT MUCH THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, GETTING TO RIDE YOUR BIKE THAT YOU DON'T RIDE MUCH AT THIS TIME, DOING SOMETHING HEALTHY ON NEW YEAR'S DAY IS FUN, GETTING GOOD EXERCISE, FRESH AIR, SUNSHINE.))
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The college football season ended on a sour note today for the Virginia Tech Hokies as they fell to the Florida State Seminoles 30 to 17 in the Gator Bowl this afternoon.
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Mike Stevens joins us from Jacksonville with a post game report. Mike.
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((ROLLCUE:...Rolled from the truck))
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If you like to send Internet Greeting Cards, the new year will have a rude surprise for you. The largest providers are now charging for what once was free.
With that and the latest from the world of technology, here's Jody Davis.
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(( AMERICAN GREETINGS AND BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS ARE CHARGING FEES TO SEND MOST OF THEIR ELECTRONIC GREETING CARDS. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE FREE RIDE FOR E-CARDS IS OVER.
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INCLUDING THE MARX BROTHERS TRIBUTE SITE, "WHYADUCK DOT COM."

SEEN THE TRAILER FOR THE UPCOMING "SPIDER MAN" MOVIE YET? YOU MIGHT BE IN THE MINORITY.
"This is my gift. Wow. It is my curse. Who are you? Who am I? I'm Spider-man."
THE PREVIEW IS ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE. NIELSEN-NET RATINGS SAYS, FOR THE WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 16TH... 839-THOUSAND PEOPLE CHECKED OUT THE TRAILER AT THEIR WORKPLACE . IF YOU WANT TO JOIN THEM, GO TO WWW DOT APPLE DOT COM SLASH TRAILERS SLASH COLUMBIA SLASH SPIDERMAN.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF YOU ARE NEW XBOX OWNERS... AND YOU'RE WONDERING WHEN YOU'LL BE ABLE TO USE THE SYSTEM TO PLAY GAMES ONLINE.
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WONDER NO MORE. MICROSOFT SAYS ONLINE GAMING WILL BE AVAILABLE WITHIN SIX MONTHS AFTER XBOX'S LAUNCH. HERE IN THE STATES, THAT TRANSLATES TO NO LATER THAN EARLY MAY. AND THAT'S THE WEEK IN TT. JODY DAVIS REPORTING.))


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