High winds are leaving their mark on the Roanoke Valley ... as more than 15-hundred homes remain without power.
We'll tell you when it should be restored.
And the West Virginia winner of the 315-million dollar Powerball jackpot is keeping a low profile for now.
Expect the winds to slowly decrease late this afternoon. Even though the weather outside now is frightful, your weekend forecast is delightful. Details straight ahead.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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[IN Q=We have hundreds]
((TODD BURNS: WE HAVE HUNDREDS LITERALLY OF SMALL CASES OF TROUBLE TO RESPOND TO.))
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American Electric Power says it could be another day before everyone has their power restored.
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More than 15-hundred customers in the Roanoke Valley remain without power this afternoon.
The problems began Christmas morning when high winds started knocking down trees and power lines.
At one point, 10 thousand customers including 55-hundred in the Roanoke Valley were without power.
A-E-P has brought in extra crews to help restore the electricity but a spokesperson warns the work could take awhile.
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[IN Q=If we have]
((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: IF WE HAVE FOR EXAMPLE 5-THOUSAND CUSTOMERS AND WE HAVE THAT IN THREE DIFFERENT OUTTAGES THEN THAT IN MOST CASES CAN BE RESTORED RATHER QUICKLY. WHAT WE HAVE IS ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND CUSTOMERS OUT AND WE HAVE LITERALLY HAVE HUNDREDS OF CASES OF TROUBLE TO INVESTIGATE AND THEN RESTORE TO POWER TO.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/AEP Spokesperson]
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Since the power outtages are scattered, A-E-P is asking customers without power to contact them because they may be the only ones without electricity.
[Take FS Board]
To report an outage call A-E-P at 1 800-956-4237.
All over the Northeast, people are digging out from the remnants of their White Christmas.
Holiday travelers will have to make their way through snow as deep as three feet in some places.
The storm -- which is now blamed for at least 18 deaths since Monday -- caused some major highways to be shut down as it moved into New England late yesterday.
Tens of thousands of customers lost power -- including 50-thousand in Massachusetts.
There are also long delays at some airports in the northeast.
(Marya tosses to Brent in weather center)[Narrows-Robbery]
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Giles County authorities are searching for a man who robbed a convenience store in Narrows and stole a car in Roanoke.
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Deputies say a man entered the Super Value convenience store on Route 460 around 10-o'clock, showed a gun to the clerk and got away with an undetermined amount of money.
Earlier, police say the man held a woman in Roanoke at gunpoint and stole her car, and used it as a getaway car.
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[INQ=The femail did...]
((THOMAS GAUTIER/NARROWS POLICE CHIEF; THE FEMALE DID TALK HIM INTO TAKING HER BACK TO TROUTVILLE AND LETTING HER OUT, AND HE TOLD HER HE WOULD BRING HER CAR BACK.))
[SUPER=01-Thomas Gautier/Narrows Police Chief;]
[OUTQ=would bring her car back.]
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Police are looking for a 1998 blue, 4-door Chevy Prism with a white pin stripe.
It has West Virginia tag 4-Z-8-4-9-9.
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If you have any information, you're asked to call the Giles County Sheriff's Office at 540- 921 - 3842.
Israeli tanks surround the city of Bethlehem today ...
Officials say they're setting up buffer zones around Jewish settlements to keep out Palestinian attackers.
At least six Palestinians were killed today when Israeli soldiers went hunting for militants in the West Bank.
Among the dead were a man identified as a member of the militant group Hamas and two unarmed bystanders, including a teenager.
The violence ends what Palestinian Christians say was one of their worst Christmases ever.
The winner of last night's 315-million dollar Powerball jackpot is keeping a low profile for now.
A man claiming to be a lawyer for the winner has told lottery officials he'll be in touch.
He claims the winner lives in Putnam County, West Virginia.
The only winning ticket came from a convenience store in Hurricane, West Virginia.
It's the highest single-ticket jackpot ever.
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[IN Q=Well, I got a]
((Well, I got a call from my dad .... down here as soon as possible.))
[SUPER=01-Amy Trogdon/Store Manager;]
[OUT Q=as soon as possible.]
The winner chose a lump-sum payout of 170-million dollars before taxes.
Lottery officials say it's so much money, they don't have enough cash on hand to award the full amount right now.
There's a growing need for the work of area charities, especially during the holiday season.
But the task is proving to be more difficult since giving is down.
Justin McLeod explains some of the reasons why.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF SERVING]
[SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Rescue Mission; :23]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Meadows/Samaritan's Inn; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Ronnie Carter/RAM House; 1:29]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF SERVING AT 15:39:04))
Roanoke's Rescue Mission opens it's doors to feed the homeless every day of the year.
One of it's largest meals is usually on Christmas.
It attracts nearly 900-people.
[IN Q=We just try to make]
((JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION: WE JUST TRY TO MAKE IT FAMILY FOR EVERYBODY.))
[OUT Q=for everybody]
That is proving quite difficult this year.
Charitable giving is down nearly 12-percent while the need here in Roanoke is up by 35-percent.
[IN Q=I think we're still]
((JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION: I THINK WE'RE STILL SUFFERING FROM WHAT HAPPENED SEPTEMBER 11TH, WE STILL HAVE A POOR ECONOMY, AND WE HAVE A HEALTHCARE CRISIS.))
[OUT Q=healthcare crisis]
To make do, the Rescue Mission has had to cut five positions.
Programs so far remain intact but it won't be adding any new ones this year.
The Rescue Mission also needs to raise another million dollars for its new women's shelter.
[IN Q=Some organizations run]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: SOME ORGANIZATIONS RUN ENTIRELY ON PRIVATE DONATIONS, MEANING THEY RECEIVE NO LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL GRANTS. ONE SUCH PLACE IS THE SAMARTIAN'S INN HERE IN ROANOKE. IT TYPICALLY TAKES 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO RUN THIS PLACE EVER YEAR BUT THIS YEAR IT ONLY RAISED ABOUT 36-THOUSAND.))
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((NAT SOUND INSIDE SAMARITAN'S INN))
The Christmas dinner here at the Samaritan's Inn attracted nearly two hundred people.
That is slighty up from last year.
And since donations are down, the organization has to put its capital improvement projects on hold.
[IN Q=I just put it in the hands]
((WAYNE MEADOWS/SAMARITAN'S INN: I JUST LEFT IT IN THE HANDS OF THE LORD AND SO FAR IT'S BEEN WELL. WE JUST HAVE TO TAKE IT DAY BY DAY AND SEE WHAT GOES ON.))
[OUT Q=what goes on]
Also taking it day by day is the RAM House in Roanoke.
Workers saw more families seeking help this Christmas.
[IN Q=Please give because we]
((RONNIE CARTER/SHELTER MANAGER: PLEASE GIVE BECAUSE WE NEED YOUR HELP. WE NEED YOUR HELP HERE. WE TRY TO KEEP THE PLACE RUNNING, I KNOW THE DIRECTORS UPSTAIRS WORK HARD TO KEEP THIS PLACE GOING, WE JUST HOPE PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED HELP HERE.))
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Help that is needed because many of these places don't turn anyone away.
But that is proving more difficult as charities try to do more with less.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
It also appears to be a difficult year for the Salvation Army.
The charity saw more hungry families turning out this year for the annual Christmas dinner at its facilities on Salem Avenue.
Its annual campaign to raise money in the Roanoke Valley also failed to meet expectations.
Giving was down by nearly 20-percent and the Salvation Army collected only about 130-thousand dollars.
Officials blame the reduction on a late Thanksgiving, tough ECONOMIC times...and new rules at some businesses that restricted where the Salvation Army bell ringers could set up.
Area firefighters got a special Christmas reward for the hard work they do all year round.
The men and women who serve and protect have to work 365 days a year.
To show their appreciation, fire captains in Roanoke bought the main course for the station's Christmas dinner.
Several area grocery stores and some nearby neighbors also donated food and baked goods.
Many of the firefighter's families also stopped by.
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[IN Q=You'll have your families]
((DALE BARKER/ROANOKE FIRE DEPARTMENT: YOU'LL HAVE YOUR FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO HAVE KIDS WILL USUALLY COME BY AND VISIT. A LOT OF THEM COME AND EAT SOMETIMES, IF IT WORKS OUT, SOMETIMES IT DON'T. YOU MAY BE SITTING DOWN WITH YOUR FAMILY AND GET A CALL.))
[SUPER=01-Dale Barker/Roanoke Fire Department;]
[OUT Q=and get a call]
Firefighters say Christmas Day is usually a routine day when it comes to answering calls.
Station seven in Roanoke handles on average 12-hundred calls a year.
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Now that Christmas is behind us, it's time to start making plans for New Year's Eve.
If you're looking for something to do, the town of Blacksburg is hosting its annual First Night celebration.
It's a family oriented event that features a variety of entertainment.
Several bands are scheduled to perform and numerous children's activities are planned.
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[IN Q=Your admission is a button]
[SUPER=01-Dean Crane/Parks & Recreation Director;]
[OUT Q=let's you into everyplace free.]
First Night will ring in the new year with a bang.
There'll be a countdown to midnight and a fireworks display.
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For more information, call the town's Parks and Recreation office at 961-1135.
Pets in Israel can be protected if there's ever a chemical or biological attack.
Veterinarians are selling a gas mask specifically designed for pets.
For 50 dollars, people can buy a kit that includes antiobiotics for an anthrax attack and a makeshift gas mask made of bandages and baking soda.
There are sizes for cats and dogs.
Vets say a number of people have bought the kit ... out of concern about the possibility of a chemical attack by Iraq.
An unlikely culture clash unfolded on British television this Christmas.
Queen Elizabeth delivered her annual Christmas message yesterday. But she had some unlikely competition from the queen of a popular television show ... the Osbournes.
Richard Roth reports.
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[IN Q=For Queen Elizabeth]
[SUPER=03-London, England; :00]
[SUPER=07-Queen Elizabeth; :11]
[SUPER=07-Sharon Osbourne; 1:38]
[SUPER=01-Richard Roth/Reporting; 1:50]
[OUT Q=RR, CBS News, London.]
((FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH, NOT FAMOUS FOR SHARING FAMILY SECRETS WITH HER SUBJECTS, IT WAS A MESSAGE MORE REASSURING THAN SURPRISING. V/O QUEEN ELIZABETH: as I look back over these past twelve months, i know that it has been aboutr as full a
year as i can remember. SOT QUEEN ELIZABETH: But Christmas itself still remains a time for reflection and a focus of ho
pe for the future. NARR: THE QUEEN RECALLED THE DEATHS OF HER SISTER AND HER MOTHER...AND SAID SHE'D RELIED ON FAITH TO
GUIDE HER. SOT QUEEN: It is often difficult to keep this sense of perspective through the u s and downs of everyday li
fe, as this year has consistently reminded me. NARR: NATIONAL PRIDE, SHE SAID, HAD BEEN STIRRED BY CELEBRATION OF HER F
IFTY YEARS ON THE THRONE -- WHERE SHE CLEARLY PLANS TO REMAIN. SOT QUEEN: I look forward to the new year, to facing the
challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and to continuing to sereve you to the very best of my ability each and every day. (b&w file of people in front of radio or tv) NARR: FOR BRITAIN IT USED TO BE A NATIONAL TRADITION AND FAMILY RITUAL, TO TUNE INTO THE MONARCH AFTER CHRISTMAS DINNER. MORE THAN HALF THE NATION WATCHED AS RECENTLY AS FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. BUT VIEWERSHIP FOR THE CROWN'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE HAS PLUMMETED. SOME OF THOSE WHO DIDN'T WATCH THE QUEEN YESTERDA
Y MAY HAVE STUMBLED ON THIS. NAT SOT: channel four / sharon osbourne NARR: A SO-CALLED 'ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE,'
DELIVERED BY SHARON OSBOURNE - WIFE OF ROCKER OZZIE OSBOURNE - WHOSE FAMILY, NOT COINCIDENTALLY, STARS IN A FLY-ON-THE
-WALL TV SHOW STRUGGLING FOR RATINGS ON THE SAME COMMERCIAL CHANNEL THAT INVITED MRS. OSBOURNE TO SPEAK. SOT SHARON OSB
OURNE: 2002 has been a very weird year, i think because everyone's just waiting for something to happen. NARR: SHE TOO REVIEWED THE YEAR PAST, FROM HER BATTLE WITH COLON CANCER TO HER HUSBAND'S APPEARANCE AT THE QUEEN'S JUBILEE CONCERT --
WHERE SHARON SAID SHE MET PRINCE CHARLES' MISTRESS CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES, AND COMPLIMENTED HER ON HER LEAVAGE. SOT OSB
OURNE: beinbg invited to the royal jubilee was really the highlight of t e year for us, Ozzie was just so humbled by it he couldn't believe it and i couldn't believe it - i'd get into byuckingham palace, havew a good snoop around. NARR: A
ND IN HER OWN WAY, SHARON OSBOURNE TOO CELEBRATED FAMILY VALUES. SOT OSBOURNE: it sounds kind iof corny, but kiss you m
om, kiss your dad, it's very important to love your family, especially at this time of year, NARR: THE AIM THOUGH WAS LESS A MOCKERY OF ROYAL TRADITION THAN AN EFFORT TO SCORE RATING POINTS, AND IT WAS HARDLY NOTICED. RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS LONDON))
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The Virginia Tech football players are on their way to California.
After a bus trip from Blacksburg to Greensboro, the Hokies will board a charter flight to San Francisco.
It's a coast-to-coast trek that the players are anxiously anticipating.
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[IN Q=GOING TO SF...]
[SUPER=01-Doug Easlick/Virginia Tech Fullback; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nathaniel Adibi/Virginia Tech Defensive End; :23]
[OUT Q=...TOO MUCH."]
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This is Tech's 10th straight bowl game under Frank Beamer, and as they have in the past - they will take every player on the roster. In this case, that's 111 players making the trip.
The similarities between Virginia and West Virginia don't stop at the fact that both were snubbed by bigger bowls.
As Steve Mason tells us, learning to deal with the disappointment was helped along by Tire Bowl hype.
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[SUPER=03-Madison, WI/Mountaineers vs. Badgers; :00]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Mountaineers vs. Hokies; :11]
[SUPER=01-Rasheed Marshall/West Virginia Quarterback; :19]
[SUPER=01-Phil Braxton/West Virginia Receiver; :26]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :52]
[SUPER=01-Matt Schaub/UVa Quarterback; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Rich Rodriquez/West Virginia Head Coach; 1:16]
[SUPER=01-Ben Collins/West Virginia Linebacker; 1:33(QUICK!!!!!)]
[SUPER=01-Billy McMullen/UVa Receiver; 1:40]
[SUPER=01-Brian Barthelmes/UVa Tackle; 1:52]
[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
((West Virginia's run this season was one of the best in the country. The 9 and 3 Mountaineers were 3 and 8 just a season ago. But as West Virginia began preparing for UVa, the players still had some bite to their comments when asked why the Gator Bowl failed to sink its teeth into the Big East second place team.
The Tire Bowl was just the ticket to help the Mountaineers forget about the Gator bowl snub. A sell out crowd of over 72 thousand will pack into Erickson Stadium to watch the renewal of a 80's border war and both sides are juiced.))