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They're on the road again AND on the rails, as New York City dodges a Monday morning strike among transit workers.
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And the fraud trial of the former D-Day Memorial Foundation President is coming to a close in Lynchburg.
A live report, coming up.





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A cold front continues to push through the area dropping temperatures, especially tonight. I'll have your forecast.

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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Closing arguments are wrapping up in the federal fraud trial of former D-Day Memorial President Richard Burrow in Lynchburg.
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Burrow is accused of deceiving the state and a local bank into loaning the D-Day project millions of dollars
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Steve Smallshaw has been following this trial since it began a week ago.. he's outside federal court in Lynchburg now with an update.
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Kimberly, the defense won a small battle this morning when Judge James Turk ruled the jury could "not" find Burrow guilty of defrauding the D-Day Foundation itself, since there was no evidence to support that charge.
The bigger fight is over whether Burrow intended to trick various lenders to keep money flowing into the cash-strapped project.
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(( In the prosecution's words, Richard Burrow is a master magician whose financial sleight of hand deceived everyone: from the D-Day board of directors to banks to the commonwealth of Virginia.
Burrow is accused of conducting a complex shell game that leveraged state grants against bank loans and vice versa.. all on the promise of large-scale donations that never materialized.
Burrow benefited, prosecutors say, by convincing the D-Day Foundation's board all was going well.. in return he got a raise, a cash bonus and his professional reputation got a boost.
But defense attorneys say Burrow was above board in all of his actions.. and that he honestly believed the big donations and pledges would come in to cover the foundation's debts.
Furthermore, they say, Burrow acted on the advice of the foundation's attorney and that as far as he knew, everything he did was perfectly legal.))
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Both sides are wrapping up their arguments at this hour.
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It's expected the judge will send the jury to lunch and when they come back, they'll get their final instructions and begin deliberations early this afternoon.

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New York City's commuters are off the hook and ON public transportation, at least for now.
Transit workers and their bosses have extended the contract negotiation deadline and are still talking.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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(( IN THE NATION'S LARGEST CITY THE BUSES AND SUBWAYS ARE STILL RUNNING. A STRIKE THAT COULD HAVE PARALYZED NEW YORK'S SEVEN MILLION COMMUTERS AND CLOGGED CITY STREETS HAS BEEN PUT ON HOLD....FOR NOW.
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"I'm glad they didn't have a strike so far, but I don't think we are out of the woods yet."
JUST BEFORE THE MIDNIGHT DEADLINE--THE TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION SUSPENDED ITS WALKOUT--KEEPING TALKS ALIVE BETWEEN IT AND THE METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY.

(SOT- Ed Watt/TWU Union Secretary-Treasurer)


"The progress has been made in the non-economic areas of dignity and respect"

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"Getting dignity and gaining respect is half the battle--the Union which represents 34-thousand subway and bus workers wants raises and better health benefits. That's why the two sides are back at the bargaining table.

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AND WHILE THEY NEGOTIATE NEW YORKERS NAVIGATE THEIR WAY TO WORK AS THEY ALWAYS DO ON A MONDAY MORNING....THAT INCLUDED THE CITY'S BILLIONAIRE MAYOR--MICHAEL BLOOMBERG WHO LIKES TO TAKE THE RAILS TO WORK. OTHER COMMUTERS TOO ARE GLAD EVERYTHING IS STILL MOVING.

(SOT BARBARA RUSSO/COMMUTER)

"Tremendous relief the commute is torturous as it is."
BUT IN THE BACKS OF THEIR MINDS THEY KNOW--THE TALKS COULD BREAK OFF AND THE SUBWAYS AND BUSES COULD COME TO A STANDSTILL AS EARLY AS RUSH HOUR THIS AFTERNOON.

(SOT SUSAN HILL/COMMUTER)

"It's going to be a litte worse getting home if they start during the day."
SO INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT HOW TO GET TO WORK--THEY'LL BE MORE CONCERNED WITH TRYING FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET HOME. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK. ))

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A fire at the National College of Business and Technology has cancelled classes for the day.
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Salem and Roanoke City firefighters responded to a trash fire at the school shortly after 6 last night. Officials say the fire was contained within five minutes. But smoke caused damage throughout the school. The heating system carried the smoke all over the building.
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((FRANK LONGAKER/NATIONAL BUSINESS COLLEGE PRESIDENT: WE'RE MAINLY CONCERNED WITH SMOKE DAMAGE RIGHT NOW AND IF WE CAN GET THAT CLEARED OUT PRETTY PROMPTLY THEN WE HOPE TO BE BACK IN OPERATION AS SOON AS WE CAN.))
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Fire officials estimate the damage at 25- thousand dollars. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. College officials say they'll spend today cleaning the inside of the building.
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Former Vice President Al Gore says he isn't running for the top job in 2004.
Now Democrats are looking for someone to fill his shoes.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Washington.
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GORE I've decided I'm not going to run...
THE DOORS SWUNG WIDE OPEN FOR DEMOCRATIC HOPEFULS CONSIDERING THE RUN FOR OFFICE. END MANDATORY SUPER/FONT; TOPPING THE LIST OF POSSIBILITIES, GORES FORMER RUNNING MATE, SENATOR JOE LIEBERMAN, WHO VOWED NOT TO RUN IF GORE DID. LIEBERMAN WILL ONLY SAY HELL THINK ABOUT IT OVER THE HOLIDAYS AND SHOULD HAVE A DECISION IN JANUARY.

(SOT)POSSIBLE SEN JOSEPH LIEBERMAN/(D)CONNETICUT?


SENATOR JOHN KERRY HAS ALREADY TAKEN THE INITIAL STEPS TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT. SO HAS VERMONT GOVERNOR HOWARD DEAN. OTHER NAMES IN THE MIX.OUTGOING HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER DICK GEPHARDT, SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER TOM DASCHLE AND NORTH CAROLINA SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS. POLITICAL ANALYSTS WARN RIGHT NOW VOTERS ARENT FAMILIAR ENOUGH WITH ANY OF THE NAMES.

(SOT) TC 9:42:42CRAIG CRAWFORD/CBS POLITICAL CONSULTANT: Losing gore

it's like a rock concert when they intro the backup band: we know they matter but don't know who they are
PERHAPS NO ONE WANTED IT MORE THAN GORE WHO PREPARED FOR THE PRESIDENCY MOST OF HIS LIFE. HE ASSURES HE STILL HAS THE DRIVE TO RUN BUT ACKNOWLEDGES PEOPLE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ARE STILL EXHAUSTED FROM THE DEBACLE OF THE 2000 RACE.

(SOT)CRAIG CRAWFORD/TC9:42:30 HE COULD NOT RAISE MONEY.VERY LITTLE

MONEY BE HUMILIATED IN A CAMPAIGN.

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SO FAR THE ONLY REACTION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE...... AS, CBSNEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the Vatican approves an American plan to deal with cases of sex abuse.
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Plus we will see what teenaged music lovers would like to see under their Christmas trees this year.
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The Vatican has approved an updated policy from American bishops in an effort to deal with sex abuse by priests.


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The approval comes as no surprise after a joint panel worked out the differences between the Vatican and the bishops in their original plan.
The Vatican has released a letter promising its support in fighting evil.
The new policy seeks to protect the rights of priests, while keeping abusers away from children.
The approval of the regulations comes just three days after the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, whose Boston archdiocese is at the center of the scandal.
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A tobacco buyout could cost the government billions of dollars.
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Saturday at his state's annual Farm Bureau convention, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell said a buyout plan for the country's tobacco farmers could cost taxpayers up to 15-billion dollars. A federal buyout has been the dominant issue for the beleaguered industry. The buyout would pay farmers for surrendering their allotments that state how much tobacco they can grow.
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There are still plenty of teenagers in America who aren't saying NO to drugs.
But an annual survey conducted for the government shows the numbers are down from previous years.
The study says more than HALF of America's 12th graders have used an illicit drug.
The use of L-S-D and marijuana have decreased significantly among some age groups -- while the use of cocaine and heroin have remained stable.
Cigarette smoking has declined in each grade level.
There's been a 50 percent decline since its peak year in 19-96.

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Now that Christmas Day is just a little over a week away, a lot of people are scrambling to finish their shopping.
Music often makes a great gift for teenagers.
But if you are on the wrong side of the generation gap, you may have a hard time picking out something your teen will actually like.
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Jessica Curran has been following product trends for the past decade, which is pretty remarkable considering she's only 15 years old.
Jessica, thanks for joining us.
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Coming up next, 30 MILLION dollars worth of new cars are lost at sea.
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Plus we'll tell you how the Governor wants to have state police get more aggressive about safety belts.
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More rough waters for a sunken ship in the English Channel.
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Two days after the TriColor sank with hundreds of luxury cars on board, an empty cargo vessel has collided with the ship.
Coast Guard officials say the cargo vessel was pulled to safety today after the wreck.
On Saturday, the TriColor, which was carrying a load of B-M-Ws, Volvos, and Saabs worth about 30- million dollars, sank off the French port of Dunkirk.
There were no reports of any injuries.
Meanwhile, bad weather is delaying efforts to salvage the sunken ship.
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While it is hard to argue with the statistics that seat belts save lives, many still refuse to wear them.

Governor Mark Warner wants to change that.
Justin McLeod has more.
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(( Every time he gets behind the wheel, Phillip Copley makes a point to buckle up.
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((PHILLIP COPLEY/MOTORIST: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO WEAR MY SAFETY BELT ESPECIALLY AFTER BEING IN THREE AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS.))
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But not everyone does what Phil does.
Only about 70-percent of motorists here in Virginia buckle up.
Now Governor Warner is pushing tougher traffic safety laws.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER: WE'RE GOING TO PROPOSE A PRIMARY SEAT BELT LAW SO THAT FAILURE TO WEAR A SEAT BELT WILL BECOME A PENALTY JUST LIKE SPEEDING OR ANY OTHER KIND OF THE RULES OF THE ROAD INFRACTION.))
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That penalty would be a twenty five dollar fine.
Currently, police may ticket motorists only if the officer initially pulls the driver over for another traffic violation.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: SEVENTEEN STATES INCLUDING NORTH CAROLINA HAVE PRIMARY SAFETY BELT LAWS. NOW THIS ISSUE HAS COME UP HERE IN THE PAST IN VIRGINIA BUT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN DEFEATED. THE LAST TIME WAS IN THE YEAR 2000 WHERE THE LEGISLATION FAILED BY A 50/50 VOTE IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES.))
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Governor Warner plans to push for the seat belt law in the upcoming legislative session which begins January 8th.
Opponents argue the law could lead to an invasion of privacy.
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But law enforcement supports the measure arguing it could save lives.
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((SGT. C.D. JESSEE/VA STATE POLICE: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT, WE'RE LOSING PEOPLE FOR JUST A SIMPLE THING OF JUST NOT BUCKLING UP THEIR SEAT BELTS AND IF YOU CAN SAVE ONE LIFE BY DOING IT THEN IT'S WORTH THE EFFORT TO DO IT.))
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The General Assembly will have the final say but it's clear this is not going to be an open and shut case.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke Co. ))

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was up 142 points. The NASDAQ has gained 27.

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Coming up in sports, the Eagles clench the NFC East title....
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and we'll see why a British exhibit is taking people where no man has gone before.
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As if the Redskins season couldn't get any worse, yesterday in Philly, it did.
Not only did the Skins lose to the Eagles, they probably lost running back Stephen Davis for the final two games of the season.
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Davis separated his shoulder on a play in which he fumbled the football and was slammed to the ground.
Things did not get much better for the team.
It lost 34 to 21, as the Eagles clinched the N-F-C East Title.
Young quarterback Patrick Ramsey at least managed a good day, throwing for 213 yards and 3 scores.
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The next time you hear the phrase, "Beam Me Up, Scotty", it might be in a British accent.
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The Starship Enterprise has become the first permanent structure in London's Hyde Park in well over a century.
The famous spaceship has been re- created in great detail for a 47- million dollar interactive Star Trek exhibition.


Thousands of visitors will get to walk through re- created sets.
They'll also have the chance to ride in a simulator or play Trekkie trivia.
The exhibit opens Wednesday, and will travel from Europe, to the U-S, and Australia.
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