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[ANCHOR=Shannon]

Out on bond, an Iraqi man accused of funneling money to Iraq speaks out.
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And, local scientists lend support to a claim that the first human clone is alive and well.
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[Sports-head]


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Tonight on News 7 Sports, we've got plenty of high school hoops to talk about, plus
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[VO-NAT]


Steve Mason talks food and football with the Cavaliers in Charlotte on the eve of the Continental Tire Bowl.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Leo]
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Your last weekend in the year 2002 will be a beauty with warming temperatures. I'll have your forecast.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-shot]


News 7 is next.
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[SOT 13:54]
[IN Q=My six years]

((MY SIX YEARS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, I DON'T DO ANYTHING WRONG.))
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[OUT Q=don't do anything wrong.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Roanoke man accused of funneling money to Iraq says he's not guilty.
As friends rally to his side and help secure his release on bond.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
Keith is off tonight.

[Iraq-Money]


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Malik Almaliki will face charges in Seattle along with several other defendants accused of sending money to Iraq in violation of U.S. Law.
But tonight he is free, after friends helped him raise enough money to secure his bond. [***ALMALIKI IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & JoeD /BAM;]


Joe Dashiell attended the hearing this afternoon, and spoke with Almaliki following his release
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Shannon, Almalaki is accused of illegally funnelling more than 130- thousand dollars to Iraq.
But his supporters in the Roanoke say he was only doing what other immigrants routinely do... helping them send money to family members.
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[IN Q=Back in 1990]
[SUPER=01-John Edwards/Almaliki's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :19]
[SUPER=01-Amir Al-Shamiry/Friend; :33]
[SUPER=01-Malik Almaliki/Defendant; :50]
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[OUT Q=to my country here.]
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[OUT Q=understand that situation.]


Attorney John Edwards says Almaliki is a legitimate immigrant who has enjoyed living and working in the Roanoke Valley for the last six years.
Friends have appeared in court to support him, and today they pledged property and raised cash to secure his 50- thousand dollar bond.
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[IN Q=We don't let him down]
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[OUT Q=they need to stay alive.]


Following his release, Almaliki said he did not knowingly violate any US. laws.
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[IN Q=Does it make you feel good]
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[OUT Q=bringing my wife to my country here.]))
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In granting Almaliki's bond, U-S magistrate Glen Conrad confirmed that the case is at appears on the surface, an effort to transmit funds back to relatives in Iraq.
But that still is against the law, Shannon
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And Almaliki must now travel to Washington State to face those charges.[Afton-Crash]


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No charges will be filed in that huge accident earlier this month on Afton Mountain.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Augusta Co./December 13]


The forty car pileup happened on the westbound side of Interstate 64 around one o'clock in the afternoon December 13th.
The final report is complete and State Police say heavy fog and sleet were contributing factors.
But troopers say drivers were also going too fast for those weather conditions and therefore are partly to blame for the accident.
However, no one will face charges because investigators say there is lack of sufficient evidence to charge any particular driver.
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An 83-year-old Roanoke man involved in a traffic accident yesterday morning has died.
Ray Douglas Maddox of Southeast Roanoke died last night of internal injuries resulting from a crash in Garden City.

Maddox was driving alone in his 1992 Ford pickup when it struck a parked vehicle.
He refused treatment at the scene but was taken to the hospital last night by family members.
This marks Roanoke's ninth traffic fatality of the year.

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A car crash in Pittsylania County yesterday killed a man from Hurt.
State Police say 40-year-old Lincoln Shelton, Junior lost control of his vehicle, hit a culvert and a utility pole.
Shelton was not wearing a seat belt.
So far this year, police say 883 people have died on Virginia's highways.
That's about 40 fewer fatalities than the year before.

[Bastian-Crash]


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Federal investigators have found no obvious explanation for a plane crash in Bland County last month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bland Co./November 29]


The single-engine Piper went down the day before Thanksgiving as it was making an approach to the Bluefield airport.
Civil Air Patrol searchers found the wreckage the next day.
The accident killed the pilot and a passenger.
A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board found nothing wrong with the aircraft.
The report says the pilot had 21-hundred hours of flight time, and was qualified to fly on instruments.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=NONE]


A local radio station is changing its tune.
Find out which when News Seven returns.
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[VO-NAT]


A Florida company says the first cloned human is doing well.
We'll get reaction from a local firm in the cloning business next on News 7.
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[Cloning]


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A company founded by a religious group says it has created the world's first human clone.
The company, Clonaid, made the announcement today during a news conference in Florida.
Officials say the baby was born yesterday, but, so far has NOT offered any evidence to support its claims.
[BLACKSBURG DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda & Shannon/Microwave;]


New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens joins us now with more on the company's background and how local scientists are reacting to its announcement.
Shannon, Clonaid was founded in 19-97 by a religious group called the Raelians (RAY-lee-uhns).
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The group believes that ALIENS created life on Earth through genetic engineering.
Aside from whether you agree with their beliefs, many scientists say their claims to have cloned a human could very well be true.
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((DAVID AYARES/PPL THERAPEUTICS: I'M NOT SURPRISED A HUMAN HAS BEEN CLONED. THE TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN AROUND BASICALLY SINCE 1997 WHEN DOLLY THE SHEEP WAS CLONED. AND TECHNICALLY THERE'S NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLONING AN ANIMAL EMBRYO AND CLONING A HUMAN EMBRYO. SO IT REALLY WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE A GROUP COULD ACHIEVE THIS 44:19)) [RUNS :18]
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[VO-NAT]


David Ayares (Airz) is the Vice President of Research for P-P-L Therapeutics, a Blacksburg company that has been cloning animals for over five years.
But, Ayares says the company is not involved in cloning humans--and frankly never will.
He says there are still too many holes in the cloning process, and thinks that it can be dangerous to both the mother and the child.
But, as science progresses, Ayares says he wouldn't be surprised to see human cloning as a common practice for infertilization.
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[RUNS :09] ((I THINK WE'LL COME TO ACCEPT IT TECHNICALLY AND SCIENTIFICALLY. HOW WE DEAL WITH IT FROM AN ETHICAL PERSPECTIVE I THINK IT STILL TO BE TESTED 47:27))))
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And still to be tested is the D-N-A from the human clone, which by the way is a seven-pound baby girl named Eve.
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Shannon, apparently that is supposed to happen within the next couple of weeks.

[Recycling]


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Roanoke officials are hoping a mountain of holiday trash will help them meet the city's recycling goals.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The city has an incentive agreement with Cycle Systems, the company that recycles material collected by city trucks.
If the city recycles 300 tons or more a month, it doesn't have to pay Cycle Systems for the service.
The city fell just a few tons short in October, and officials are hoping all that wrapping paper will help them meet their goal in December.
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A car stolen from a Roanoke women on Christmas day was recovered today.
Police say a man committed the carjacking then used the vehicle as a getaway car in a robbery of a convenience store in Narrows.
The 1998 blue Chevrolet Prism was found in Bland County.
Authorities are checking it for evidence.

[Stocks]


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There was no Santa Claus rally this Christmas week on Wall Street as stocks lost ground both for the session and for the week. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW tumbled 129 points today.
NASDAQ lost 20.
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[Radio-station]


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After twenty-two years, a local radio station is changing its tune.
93.5 has gone from country music to soft adult contemporary.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Sunny 93.5 debuted its new format yesterday.
Station officials say the songs of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion are now filling their airwaves.
They say the high number of country stations in the area as well as listeners' requests prompted the change.
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[SOT 15:30:19]
[IN Q=THIS AGAIN IS NOT A CARBON COPY]

((CHRIS CLENDENEN/GENERAL MANAGER, SUNNY 93.5: THIS AGAIN IS NOT A CARBON COPY OF ANOTHER STATION. IT'S SOMETHING DIFFERENT SO WE WANTED TO GIVE PEOPLE A CHOICE FOR SOMETHING TO LISTEN TO. LIKE I SAID WE HAVE JUST BEEN BESIEGED FOR THE LAST, OH PROBABLY, COUPLE OF YEARS WITH PEOPLE ASKING FOR THIS ALL THE TIME, THIS TYPE OF FORMAT, THIS TYPE OF MUSIC.))
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[OUT Q=THIS TYPE OF MUSIC.]
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They say that over 5-hundred listeners have called in already to say they like what they're hearing
Although the studio sits empty at the moment, W-S-N-V plans on adding four new deejays in January as well as news, weather and traffic.
93.5 began as a religious station in 1969 and switched to country music in 1980.
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[Adoptions-Money]


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Virginia's Department of Social Services got a holiday bonus of sorts.
The department was awarded 922-thousand dollars for increasing the number of children adopted from state-supervised foster care.
Governor Mark Warner said in a press release today that permanent homes were found for 496 children in the foster care system during the 2001 federal fiscal year.
The federal goal for the state was 321 adoptions.
There are still nearly 15-hundred children in the foster care system ready for adoption.
Virginia was one of 23 states to receive a bonus, and received the eighth largest bonus awarded.

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Tonight in sports, holiday hoops action from Salem and Northside, plus the Virginia Cavaliers hope to put an end to their four game bowl losing streak.
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[SUPER=05-Charlotte, NC]
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[S-Wahoos]


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The Continental Tire Bowl between Virginia and West Virginia is now just a day away.
[CHARLOTTE DOUBLE BOXES=Travis & Steve STARLINK;]


Steve Mason joins us from Charlotte, North Carolina for a final day look at this ACC-Big East post season clash.
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((ROLLCUE:...spot the ball."))
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[SUPER=01-Al Groh/Cavaliers Head Coach; :14]
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/This Season; :40]
[SUPER=01-Matt Schaub/27 TD Passes this Season; :52]
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[S-Tech]


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The Mountaineers will throw a unique 3-3-5 defensive scheme at the Cavs. That's the same scheme that gave Tech so much trouble earlier this season in Blacksburg. It's also the same alignment that Air Force will employ against the Hokies in the San Francisco Bowl.
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[SUPER=01-Ernest Wilford/Hokies Wideout; :22]
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[OUT Q=on attacking them."]
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[S-Fleming]


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The holiday hoops tournaments rolled on this afternoon. William Fleming and Hidden Valley locked horns in a consolation tilt over in Salem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Colonels vs. Titans; :00]


Rick Hall had a few last minute instructions for his Colonels this afternoon.
Hidden Valley got off on the right foot when Hunter Miller penetrated and finished things off with the easy lay-in.
Fleming's Taurus Boyd then plays some 'd'. Boyd comes up with the steal and goes coast to coast for the deuce. The Colonels led it by 6.
[SUPER=33-William Fleming/54/Hidden Valley/43/;]

Hidden Valley hung tough though. Kevin Lambert hits Corey Snell who bombs away from behind the arc.
But Fleming goes on to win it 54 to 43.
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Consolation action was on tap today over at Northside as well.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Terriers vs. Bulldogs; :00]


Martinsville squared off with William Byrd in the day's opener.
The Terriers Brad Collins was on the move in the second quarter. Collins made the dish to Chris Lucas for the lay-up to get the Byrd party started.
The Dogs Marquis Brandon answered as he knocked back the long 3-ball for the Ville. It was 20 to 8 Bulldogs.
But Byrd came right back. Lucas to Andy Fralin for a jumper of his own.
[SUPER=33-Martinsville/54/William Byrd/55/;]

Martinsville's Hasan Davis then shows off some acrobatics. The nifty move led to another bucket, but Byrd comes all the way back to eek out a 55 to 54 win. (------------)