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Coming up on News 7 at 5 - Many people across the south wishing for a white Christmas are getting a wet one instead.
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and as last minute shoppers and holiday travelers make their final rounds, we'll check on traffic conditions around the area.
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The light rain a drizzle will conitnue tonight with some colder air pushing in overnight changing a few leftover rain showers into snow showers. I'll have your forecast.


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Iraq releases more information about a downed U-S spy plane
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and in medical news - stress is as expected as presents and pumpkin pie around the holidays - we'll have some tips on how to relax and enjoy your holiday
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Plus - today may be the last shopping day, but retailers aren't ringing in the sales. Stay with us - News 7 at 5 starts now.

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The light rain a drizzle will conitnue tonight with some colder air pushing in overnight changing a few leftover rain showers into snow showers. I'll have your forecast.

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Iraq releases more information about a downed U-S spy plane
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and in medical news - stress is as expected as presents and pumpkin pie around the holidays - we'll have some tips on how to relax and enjoy your holiday
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Plus - today may be the last shopping day, but retailers aren't ringing in the sales. Stay with us - News 7 at 5 starts now.[Open]
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((JACK BURTON/TEXAS RESIDENT: IT'S A MESS. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO. IT'S NOT COMMON THAT YOU GET THIS KIND OF DAMAGE.))
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From tornados to snow, winter storm warnings and advisories stretch from New Mexico to Pennsylvania due to a Christmas Eve storm that's now claimed 12 lives.
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Good evening. I'm Shannon Young in for Jean Jadhon.





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Winter weather is making its way across the US--- right on cue for Christmas.

Some states are seeing snow for the first time in more than 25 years. Stacy Case has more on what's become a mixed blessing.
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[IN Q=Those dreaming of a white Christmas...]
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(( (SPRINGFIELD, MO )
NAT: (something from Missouri)
TRACK: THOSE DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS NEED DREAM NO MORE.
FROM NEW MEXICO TO MISSOURI--- THEY GOT IT.



MOS SOT: NO SUPER

"I think it's beautiful...I think it's nice for Christmas"

TRACK: IN TEXAS--- A ONE-TWO PUNCH. SNOW AND TWISTERS TOGETHER.

SEVERAL HOMES WERE DAMAGED AND A HALF FOOT OR MORE OF SNOW BLANKETED THE
TEXAS PANHANDLE. TORNADOS ALSO TOUCHED DOWN IN GEORGIA--- HEAVY RAINS

FLOODED FAMILIES OUT ON CHRISTMAS EVE.
NAT: (kids sledding)
TRACK: AS FUN AS THE SNOW MAY BE FOR SOME, IT HAS PROVEN DEADLY FOR OTHERS. AS THE STORM MOVES ACROSS THE PLAINS...HEADED NORTHEAST...IT'S HAMPERING HOLIDAY TRAVEL ON THE ROAD AND IN THE AIR. 11 MILLION PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO FLY, BUT AT DOZENS OF AIRPORTS, PLANES ARE COVERED WITH SNOW AND PASSENGERS ARE STAYING PUT.

SOT: (Annette Cook/Airport Traveler)

"I live here and staying here thank- God. But everybody else is coming in, in this. It worries me to death."
TRACK: SOME 46 MILLION OTHERS ARE DRIVING. GOOD LUCK.

(NAT--road stuff-- cars stuck, etc)


TRACK: IN OKLAHOMA, WHITE OUT CONDITIONS FORCED DRIVERS FROM THE ROADS. IT'S THIS STATE'S FIRST WHITE CHRISTMAS SINCE 19-75.
FORECASTERS DESCRIBE THE STORM AS CLASSIC---



SOT: NO SUPER

"I wish it would snow everyday!"
TRACK: FOR OTHERS, IT'S JUST A DREAM COME TRUE. STACY CASE, CBS NEWS/RALEIGH))

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More information is coming to light about the US spy plane downed by Iraq.
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Iraqi TV released more pictures of the unmanned drone. The Pentagon says the plane was shot down by an Iraqi aircraft in the Southern no-fly zone yesterday. Iraq says the move was justified. As for the holiday, American troops aren't getting time off but did get something of a gift in the form of praise from one of their leaders.
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((GEN. RICHARD MYERS/CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF: I'M REALLY PROUD OF WHAT YOU DO. AND IM REALLY PROUD TO BE ON THE SAME TEAM AND TO BE ON A WINNING TEAM. AND I THANK YOU VERY MUCH.))
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Meantime, the prime minister of Turkey says the situation in Iraq has reached a "serious point" and that the country's considering allowing US forces to use its military bases.

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From corporate scandal to snatched children and sniper shootings ... these were the events that marked 2002.
Teri Okita takes a look back at stories around the nation that were part of our lives this year.
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(((nats..sirens or shooting scene) THE SNIPER SHOOTINGS HELD AMERICA CAPTIVE FOR WEEKS ...THERE WAS FEAR AT THE PUMPS ... AND FRUSTRATION FROM NEGOTIATORS.
(nat pop - charles moose "let's resolve this before anyone else gets hurt.")

10 PEOPLE WERE KILLED ACROSS THE CAPITAL REGION ... BEFORE A SHARP EYED TRUCKER FINALLY LED AUTHORITIES TO THE SUSPECTS.
ONE BY ONE, TOP ENRON EXECUTIVES TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS. (nats..."i plead the fifth ) IN WHAT BECAME THE LARGEST CORPORATE CORRUPTION SCANDAL IN HISTORY, THOUSANDS OF ENRON EMPLOYEES AND INVESTORS WATCHED THEIR JOBS, PENSIONS, AND LIFE-SAVINGS GO DOWN THE DRAIN.

(natsd I have nothing to say on the matter )

DOMESTIC DIVA MARTHA STEWART IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR INSIDER TRADING, AFTER SELLING OFF HER IMCLONE STOCK - JUST BEFORE IT TOOK A NOSEDIVE. SHARES IN HER OWN COMPANY HAVE FALLEN OFF SHARPLY.

(nats...bagpipes)

A YEAR AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS, THE PAIN WAS STILL RAW -- THE MEMORIES FRESH...
(more nats)...AS MILLIONS MARKED THE ANNIVERSARY.


DESPITE TEARFUL TESTIMONY, AMERICAN TALIBAN JOHN WALKER LINDH WAS SENT TO PRISON FOR 20 YEARS. THE 21 YEAR OLD CALIFORNIAN SAID HE MADE A MISTAKE, BY TEAMING UP WITH TALIBAN SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN....BUT A JUDGE SAID, 'LIFE IS ABOUT MAKING CHOICES, AND LIVING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES.'

(nats..protests)

ALLEGATIONS AND CONVICTIONS...OF PEDOPHILE PRIESTS LED TO A BITTER BATTLE IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. ONE OF THE NATION'S HIGHEST RANKING CATHOLIC LEADERS RESIGNED, AND THE VATICAN CREATED CHURCH TRIBUNALS TO DISCIPLINE ABUSIVE PRIESTS.


(nat sot - samantha's mother "bring back my baby!") IT WAS A SUMMER OF HEARTBREAK FOR PARENTS OF ABDUCTED CHILDREN....O

NE KIDNAPPING AFTER ANOTHER HAD MOMS AND DADS KEEPING THEIR KIDS CLOSE... AND DRIVERS NATIONWIDE USING THE AMBER ALERT SYSTEM TO HELP KEEP COPS ONE STEP AHEAD OF CRIMINALS.

(nats..miners being rescued)

A TRAGEDY TURNED TRIUMPHANT FOR NINE MINERS TRAPPED UNDERGROUND FOR 77-HOURS... ONE BY ONE, THE EXHAUSTED MEN WERE PULLED FROM THE DARKNESS ... THEIR FACES BLACK WITH SOOT...THEIR HEARTS FILLED WITH RELIEF. (more nats...) TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS....))
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Coming up next on the newscast, People are lining up with hopes of winning nearly 300-MILLION dollars worth of Christmas Cash.
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and the one thing most of us can count on getting for the holidays is stress - but there are ways to stay ccool, calm and collected for Christmas. We'll explain after the break.

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It is the night before Christmas and not a creature is stirring.
Well, there are some holiday travellers and last-minute shoppers on the road but overall, traffic is light this Christmas Eve.
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Meghan Muldoon has been tracking the holiday traffic.
She joins us now with more.
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Nothing makes the days as merry and bright as clear roads and steady-moving traffic and that's what we have today.
V-DOT is reporting there are no tie-ups on any of Virginia's major roads.
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And That may be due to less cars on the road. ((ROLLCUE:...LESS CARS ON THE ROAD))
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((AAA officials are reporting that auto travel down this holiday season.
They say that gas prices, which are up 32 cents a gallon from last year, may be a factor.
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But the fact that Christmas falls on a Wednesday may also be keeping some motorists off the road. [nat sound of cars speeding by]
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The roads may also be clearer this year because more Americans are taking to the skies.
Air travel is up from last year.
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But for those who will be traveling this Christmas Eve.
State troopers have some advice.
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Officials at Roanoke Regional Airport say air travel is also moving smoothly.


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There are a few minor delays due to fog in some parts of the country but it looks like most people will be able to make it home it for the holidays. [wx1 next]


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The last-minute pre-Christmas rush is on -- but not necessarily for presents. Instead, people in much of the country are flocking to stores for Powerball tickets. Tomorrow night's drawing is expected to be worth 280 (m) million dollars. Elizabeth Sanchez has more.
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[SUPER=01-Samantha Wood/Connecticut;]
[SUPER=01-Rick Batz/Maryland;]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Sanchez/Reporting; ]
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((It could be a gift worth millions of dollars.
Nat: A good Christmas present, stocking stuffers.
Track: In 23 states and the District of Columbia, people are lining up to buy tickets. With no winner on Saturday, the prize is rising. And even though the odds of winning are one in 120 million.. many have already made plans in case their dream comes true.

SOT: Samantha Wood/Connecticut "I'm gonna pay off all my bills, buy my

mom a house and a new car and go on vacation. How 'bout you?"
(NO SUPER) Share it with family, invest, just do good things with it."
Stand up: This is the largest Christmas jackpot ever and thats bringing out people who normally wouldnt try their luck at this game.

SOT: (NO SUPER) This is my first time, this is my first time, I've never

bought a ticket."

SOT: Rick Batz/Maryland This is my maiden voyage, and I have good luck

today because you guys are here to document it.
Track: Here in Conneticut, about 95-hundred tickets a minute are being sold. And most customers are going for quick picks. Even with stakes this high, people seem pretty confident.

SOT: You buy a fantasy you know. Its a dollar for a dream.


If theres no winner on Christmas, the jackpot rolls over for Saturday ... Giving all another chance to win millions. Elizabeth Sanchez, CBS News, Washington))

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Last minute shoppers may be spared from crowds and lines this year.
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Today traffic through Valley View Mall was steady but not nearly as busy as it could have been. Retailers hoped stores would be packed in the last few shopping days. Experts say sales totals have been below expectations and that promising numbers during the Thanksgiving weekend slowed considerably.
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((HOLLY STANSBURY/SHOPPER; I FOUND A PLACE TO PARK ACTUALLY IT HAS BEEN REALLY GREAT I HAVEN'T HAD ANY TROUBLE I FOUND EVERYTHING I NEEDED. I WALKED RIGHT INTO THE MUSIC STORE AND WELL RIGHT THERE IN AND OUT IN 30-SECONDS SO IT GETTING DONE QUICK, THAT'S A GOOD THING.))
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American Express says most late shoppers are men and that the later people start, the more money they will spend. Experts say the retail industry will now count on shoppers flocking to big sales after the holidays to brighten the bottom line.
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In health check tonight,
Last minute shopping, too much traffic, and reminders of lost loved ones, it's enough to stress anyone out this holiday season.
And if you don't have the skills to cope you could be putting your health at risk
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has details
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Shannon,
Too much stress can take a toll on you both mentally and physically.
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That's why it's important to know when you've reached your limit.
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((Take a poll at any shopping center the day before Christmas and you're bound to find many stressed out people.
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[IN Q=Do you feel stressed right now]

((do you feel stressed right now? YES IT IS CRAZY OUT HERE EVERYBODY IS FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING. THERE IS NOTHING LEFT))
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((THE PROCRASTINATORS LIKE MYSELF. I'M UP IN THE LINE GATHERING THIS AND GATHERING THAT AND PEOPLE UP BEHIND MY DOING THE SAME THINGS. THE PROCRASTINATORS MAKE IT STRESSFUL))
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And for some the holiday season brings memories of loved one who has passed away or is ill.
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[IN Q=When you have parents]

((WHEN YOU HAVE PARENTS WHO ARE AILING. IT'S STRESSFUL KNOWING THEY CANT' ENJOY THINGS LIKE THEY USE TO))
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Whatever your cause of stress this holiday...be careful because it can take its toll.
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[SOT18:16]
[IN Q=It's estimated that 60 to 80 percent]

((IT'S ESTIMATED THAT 60 TO 80 PERCENT OF THE COMPLAINTS THAT BRING PEOPLE INTO SEE PHYSICIANS ARE STRESS RELATED COMPLAINTS.))
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That's why clinical psychologist Louis Perrott says it's important to take a break from shopping and holiday activities to relax.
He says focusing on helping others and the what the season means can also help.
And remember exercise is one of the best stress relievers.
For those who are dealing with the loss of loved one, sharing memories can make difference.
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[IN Q=Remembering some cheerful events]

((REMEMBERING SOME CHEERFUL EVENTS THAT HAPPENED, OFTEN TIME RELATED THE HOLIDAYS SEASON REALLY HELP A GREAT DEAL. YES TEARS MAY COME BUT THAT'S REALLY OK))
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If you find yourself overwhelmed with stress or grief and need someone to talk to you can Connect at 540-981-8181 or Respond at 540-776-1000. They have counselors available 24 hours.
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Some of signs of too much stress include difficulty sleeping, heaches, upset stomach, and irritablity.
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Shannon,

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Up next on the newscast, Leo will tell us if there's a chance for any white stuff to fall from the sky this Christmas -
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and Santa and friends made an early stop in the New River Valley - We'll tell you why after a little later on News 7 at 5.
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Still to come on News 7 at 5 - Santa's helpers had some holiday surprises for kids in the New River Valley -
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And find out what's on the Cavaliers' Christmas wish list as they prepare to take on West Virginia this weekend.

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Christmas Eve on Wall Street brought little to investors' stockings.
In an shortened session, the Dow fell 45 points, while the Nasdaq Composite Index dropped nine and a-quarter points.
Ed Crane has more in today's Marketwatch.
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Good afternoon everybody!
The Day after Christmas isn't just for returning gifts and finding bargains. This year it's all about high school basketball as two high school basketball tournaments are set to tip-off here in the Roanoke Valley on Thursday the 26th. Northside's Invitational tournament opens Thursday with four games beginning at 2:30pm at the Vikings beautifuk home gym. Defending Group Two A state champ Martinsville is in this one. And the Salem Civic center is playing host to the Holiday Hoopla Extravaganza. Eight teams are in this thing including 4 from the Blue Ridge.
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[OUT Q=...AND GREAT COACHES."]
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There are also three other events in central and southwest Virginia later this week. Altavista high school is hosting an invitational tournament, as is Averett University in the annual Danville Register and Bee shootout. And eight schools are playing in Fort Chsiwell in the First Century Bank tournament.

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The Virginia Cavaliers and the West Virginia Mountaineers have been in Charlotte, North Carolina preparing for this coming weekend's 11 AM Continental Tire Bowl since last Saturday. But before leaving, they did talk about their holiday wishes with our Steve Mason.
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[SUPER=01-Angelo Crowell/UVa Senior Linebacker; :13]
[SUPER=01-Kwakou Robinson/UVa Defensive End; :23]
[SUPER=01-Wali Lundy/UVa Running Back; :32(QUICK!!!!!!)]
[SUPER=01-Brian Barthelmes/UVa Tackle; :37]
[SUPER=01-Matt Schaub/UVa Quarterback; :49]
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Take everybody and have the safe and Merry Christmas. [GO TO BREAK]

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Santa and his helpers made an early delivery in Radford today.
But, instead of a riding in on a sleigh...these elves were in patrol cars.
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Radford City Police went door to door delivering bikes and stockings to kids in need.
In all, they distributed 25-bikes, taken from the department's lost and found collection and fixed up.
This is the first year for the Santa Cops for Kids program.
Officials say they hope to make it an annual event.
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And finally today, if you are looking for some sounds of the season and a cozy fire to cuddle up in front of - WDBJ-DT has just the thing to make your Yule tide bright.
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[take live pic of 7.2] We will be playing holiday favorites by the fire all day tomorrow on our digital 7-point-2 channel.
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