[New-Years]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Morni]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=New Years]


2002 is here, with hundreds of THOUSANDS of people braving the cold weather to welcome the new year in New York's Times Square.
Jim Acosta was there.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Acosta/Reporting; 1:14]
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[OUT Q=Acosta, CBS News, New York.]

((

NATS: Ball Drops "Five... four... three... two... one. Happy New Year."
A NEWLY DESIGNED CRYSTAL BALL -- THAT HONORS THE VICTIMS SEPTEMBER 11TH -- DROPPED TO CHEERS AND TEARS. NEW YORK FINALLY LEFT BEHIND ITS MOST DIFFICULT YEAR AND BREATHED IN THE FRESH AIR OF 2002.
NATS: Cheering
FOR THIS COMEBACK CITY -- IT WAS A NEW BEGINNING. AN ESTIMATED HALF-MILLION REVELERS -- MANY DRESSED IN RED, WHITE, AND BLUE -- BRAVED THE BITTER COLD AND FEARS OF TERRORISM TO CELEBRATE.

SOT: Times Square Reveler "Once you come to Times Square the first

year you have to come back every year."
SEVEN THOUSAND POLICE OFFICERS CARRIED NOT JUST METAL DETECTORS -- BUT RADIATION SENSORS TO KEEP THE CROWD SAFE.
NATS: Swearing-in
MIDNIGHT MARKED THE DAWN OF A NEW POLITICAL ERA FOR THE BIG APPLE -- AS NEW MAYOR MIKE BLOOMBERG TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE FROM RUDY GIULIANI.
NATS: Bell rings
THERE WERE SOLEMN MOMENTS IN THE FINAL HOURS OF 2001. A SEVEN YEAR OLD BOY WHOSE UNCLE DIED IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER RANG A BELL IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF 9/11... THE FIRST TIME A CEREMONIAL BELL RANG IN TIMES SQUARE -- SINCE WORLD WAR TWO.
STAND-UP:

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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=tsa]
[TAPE#=01-52?]
[GRAPHIC=New Years]


More than a thousand people turned out for the area's only First Night Celebration.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


Ten dollars was the ticket to music and entertainment at First Night Blacksburg.
Bands, swing dancing, and face painters were on hand at eleven different venues.
Blacksburg transit also provided a free ride from place to place.
Michelle the Magician was just one of the acts set up for young festival goers.
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[IN Q=It's pretty cool]

((NICK BRITTEN/FIRST NIGHT ATTENDEE: IT'S PRETTY COOL, IT'S WEIRD HOW SHE DOES IT, YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT BUT YOU DON'T.))
[SUPER=01-Nick Britten/First Night Attendee]
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[OUT Q=But you don't]
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[VO-NAT]


Music lovers got their fill at numerous locations throughout the night.
With the fear of terrorism hanging over celebrations nationwide, festival organizers took extra precautions like adding extra police and security check-ins.

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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=01-62]
[GRAPHIC=Gator Bowl]


The Gator Bowl kicks off at 12:30 this afternoon. Mike Stevens has more on yesterday's pre-game activities.
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[IN Q=Happy New Year]
[SUPER=@Mike1; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jacksonville, FL; :11]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/149 Career Wins; :]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Bowden/322 Career Wins; :]
[SUPER=01-Don Nehlen/Gator Bowl Hall of Fame Inductee;]
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[OUT Q=news 7 sports.]







[VA-Deregulation]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
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Virginia begins de- regulating the electric industry today.
The process will eventually allow suppliers to compete for your business and NEW power plants to sell to the highest bidder.
The hope is that competition will force electric prices down, and give consumers a choice.
But critics worry electric companies will forget rural areas, sending power to cities and out-of-state, where there's a bigger market and a better price.

[War-Update]


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


So far, the U-S military has captured nearly 200 fighters with possible ties to terrorism.
And U-S authorities could be closing in on the Taliban's spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Near Kandahar, Afghanistan;]


Afghanistan's prime minister says U-S marines are searching for Omar in the remote mountains, about 100 miles northwest of Kandahar.
The Pentagon is confirming the mission--
And dozens of marines carrying full combat gear have been seen taking off in helicopters at the Kandahar base.
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[11Franklin-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
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A confrontation in Franklin County ended with gunfire.
Sheriff's officials say two women were arguing yesterday evening in the Henry section of the county when the shooting occurred.
They say one woman was shot in the neck and airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Her identity and condition have not been released.
Deputies are still investigating the incident.

[11Apartment-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-55 TC58:45]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Flames destroyed an apartment in Rocky Mount.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount]


No one was inside the lower level apartment on East Court Street last night when the fire started.
Officials think it began in the bedroom, but they're not sure exactly how.
The blaze was contained in the lower unit, though some apartments on the second floor had some smoke damage.
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[11Heads-Park]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-57 TC43:24]
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The developer of an outdoor museum featuring giant heads of U-S presidents says he's confident the park will open by the end of the summer.
Everette Newman the Third says ground has not yet been broken in the Williamsburg area because the September 11th attacks delayed the project.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista/February]


But Newman says the attacks have also spurred demand for an attraction that celebrates the country's history and leaders.
Some of those leaders temporarily set up shop in Buena Vista last spring until they were moved to York County.
Developers say bus tour companies are ready to bring groups to the site just off Interstate 64 as soon as it opens.
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(Kimberly tosses to video)



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[VO-NAT]

[TAKE AUSTRALIA VIDEO]
[SUPER=03-Sydney, Australia/New Year's Celebration;]
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[11Ringgold-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-53 TC1:13:13]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Aftermath]


The community is coming to the rescue of a Pittsylvania County volunteer fire company that lost its station in a weekend blaze.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ringgold;]


Ringgold's Station 23 burned to the ground Sunday morning.
The firefighters lost all their equipment and three fire trucks.
They estimate the damage tops 600-thousand dollars.
Other fire departments loaned trucks and equipment so Station 23 can keep fighting fires ...
And citizens have already come forward with 15-hundred dollars in support for a new fire station.
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[SOT 1:18:24 - :34]
[IN Q=Naturally, we'll have]

((WALTER HENDERSON/FIREFIGHTER: NATURALLY, WE'LL HAVE TO BUILD A NEW FIRE STATION, BUY NEW TRUCKS... BUT I'M HOPING IN THE LONG RUN, IT'LL PULL OUR GUYS TOGETHER BECAUSE NOW WE KNOW HOW EVERYBODY FEELS WHEN THEY'RE WAITING ON US.))
[SUPER=01-Walter Henderson/Firefighter;]
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[OUT Q=waiting on us.]
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[VO-NAT]


The fire's cause is still under investigation ... but firefighters believe it STARTED in the area where the trucks were parked.
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[11City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-56 TC43:51]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Council]


A March primary and May election are on tap for voters in the city of Roanoke.
Candidates are now lining up to vie for seats on city council.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Democrats face a Friday deadline to qualify for the primary, so Rupert Cutler and other candidates have been collecting the signatures of registered voters.
Cutler will formally announce his campaign on Thursday morning along with incumbent Nelson Harris, and planning commission member Alfred Dowe.
And the list doesn't end with them. Others lining up for the Democratic nomination include Xavier (ZAY-vee-uhr) Fox, and previous council candidates Alvin Nash and Angela Norman.
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[SOT 00:59]
[IN Q=I think it's going]

((BRIAN SHEPARD/CITY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN: I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE REAL EXCITING WITH THAT NUMBER OF CANDIDATES... THAT MANY PEOPLE INTERESTED IN GETTING THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION, IT SHOULD GENERATE A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM FOR OUR CANDIDATES. IT SHOULD GET PEOPLE OUT THERE TALKING ABOUT THE ISSUES EARLY AND GIVE THEM A REAL KICK-START IN THE GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Shepard/City Democratic Chairman]
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[OUT Q=general election campaign.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Meanwhile, Mayor Ralph Smith says a number of Republicans are now considering bids for council, and the GOP expects to field a full slate of candidates.
They do not face the Friday deadline however, so the slate of Republican candidates is still up in the air.

[11WV-Skiing]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-61 TC38:04]
[GRAPHIC=Skiing]


Now that winter has arrived in earnest, West Virginia's ski industry is hoping to hit the million-visitor mark.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Snowshoe, WV]


A record number of people skied in West Virginia last year.
Governor Bob Wise says this season can be even better, despite a late start.
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[SOT 13:29:31]
[IN Q=We're within]

((GOV. BOB WISE/WEST VIRGINIA; WE'RE WITHIN ONE SAYS DRIVE OF 75 MILLION PEOPLE, GAS PRICES ARE LOW. WE HAD 800-THOUSAND SKIERS LAST YEAR IN WEST VIRGINIA AND WE'RE GOING TO GO OVER THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Gov. Bob Wise/West Virginia]
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[OUT Q=to go over that.]
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[VO-NAT]


West Virginia resorts have enjoyed record numbers of skiers over the past week. (------------)