2 hundred 47 American Electric Power customers in the Roanoke area remain without power this morning.
Officials say it could be noon today before everyone's power is restored.
The problems began Christmas morning when high winds knocked down trees and power lines.
At one point, 55-hundred customers in the Roanoke Valley were without power.
A-E-P says the work is taking longer than normal because the causes of the outages are widespread.
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[SOT 23:08:17; 10:18:56]
[IN Q=And what we're seeing]
((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS CONTINUING TO GET CALLS COME IN SO WE GET A COUPLE HUNDRED ON AND WE GET A COUPLE HUNDRED CALLS FROM CUSTOMERS REPORTING OUTAGES.))
((ANN MILLER/CUSTOMER WITHOUT POWER: WE'VE HEARD PROBABLY FOUR OR FIVE DIFFERENT STORIES FROM AEP BUT I REALIZE THEY ARE JUST GUESTIMATING, THEY DON'T HAVE A DEFINITE IDEA.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/American Electric Power; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ann Miller/Customer Without Power; :07]
[OUT Q=have a definite idea]
Since the power outtages are scattered, A-E-P is asking you to contact the company if you don't have power because you might be the only one without electricity in your area..
A-E-P hopes to have the power back on for everyone by noon today.
The world's first human clone could be a reality as early as today.
The company, Clonaid, plans to announce its results in an attempt to create a baby girl that's genetically identical to her 30- year- old mother.
Some call it a breakthrough in science.
But critics say's it's bogus.
The company's founder claims "aliens" visited him 30 years ago, telling him they had created all life on Earth through genetic
Human cloning is banned in several countries.
But there is no specific law against it in the U-S.
It is not available to the general public yet but, starting next month, Virginia will administer the smallpox vaccination to thousands of health care workers.
The first stage of the state's voluntary vaccination plan is limited to hospital staff and public health teams.
The vaccine will not be available to the general public for at least another year.
The smallpox vaccine is not given with a normal hypodermic needle but with a two-pronged needle used to poke the skin.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Ferrell/Virginia Department of Health]
[OUT Q=THAT'S, THAT'S DIFFERENT.]
The U-S has not seen a case of smallpox since 1949.
Law enforcement is cracking down on drunk drivers this holiday season.
Authorities plan to conduct several sobriety check points to catch drunk drivers.
They hope to reduce the number of alcohol related fatalities in the state.
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[IN Q=Last year during the Christmas season]
((DAN JESEE/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: LAST YEAR DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON WE HAD 13 FATALITIES IN THE STATE THEN DURING THE NEW YEAR WE HAD 10. SO WE LOST 10 OF OUR CITIZENS OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND))
[SUPER=01-Dan Jessee/Virginia State Police]
[OUT Q=over the holiday weekend]
Authorities say even if you have one drink you should not drive.
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[IN Q=When you drink alcohol]
((WHEN YOU DRINK ALCOHOL THE VERY FIRST DRINK AFFECTS YOUR MORAL JUDGMENT. SO EACH DRINK JUST INCREASES THE CHANCES OF NOT MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION))
[OUT Q=the right decision]
Authorities are also asking motorist to help spot drunk drivers.
If you see someone you believe is under the influence dial pound 77 on your cell phone or 9-1-1.
Give a description of the vehicle, a license plate number and the direction the vehicle was headed.
A case of drunk FLYING has led to the suspension of a Delta Airlines pilot.
Officials say Gary Schroeder failed a breathalyzer test just before he was to take flight yesterday at Norfolk International Airport.
Schroeder had a blood- alcohol level of point- zero- seven.
The Federal Aviation Administration's limit for a flight crew member is point-zero-four.
F-A-A regulations prohibit pilots from drinking alcohol within
eight hours of duty.
Just across the Virginia- West Virginia state line, a man has won the largest single lottery jackpot in history.
Andrew Jackson Whittaker came forward to claim his 315- million- dollar powerball prize yesterday.
The West Virginia water and sewer contractor will take home a whopping lump sum of more than 111- million dollars after taxes.
55- year- old Whittaker says his main focus now will be helping others.
He says he also plans to keep on working.
In business news, The euro has risen to its highest level against the dollar in about three years.
That makes vacations in Paris or Rome more expensive for American tourists, but it offers relief to manufacturers by making
their goods cheaper in comparison to those of European competitors.
Jitters over North Korea's nuclear program helped push the dollar down.
In other news, Wall Street couldn't sustain an early rally yesterday.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm EC, CBS Marketwatch, NY]
((GOOD MORNING..A LOT OF WALL STREET REGULARS STAYED HOME ON THE DAY AFTER
CHRISTMAS, AND THAT EXPLAINS WHY the TRADING VOLUME ON THE N-Y-S-E WAS THE
LOWEST OF THE YEAR. AND WHY THE DAY WAS SO VOLATILE... AND WHY WE'RE LIKELY
TO SEE MORE OF THAT TODAY
UP SOME 100 POINTS, THE DOW SURRENDERED ALL OF THAT AND MORE FINISHING DOWN
THE NASDAQ WAS UP 3 BEFORE FINISHING WITH A LOSS OF 4.
WE'VE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT A BAD HOLIDAY SEASON THIS WAS FOR RETAILERS,
WELL THE FIRST ESTIMATES ARE IN----OVERALL SALES FELL 11 PERCENT, BECAUSE
OF DEEP DISCOUNTING.
DOW COMPONENT WAL MART SAYS IT WAS CASE OF TOO LITTLE TOO LATE, THE
WORLDS LARGEST RETAILER SAYS A BILLION DOLLARS WAS SPENT IN IT'S STORES ON
CHRISTMAS EVE..MORE THAN A BILLION LAST WEEKEND AS WELL.
DID YOU SHOP AT OR GET A GIFT FROM THE SHARPER IMAGE, THE STOCK IS HIGHER
AFTER REPORTING ON LINE SALES JUMPED 60 PERCENT, OVER ALL HOLIDAY SALES WERE
UP 28 PERCENT.
THOSE WHO WERE TRADING THURSDAY WERE ENCOURAGED BY A REPORT FROM THE LABOR
DEPARTMENT SHOWING FIRST TIME CLAIMS FOR STATE JOBLESS BENEFITS FELL BY 60
THOUSAND LAST MONTH, THE STEEPEST ONE WEEK DROP IN 9 YEARS.
DRUG GIANTS PHARMACIA AND PFIZER TRADED LOWER. NEW RESEARCH SHOWS CELEBREX,
THE ARTHRITIS DRUG THE TWO JOINTLY MARKET CAN CAUSE STOMACH BLEEDING IN SOME
PATIENTS WITH A HISTORY OF ULCERS.
VENEZUELA SAYS IT WILL GET IT'S OIL MOVING OUT OF THE COUNTRY AGAIN BY MID
JANUARY, BUT CONCERNS OVER WHAT THE DELAY MEANS TO WORLD STOCKPILES HAS SENT
OIL PRICES BACK ABOVE 32 DOLLARS A BARREL AND IF YOUR 36 OR YOUNGER,
MORTGAGE RATES ARE THE LOWEST IN YOUR LIFETIME. THE 30 YEAR FIXED SLIDING TO
5 POINT 93 PERCENT ON AVERAGE, THE 15 YEAR FIXED DOWN TO 5.32 PERCENT.
GET MORE BUSINESS NEWS AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH.COM
I'M ED CRANE, CBS MARKETWATCH, NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A judge in Seattle has set bond for an Iraqi-American accused of violating federal law by funneling millions of dollars to Iraq.
That decision could have implications for a local man also charged in the case.
Malik Al Maliki is the Roanoke resident accused of conspiring to launder money and send it to Iraq.
Earlier this week, supporters in western Virginia said he was helping them wire money to their families.
He's due in federal court for a second bond hearing later today.
On Monday, a U-S magistrate said he would consider Al Maliki's request for bond after the main defendants had their detention hearings.
On Tuesday, a U-S Magistrate in Seattle set bond for the alleged ringleader in the case at 100- thousand dollars.
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During the next ten days, bowlers in the New River Valley will be counting their final frames at Triangle Lanes.
And longtime patrons say their calculations will include much more than strikes and spares.
The Christiansburg landmark is making way for a new drug store, and the bowling alley will close January 5th.
For regulars, including league secretary Bobby Swain, the building holds many special memories.
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[IN Q=My wife and I]
((MY WIFE AND I, WE KIND OF STARTED DATING THROUGH THIS PLACE, AND A FRIEND'S BOWLING NOW, THAT'S WHERE HE MET HIS WIFE. AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE SOME SECOND GENERATION BOWLERS HERE RIGHT NOW, EVEN FATHERS AND SONS THAT WERE BOWLING HERE WHEN I STARTED.))
[SUPER=01-Bobby Swain/League Secretary;]
[OUT Q=when I started.]
Sixteen of the lanes will be removed for use in another bowling alley...
while wood from the others will provide longtime patrons and employees with mementos.
These days being caught on tape can either win you millions or send you to jail.
But, V-Dot officials say the cameras placed recently along Peppers Ferry Road outside Christiansburg are NOT there to punish drivers, but, rather to protect them.
The cameras are being used to develop a warning system for wrong-way drivers BEFORE they cause an accident.
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[IN Q=a sign with some sort]
((JOHN THOMPSON/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION:A SIGN WITH SOME SORT OF WARNING ON IT WITH SOME FLASHING LIGHTS ATTACHED TO IT AND THERE WILL BE A DETECTOR ON THE SIGN THAT WILL DETECT THE WRONG WAY DRIVER AND INACTIVATE THE WARNING SYSTEM 11:30))
[SUPER=01-John Thompson/Virginia Department of Transportation;]
[OUT Q=THE WARNING SYSTEM]
The department is working with Virginia Tech on the project, which is expected to be completed by next Spring.
Officials say it is the first of its kind in the state.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A former banker who helped run Virginia Tech and the Explore Park died earlier this week.
Clifford Cutchins the Third was 79-years-old.
He was rector of the Board of Visitors at Virginia Tech, his alma mater, and also served as chairman of the Explore Park's board of directors.
Cutchins was a native of Southampton County.