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A mine explosion in West Virginia has left three workers dead and another three injured.
The men were about a thousand feet underground when the blast happened.
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And Roanoke City Council wants to make sure the Star City gets its fair share of state revenue.

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A little snow and bitterly cold weather heads our way. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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((THIS ISN'T THE SEXIEST STORY IN THE WORLD, BUT IT'S ONE OF OUR CITY'S SURVIVAL, AND WE NEED TO GET THAT MESSAGE TO RICHMOND.))
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Roanoke officials say critical services will suffer unless the Virginia General Assembly takes action.
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Officials from Roanoke and other urban centers of the state say a crisis is unfolding... as the state shifts more reponsibilities onto local governments without providing any addtional funding.
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Tomorrow, members of city council will join other local leaders in Richmond.
They expect little help from the legislature this year, but they will urge lawmakers to begin developing a plan that will help urban areas address their difficult financial challenges.
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Carder notes that during the last eight years state aid to localities has increased by one percent.
And this year, he says localities are facing cuts of 600- million dollars in state aid.

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Meanwhile Roanoke's proposed football stadium and ampitheater cleared a big hurdle last night.
Members of City Council and the Planning Commission unanimously approved rezoning for the project.
But the hearing also brought complaints from critics who say the city has not addressed many potential problems.

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The city plans to build the multi-purpose facility on land near the intersection of Orange Avenue and Williamson Road.
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Critics who spoke at the public hearing said they don't want to kill the project, but hope the city will address lingering concerns about traffic, parking, pedestrian access, noise and other issues.
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((ESTELLE MCCADDEN: MISS WYATT SAYS THERE'S BEEN ENOUGH PUBLIC INPUT ON THIS TO CHOKE A HORSE, AND A LARGE HORSE. WELL LET'S MAKE THAT HORSE A LITTLE LONGER, TAKE TIME, TAKE OUR MONEY AND LET'S GET SOMETHING THAT EVERYBODY'S GOING TO BE PROUD OF.))
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Last night's meeting was the second time the two boards have voted on the rezoning. Opponents successfully challenged the first vote in court, and they argue that last night's vote was improper as well.
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Also in last night's meeting, City Council approved a 35 percent increase in water rates.

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There's been a deadly explosion in an underground mine in northern West Virginia.
The blast killed three people, and injured three others.
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The explosion happened around one this morning as the workers were digging an airshaft for the mine.
They were about a thousand feet underground.
All six men were employed by a Pennsylvania drilling company.
No word what caused the blast.
Officials say it could have been caused by a number of factors.
The workers use explosives to break up rock, and they use torches to cut metal.
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A state of emergency is in effect for parts of Mexico following a deadly earthquake last night.
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Mexico's president has ordered the military to search for damage near the quake's epicenter, about 300 miles west of Mexico City.
Authorities say the death toll has climbed to 23.
Most of the victims died when portions of office and residential buildings collapsed.
In other regions, the quake briefly knocked out power and telephone service.
The U-S Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of seven-point-eight.
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Monday is the deadline for weapons inspectors to file their report to the United Nations.
It's a document that COULD seal Iraq's fate.
But President Bush is facing increasing pressure and isolation from countries that want to hold off on a war.
Jennifer Miller has the latest.
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((
"Down down USA" (IRAQI PROTESTS) (UN CARS ROLLING PAST CROWD)
TENSION IS MOUNTING AS THE COUNTDOWN --FOR U-N ARMS INSPECTORS TO ASSES IRAQ'S COOPERATION -- ROLLS INTO ITS FINAL DAYS.
IN IRAQ MORE PROTESTS AGAINST PRESIDENT BUSH (PAUSE) AND U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS.

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THIS MAN SAYS THEY ASKED HIM TO TEAR DOWN ONE OF THE WALLS OF HIS FARM.
AND THOSE WALL MAY COME DOWN ANYWAY. THE U-S AND BRITAIN ARE GETTING READY TO DIG IN FOR WAR...ARGUING THAT SADDAM IS JUST PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK WITH THE WEAPONS INSPECTORS.
TONY BLAIR we would support it in the circumstances I've consistently outlined, where it was clear there was a breach by Saddam and there was an unreasonable blockage of a security council resolution."
BUT AMONG THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL, BRITAIN IS THE ONLY MEMBER FULLY IN THE U-S' CORNER. FRANCE AND GERMANY ARE HOLDING BACK ... SAYING EVERYTHING SHOULD BE DONE TO AVOID CONFLICT AND RUSSIA SAYS THERE IS STILL HOPE OF A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION.
STEPPING INTO THE MIDDLE OF THIS TUG OF WAR IS CHIEF U-N ARMS INSPECTOR HANS BLIX. HE ARRIVED BACK IN THE U-S TUESDAY.
HANS BLIX/ CHIEF U-N WEAPONS INSPECTOR. "My message will be directed to the Security Council and it will be a description of what we are achieving and what the problems we are facing."
SO MONDAY, BLIX WILL GIVE HIS ASSESMENT ...to the UN. OF IRAQ'S COOPERATION. EVEN IF HE DOESN'T DELIVER A SMOKING GUN... THE US SEEMS INCREASING LIKELY TO DELIVER THE FIRST SHOT IN A WAR. A RUSSIAN REPORT SAYS THE U-S AND ITS ALLIES WILL LAUNCH A MONTH-LONG MILITARY STRIKE IN FEBRUARY ... WITH OR WITHOUT THE U-N'S APPROVAL.
STANDUP: AND TODAY, THE WHITE HOUSE LEARNED IT MAY NOT GET THE SUPPORT FROM NATO IT HAD REQUESTED. AFTER A HEATED DEBATE AMONG AMBASSADORS ... NATO POSTPONED A DECISION ON WHETHER TO SUPPORT A U-S LED WAR. ))
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The number of people working in the Commonwealth is declining. We'll have the latest numbers after the break.
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Also, the heir to a large fortune is still a fugitive from the law. But that did not stop a jury from convicting him of rape.
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The number of people working in Virginia fell in November for the 16th month in a row.
The Virginia Employment Commission says total non-farm jobs in the state fell by 73-hundred to 3-point-5 million, compared with the same month the year before.
On the bright side, the V-E-C says that's the smallest monthly decline in more than a year.
Among the state's metropolitan areas, Danville reported the largest decline, down 1-point-7 percent.
Roanoke followed with a 1-point-2 percent decline.
Hampton Roads and northern Virginia posted slight gains.

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Henry County authorities arrested a Martinsville man in connection with an October murder.
Investigators arrested 33-year old Maurice V. Wood and charged him with second degree murder, robbery and firearms violations.
Wood is in the Henry County Jail without bond.
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He's charged with the killing of Charles Antwan Saunders on October 27 of last year.
Saunders was shot in the head inside his Fieldale home.
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An heir to the Max Factor cosemetics fortune could face life behind bars for raping three women.
Andrew Luster is now a fugitive, the target of an international manhunt.
Jennifer Sabih reports.
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It's the 30th anniversary of Roe versus Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
But with a new Congress and the possibility of a change in the make-up of the high court, now is considered a crucial time for those on both sides of the issue.
Stacy Case explains.
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THE RALLIES ARE JUST AS EMOTIONAL AS THE DEBATE.

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we could never give up on the babies and children that are taken away from people
TRACK: THIS INDOOR RALLY ATTRACTED 8 THOUSAND YOUNG PEOPLE IN D-C, ALL OF THEM OUT OF CLASS TO SUPPORT THEIR CAUSE.
STAND UP BRIDGE: STACY CASE/REPORTING 30 years of legalized abortion and anti abortion activists here say this just may be the year they gain ground.
SUPER: TOO QUICK TO SUPER I very definitely believe that's true.
TRACK: A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, A REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESS-- AND
SPECULATION THAT A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE COULD RETIRE--- PRO ABORTION

ACTIVISTS SAY ALL THIS COMBINED, THREATENS A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE. IF JUST ONE JUSTICE RETIRES, PRESIDENT BUSH COULD APPOINT A JUDGE WHO'S AGAINST ABORTION.
SUPER: DICK SHERBERT/ANTI ABORTION abortion is wrong, bad decision by supreme court. it's an invented right made up by the justices at the time and we've got to get rid of it.
NAT: (NARAL RALLY-- singing ) get up stand up, stand up for your rights
TRACK: IN A SHOW OF SOLIDARITY, ALL SIX DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ARE VERY VISIBLE AT ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS-- ABORTION RIGHTS SUPPORTERS SAY THEY'RE DESPERATELY TRYING TO HOLD THEIR TURF.
SUPER: Representative Richard Gephardt (D-MO) the freedom to choose has never been in more peril that it is today 34:21
SUPER: kate Michelman/NARAL President Roe v wade is hanging on with a one vote majority. (4 secs) STAND UP CLOSE; TBA))
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Coming up next on the newscast, a city in North Carolina is about to give Andy Griffith another honor.
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Also we'll see what some cowboys do when they get over the hill.
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TV-Land and the city of Raleigh are honoring Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son Opie.
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[SUPER=03-Mount Airy, NC/October 16;] They are erecting a statue of the characters from the Andy Griffith Show.


The statue will portray Andy and Opie walking to the fishing hole from the show's opening.
It will stand in Pullen Park in west Raleigh.
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[Graphic=None] It's the third statue the network has installed to depict fictional T-V characters. Two years ago, it p

laced Ralph Kramden from ``The Honeymooners'' in a New York bus station.
Last year it put a Mary Richards statue from ``The Mary Tyler Moore Show'' in Minneapolis.

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Cowboys are home on the range, but can they cut it on the ski slopes?
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The Wild West took on new meaning in Colorado yesterday, where dozens of professional cowboys- many for the FIRST time- strapped on skis for the 29th annual Cowboy Downhill.
Organizers say the Downhill has become a highlight of the rodeo season, and one of the most unique ski events in the country.
The event included a dual slalom race, where competitors had to negotiate the course, lasso a person, saddle a horse, and cross the finish line in the fastest time, all while staying in one piece.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 83 points. The NASDAQ has gained three.
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coming up in sports, Tampa Bay and Oakland are getting themselves psyched for Sunday's matchup in San Diego.....
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And a packed house in Blacksburg as Virginia Tech takes on state rival, UVA.
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Virginia and Virginia Tech met on the hardwood in Blacksburg last night as the Hokies tried to snap a six game skid against the Wahoos. Travis Wells has a recap from the Cassell.
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San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium served as the site for Super Bowl 37 media day yesterday.
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The Raiders Jerry Rice and Tim Brown were late to the team picture and had to run in right here to make it.
Speaking of family, the Raider Nation was a hot topic, as a few players were asked to describe black and silver fans.
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Qualcomm stadium was empty except for the players and hundreds of media members, and one man impersonating boxing promoter Don King.
He pushed his luck a little too far with Tampa Bay Coach John Gruden.
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