[New-Years]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=New Year's]


From coast to coast, Americans are welcoming the arrival of 2003.
In New York's Times Square, hundreds of thousands of revelers watched the thousand-pound crystal ball drop.
Stacy Case has highlights from the big party in the Big Apple.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Case/CBS News; 1:08]
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(( NOT EVERYONE GETS TO PARTY ON NEW YEAR'S EVE. CLEANUP CREWS IN TIMES SQUARE ARE SPENDING THEIR HOLIDAY SWEEPING UP AFTER THE MESS LEFT BEHIND.

(NATS FULL)

"four, three, two, one"
LAST NIGHT THE NEW YEAR GOT OFF TO A SUPER START AS SUPERMAN STAR CHRISTOPHER REEVE AND MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG SENT THE BALL ON ITS DESCENT TO 2003.

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AFTERWARD REVELERS WERE TREATED TO FIREWORKS.... THE DISPLAY WAS BROUGHT BACK AFTER BEING CANCELED A YEAR AGO DUE TO THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS.

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THE TIMES SQUARE PARTY TOOK PLACE AMID EXTRA-TIGHT SECURITY. ABOUT 2-THOUSAND POLICE OFFICERS WERE OUT IN FORCE ... CHECKING BAGS, PATROLLING STREETS, AND SETTING UP POSITIONS ON ROOFTOPS.

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HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIALS WARNED OF A POSSIBLE ATTACK ON THE NEW YORK HARBOR. BUT TERRORISM CONCERNS DID NOT PUT A DAMPER ON CELEBRATION.

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IN KUWAIT SOLDIERS JUST ACROSS IRAQ'S BORDER TOOK A BREAK FROM THE WORRIES OF WAR TO USHER IN THE NEW YEAR.

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AND IN CITIES LIKE LONDON .... PARIS ... AND MOSCOW ... FIREWORKS LIT UP THE NIGHT SKY WITHOUT INCIDENT.

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(Stacy Case/CBS NEWS/New York)

THE TRASH CANS HERE IN TIMES SQUARE WERE REMOVED FOR SECURITY MEASURES WHICH HAS LEFT A BIGGER MESS THAN USUAL. CREWS ARE CLEANING UP THE MESS LEFT BEHIND BY AROUND 750 THOUSAND PEOPLE. STACY CASE, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
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[AM-First-Night]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=net K]
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It was a special night on the town for party- goers in Blacksburg last night.
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The Town's third annual First Night celebration seemed to offer something for everyone.
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((DEAN CRANE/PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR: FROM MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE TO BLUES SINGING TO IRISH STEP DANCE TO COMEDIANS TO MAGICIANS TO EVERYTHING. WE WANT TO MAKE IT SO PEOPLE CAN GO TO ONE PLACE FOR ONE FAMILY MEMBER AND ANOTHER PLACE FOR ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER JUST MAKE IT A REAL NIGHT ON THE TOWN.))
[SUPER=01-Dean Crane/Parks and Recreation Director;]
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There was also a big screen T-V set up at the Community Center for Hokie fans to watch the Diamond Walnut Bowl. Parents said they enjoyed the event because it was entertaining for the entire family. The night was made complete with a fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.
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[11Drunk-Driving]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=02-46 TC1:04:33]
[GRAPHIC=New years ]


Every New Year's Eve, a Rocky Mount family observes a grim anniversary with the man who killed their loved one.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]


The family visits Charles Muse's gravesite, bringing flowers to remember the man who left behind six kids and 14 grandkids.
They're joined by the man who killed him in a drunk driving accident on New Year's Eve in 1998.
Aaron Mathis served eight months in jail for D-U-I and involuntary manslaughter -- and was sentenced to visit Muse's grave every December 31st for nine years.
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[SOT 5:06]
[IN Q=It's hard on the]

((DONNA MUSE/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: IT'S HARD ON THE FAMILY, ESPECIALLY THE GRANDKIDS, TO COME AND SEE HIM. HE DON'T HAVE ANY REMORSE FOR WHAT HE DONE. ))
[SUPER=01-Donna Muse/Victim's Daughter;]
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[OUT Q=for what he done.]
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[VO-NAT]


Mathis had no comment yesterday, but his wife said he's been deeply affected and has stopped drinking.
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[Philippine-Blast]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It was a deadly New Year's Eve in the southern Philippines.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Cotabato, Philippines;]


At least 10 people were killed and more than 30 were wounded in a grenade attack at a fireworks stand.
Officials say one of the casualties was a 14- year- old.
A Muslim rebel group denies it was behind a deadly New Year's Eve attack in the southern Philippines.
Authorities are blaming the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front for a series of attacks that have killed 30 people and injured dozens in the last two weeks.
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[11Power-Line]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]

American Electric Power has cleared another hurdle. The U-S Forest Service gave A-E-P final approval to cut through the Jefferson National Forest. A-E-P needed the path to build a 90- mile high voltage power line from West Virginia to Jacksons Ferry in Wythe County. As part of the agreement, forestry officials have instructed A-E-P to use darkened steel for its towers. They've also ordered the power company NOT to clear trees within a five-mile radius of the Indiana bat habitat during the summer. A-E-P is now waiting for a final permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to build across the New River near Jackson's Ferry.

[11National-Guard]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]


More Virginia National Guard troops are being called to active duty.
About 600 soldiers will enter federal service next month, but they won't go far.
Their mission is to protect military installations around Washington DC for an initial period of one year.
Among the 11 units being activated is the Headquarters and Support Company of the 429th Forward Support Battalion, based in Staunton.

[11D-Day-Bankruptcy]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-50 TC28:03]
[GRAPHIC=D-Day Memorial]

Yesterday was the deadline lawyers set to reach a settlement with the creditors of the D-Day Memorial Foundation. But it seems there isn't one.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/November]

They'd hoped to have a plan in place by the end of the year to pay the millions of dollars the Foundation owes the architect who designed the Memorial and the construction company that built it. The lawyers got together with a mediator in early December, and now say they are "close" to a settlement. But Foundation attorney Rich Maxwell said he's not at liberty to discuss the details.
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[11Unemployment]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The percentage of people without jobs in Virginia went down last month.
The unemployment rate fell to 3-point-6 percent, the lowest it's been in about 18 months.
The Virginia Employment Commission says merchants were adding workers for the holiday rush; builders completed projects ahead of winter and school system hiring was at a peak.
Roanoke's jobless rate held steady at 3-point-2 percent.
Every other metro region saw a decline.

(Kim tosses to bump)


[BUMP]

[COMM][Missing-Woman]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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Family and friends of a missing California woman gathered last night for a candlelight vigil.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Modesto, CA;]


27- year- old Laci Peterson has been missing since Christmas Eve.
Those who knew the pregnant woman say she was happy and looking forward to giving birth soon.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm in total disbelief]

(( I'M IN TOTAL DISBELIEF LIKE EVERYONE, THAT'S SHE'S GONE FROM US, BUT I JUST FEEL IN MY HEART THAT SHE'LL COME BACK AND I GUESS WE ALL HAVE TO FEEL THAT WAY.))
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities yesterday acknowledged publicly for the first time that Peterson could be the victim of foul play.
More than 850 tip calls have come into the Modesto Police Department.
Peterson's husband has been questioned by police, but authorities say he is NOT a suspect.
He was reportedly on a fishing trip during the time of Peterson's disappearance.
A 500- thousand- dollar reward has been offered for Peterson's safe return.
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[Survey]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A federal survey says binge drinking is on the rise, especially among 18- to 20-year-olds who are too young to drink legally.
Episodes of having five or more drinks at a time rose 17 percent among all adults between 1993 and 2001.
But it shot up 56 percent among the under-age crowd.
The findings are based on a telephone survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



[11Cat-Ad]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=02-49 TC30:06]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A full page ad in the newspaper may have left some people wondering.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg]

If you knew Grace... AMAZING Grace, the cat, then you knew what it was about. But you might not have known the kitty had just died. It was an ironic end to a life punctuated by unspeakable abuse. She'd been rescued and resuscitated after having been tortured almost to death. Grace died of kidney failure ten days ago.
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[IN Q=I wanted ]

((I WANTED TO PUT A MEMORIAL IN THE NEWSPAPER, SO PEOPLE COULD KNOW THAT SHE PASSED ON AND ALSO WHAT SHE MEANT TO ME AND WHAT SHE DID AND WHAT SHE ACCOMPLISHED FOR OUR STUDENTS AND FOR JUST PEOPLE IN GENERAL.))
[SUPER=01-Lila Wills/Grace's Owner]
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[OUT Q=people in general.]
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[VO-NAT]

Grace had spent her short life visiting schools and nursing homes. Wills paid for the ad herself, though she didn't want to say what it cost.
The Roanoke Times indicates a full-page color ad on a Tuesday this month would be 29-hundred dollars.
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(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]


[2-S-Walnut-Bowl]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Walnut Bowl]


In sports, Virginia Tech is celebrating its 20 to 13 victory over Air Force in the inaugural Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/ESPN-2]

Air Force jumped to a 10-to-nothing lead in the opening eight minutes before Tech took control. Air Force had a chance at the end of the game to catch up, but a drive of over 70 yards in the game's final four minutes ended inside the ten. Ronyell Whitaker hit scrambling quarterback Chance Harridge at the four-yard line and forced a fumble on the game's last play. Lee Suggs rushed for two touchdowns, extending his N-C-A-A record for touchdowns in consecutive games to 27. Quarterback Bryan Randall was 18-of-23 for 177 yards. The Hokies end the season 10-and-4. Air Force is 8-and-5 with losses in five of the last seven games.

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[2-Missing-Woman]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A candlelight vigil was held last night in Modesto, California for a woman who's been missing for over a week.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Modesto, CA;]


27- year- old Laci Peterson has been missing since Christmas Eve.
Those who knew the pregnant woman say she was happy and looking forward to giving birth soon.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm in total disbelief]

(( I'M IN TOTAL DISBELIEF LIKE EVERYONE, THAT'S SHE'S GONE FROM US, BUT I JUST FEEL IN MY HEART THAT SHE'LL COME BACK AND I GUESS WE ALL HAVE TO FEEL THAT WAY.))
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[OUT Q=feel that way.]
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities yesterday acknowledged publicly for the first time that Peterson could be the victim of foul play.
More than 850 tip calls have come into the Modesto Police Department.
Peterson's husband has been questioned by police, but authorities say he is NOT a suspect.
He was reportedly on a fishing trip during the time of Peterson's disappearance.
A 500- thousand- dollar reward has been offered for Peterson's safe return.
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[2-Survey]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


According to a new study, you might have had a few too many last night.
A federal survey says binge drinking is on the rise, especially among 18- to 20-year-olds who are too young to drink legally.
Episodes of having five or more drinks at a time rose 17 percent among ALL adults between 1993 and 2001.
But it shot up 56 percent among the under-age crowd.
The findings are based on a telephone survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.