[11Bus-Crash]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

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[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-53 TC-19:22]
[GRAPHIC=Bus Accident]
[ENG#=1]

An accident involving a church bus left one person dead and eight others injured. It happened around 2-thirty yesterday afternoon on Route 57 west of Martinsville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]

State police say 21-year-old Telisa Ann Hunt of Henry crossed the center line into opposing traffic with her Nissan Sentra. The car then hit a Freedom Baptist Church bus travelling in the opposite direction.
The bus then hit the guardrail, rolled over, and went down a 67-foot embankment before coming to rest. Eight people in the bus were injured, including the driver, 57 year old John Wasoski of Bassett.
He is listed in critical condition. Police say he did all he could to avoid the accident. Wasoski and two other victims were flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and five were transported to Martinsville Memorial Hospital.
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[11Crash-React]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-47 TC-1:00:26]
[GRAPHIC=Bus Ax]
[ENG#=2]


Members of Freedom Baptist Church spent the day praying for those injured in the crash. Hundreds attended church last night for a Christmas program. That's where Jennifer Wishon caught up with church leaders.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tim Whiteheart/Senior Pastor; :12]
[SUPER=01-Carl Keith/Associate Pastor; :33]
[SUPER=@jennifer1; 1:05]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=STD]



[Terror-Alert]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Terror Alert Orange]
[ENG#=3]


Federal authorities say the threat of a terrorist attack on US soil is the worst it's been since 9-11.
New intelligence has led the government to raise the terror alert warning to its second highest level-- Code Orange.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD;]


From Baltimore to New York City, to San Francisco-- a stronger security presence will be slowing down the morning commute.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We're working]

((MARY CURRIE/GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE P.I.O.:WE'RE WORKING WITH THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL, THE US COAST GUARD, THE US PARK POLICE, THE GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA RANGERS AND THE F-B-I AND OTHERS. ))
[SUPER=01-Mary Currie/Golden Gate Bridge P. I. O.;]
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[OUT Q=and others.]
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[VO-NAT]


U-S officials say the new warning was triggered by threatening messages picked up in communication intercepts over the last several weeks.
However, there's nothing that indicates where or when something might happen.
Officials say, however, the warning should NOT deter anyone from getting on a plane during the busy holiday travel season.
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[911-Victims]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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Families of 9-11 victims have until midnight tonight to apply for federal compensation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/File Tape;]


The majority of eligible families have signed on.
In exchange for compensation, 9-11 claimants agree NOT to sue the airlines or government agencies.
However, at least 75 families have decided to opt out of the fund, and sue.
Fund offices will work through tonight's deadline, processing last-minute applications.
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[11Church-Carolers]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=03-54 TC 26:34]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=1]


The East Gate Church of the Nazarene gave a holiday present to the community last night.
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[SOT 02:24:44]
[IN Q=GOOD TIDINGS FOR ]

((GOOD TIDINGS FOR CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. MERRY CHRISTMAS!))
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[OUT Q=MERRY CHRISTMAS]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]

More than 300 parishioners showed up for what is their second annual caroling event. They walked several blocks from 20th street through the Tinker Creek Apartments, and back to 24th street to the church. People of all ages took part -- the kids had a hay ride, and seniors rode a bus to each stopping point.
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[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]


In business news, Stocks closed mixed on Friday.
Jean Lee has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Jean Lee/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:29]
[OUT Q=in New York.]

((> Stocks ended a volatile session on Friday with mixed results. > The Dow managed to add to Thursday's big gains, rising 30-points. > But the Nasdaq ended with an loss of 5. > > Volume was heavy on a triple-witching Friday. That's when futures, > options on stocks and as well as stock indexes, ALL expire at the same > time. > > Investors also got spooked by a report, describing a "credible and > imminent" terrorist threat to New York City. > > Next week is expected to be low-key in terms of market news, as traders > and investors celebrate the holidays. Card company American Greetings > and chipmaker Micron ARE expected to report earnings. We'll also get the > latest numbers on jobless claims, personal income, and consumer sentiment. > > McDonald's was one of Friday's losers. The fast-food giant says losses > for its restaurants in Japan, will be HIGHER, than previously thought. > > Rising fuel costs will result in higher air travel prices at American > Airlines. The carrier says it will now charge customers $3 more each way, > on roundtrip flights in the U-S. The roundtrip fee now goes up from 20 to > 26-dollars. It also applies to travel between Canada and the U.S. > And mortgage rates ticked down once again this past week. The national > average on a 30-year fixed-rate loan is now 5.8, while the 15-year drops > to to 5.14 percent. > Track all your stocks at cbs.mw.com. I'm jl cbs mw ny.))>



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[STOCKS] [COMM]


[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]
[ENG#=1]


While many military families hope more troops can come home soon, the Pentagon has only committed to pull 20- thousand soldiers out of Iraq by the spring.
Officials say despite the capture of Saddam Hussein, the U-S will need a major force in Iraq for at least another year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Meanwhile, U-S troops are capitalizing on information obtained from Saddam's capture.
Soldiers have rounded up suspected rebels during house- to- house searches in Saddam's old strongholds.
The sweep has been dubbed operation Santa Claws-- spelled C-L-A-W-S.
At least two civilians were killed during the raids.
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[11County-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=03-44 TC-1:18:15]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]
[ENG#=2]


A Roanoke County man attempted to put out the fire that eventually destroyed his home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

The blaze broke out around ten o-clock yesterday morning on Ballard Street. Officials say it started out as a chimney fire, but quickly spread throughout the home. Investigators say the man who lives alone in the house did not have a phone and tried to put the fire out himself. Someone close by, however, saw the smoke and dialed 9-1-1. Officials say the man was not hurt in the blaze. Estimated damage is 15-thousand dollars.
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[11Science-Donation]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-50 TC-1:03:35]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]
[ENG#=3]


The Kiwanis Foundation has awarded the Danville Science Center with an early holiday gift.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/September;]

The Center recently received 165- thousand dollars from the Foundation. The money will be used to support the butterfly station and help fund new visiting exhibits. It will also go towards creating a phone system between the existing center and a new space in the Southern Railway Administration Building. Director Jeff Liverman says the gift will help provide unique learning opportunities for southside's youth. The Danville Science Center is open seven days a week.
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[VOBChurch-Bells]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=4]


A Vinton church is ringing a new tune.
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[SOT]

((NAT SOUND OF BELLS.))
[RUNS=03]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton;]

Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church recently installed its 24- bell carillon. The church is the only one in the valley with a real carillon. All together the carillon weighs just under one ton, which made installation a challenge. The bells sound five times a day and should serve the church for hundreds of years.
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[Box-Office]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
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[ENG#=1]

"The Lord of the Rings" ruled the box office this weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-''The Lord of the Rings''- Newline;]

The final installment of the trilogy, ``The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'', raked in 73-point-six million dollars in its first weekend. Since its debut on Wednesday, the film has taken in 125-point-one million dollars in ticket sales.

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[Anchor=Kim]

[TAKE FS CHYRON]
[SUPER=77-''The Return of the King''/73.6/''Mona Lisa Smile''/12/''Somthing's Gotta Give''/11.5/''The Last Samurai''/7.

3/''Stuck on You''/5.4;] "Mona Lisa Smile" debuted in second place. "Something's Gotta Give" slipped to third place. "The Last Samurai" was fourth and "Stuck on You" was fifth.

[Super=#555;reset]
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[COMM][11AMVETS-Gift]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-51 TC-30:01]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]
[ENG#=1]


Some local Vets boxed up all the fixings for a holiday feast yesterday morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Members of the AM-VETS of Post 40 started boxing everything from turkey breasts to bananas at six yesterday morning and by 8 o'clock 150 food baskets were ready to make someone's holiday meal. Each basket is filled with about 100- dollars worth of food and will be delivered to needy families across the Roanoke Valley. The group also remembered troops overseas who won't make it home for the holidays.
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[SOT 22:19:20]
[IN Q=We sent over close to]

((BILL ONDELL/AMVETS COMMANDER POST 40: WE SENT OVER CLOSE TO 400 PACKAGES TO THE TROOPS IN IRAQ AND THIS WAS DONE FROM OUR LADIES AUXILIARY. THEY ALSO SENT COUPONS OVERSEAS TO THE PX'S OVER THERE WHERE THEY DON'T GET THEM AND LAST YEAR THEY SENT OVER A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF COUPONS TO THE BASES OVERSEAS.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Ondell/AMVETS Commander Post 40;]
[RUNS=21]
[OUT Q=to the bases overseas]
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[VO-NAT]

The coupons can be used at Military Commissary Stores. All funds for the project were raised by the groups 450 members. Ondell estimates the organization puts 65- thousand dollars back into the community each year. Anyone who's actively serving in the military or has been honorably discharged is welcomed to join.
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[Biz-Brief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=2]


In business news, The Dow gained 30 points on Friday, but the Nasdaq lost some ground. Rachel Lee has more in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rachel Lee/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:20]
[OUT Q=I'm Rachel Lee.]


((STOCKS CLOSED OUT FRIDAY'S SESSION AND THE WEEK IN SIMILAR FASHION--WITH THE DOW MUSTERING GAINS, WHILE THE OTHER INDEXES WERE LITTLE CHANGED.


ON THE DAY, THE DOW GAINED 30 POINTS... AND THE NASDAQ WAS OFF FIVE.


EQUIFAX PLANS TO LAYOFF STAFF AND CLOSE FACILITIES IN ITS E-MAIL MARKETING UNIT.
ANTI-SPAM LEGISLATION PASSED IN CALIFORNIA THREE MONTHS AGO... AND FEDERAL LEGISLATION SIGNED BY PRESIDENT BUSH EARLIER THIS WEEK... HAS PROMPTED THE CREDIT REPORTING AGENCY'S CLIENTS TO CUT BACK ON E-MAIL MARKETING EFFORTS.
EQUIFAX HAS NOT SAID EXACTLY HOW MANY EMPLOYEES WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE CUTS.


IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM COUNTERFEIT DRUGS, PFIZER SAYS IT WILL FORCE ITS WHOLESALERS AND DISTRIBUTORS TO BUY PFIZER DRUGS ONLY FROM PFIZER OR AUTHORIZED RE-SELLERS.
THE PFIZER TACTIC FOLLOWS A SIMILAR MOVE MADE RECENTLY BY JOHNSON AND JOHNSON.


PARMALAT INVESTORS ARE BECOMING FEARFUL THAT THE EUROPEAN FOODMAKER MIGHT GO THE WAY OF ENRON.
THE CONCERN FOLLOWS SUGGESTIONS OF A HOLE IN PARMALAT'S ACCOUNTS OF ALMOST FIVE-BILLION DOLLARS AT ITS CAYMAN ISLANDS-BASED FINANCING CORPORATION.
THE INFORMATION SENT PARMALAT'S BEATEN DOWN SHARE AND BOND PRICES TUMBLING EVEN FURTHER.


WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M RACHEL LEE.))


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[Healthy-Living]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Healthy Living]
[ENG#=4]

Many celebrities have undergone gastric bypass surgery. The results are amazing and it all looks so easy. But doctors worry that all the publicity surrounding the success stories may cloud the diaster stories.
(+++++++++)

[Take FS Healthy Living] In today's Healthy Living segment, Elizabeth Cohen has more about the dangers of thi surgery.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Jones/Patient; :08]
[SUPER=01-Duane Jones/Debbie's Husband; :16]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Cohen/Reporting; 2:37]
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[OUT Q=Elizabeth Cohen, Atlanta. ]

((When Debbie Jones decided to have gastric bypass surgery, the last thing she thought was that it might kill her.
But it almost did.

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I WAS IN ICU FOR 45 DAYS. DURING THOSE 45 DAYS I WAS ON A VENTILATOR FOR 33 DAYS.

SOT


THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I WALKED INTO THAT ROOM AND SHE WAS JUST GASPING FOR BREATH. AND THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I WALKED INTO THE ROOM AND SHE WAS UNDER AN ICE BLANKET BECAUSE HER FEVER HAD GONE TO 104. WHEN I WALKED IN SHE HAD HUGE CHEST TUBES IN HER SIDE.
With gastric bypass surgery - the stomach is stapled to make it smaller so you can't eat as much.
When Debbie's stomach was stapled, the contents of her stomach leaked...so she needed two more surgeries...and then she developed a chest infection, pneumonia, a blood infection, and a heart arrhythmia.
Doctors often tell patients that the death rate from gastric bypass surgery is just 1 out of 500 patients.
But a new study from the University of Washington says more recent data shows actually 1 out of 50 patients will die in the month following surgery from complications.

SOT


WHAT WE WANTED TO DO WAS REALLY GIVE A REALITY CHECK FOR WHAT IS THE REAL RISK.

SOT


I WAS SUPRISED IT WASN'T HIGHER IN MANY WAYS.
as consumer demand for gastric bypass has skyrocketed, more and more inexperienced surgeons are performing it.

SOT


IF THE SURGEON'S LESS EXPERIENCED, THE LIKELIHOOD OF THE PATIENT DYING WITHIN THE FIRST 30 DAYS OF THE SURGERY IS SOMEWHERE ON THE ORDER OF FOUR AND A HALF TIMES THE RISK COMPARED TO A SURGEON WHO IS MORE EXPERIENCED.
Debby Jones says she had the surgery because she feared she would die soon anyways: at 360 pounds she had diabetes, high blood pressure, and had trouble even walking.
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I REMEMBER GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE AND WOULD START IN THE PRODUCE SECTION AND BEFORE I COULD GET TO THE OTHER SIDE, TO FROZEN FOODS, I WAS EXHAUSTED.
Now, at 215 pounds, she can march alongside her daughter in her band...and she's off her diabetes medication and her blood pressure is under control.
So, she says, despite nearly dying, she's glad she had the surgery.

SOT


IT'S THE WORST BECAUSE OF THE COMPLICATIONS THAT I HAD, AND THE FACT THAT MY FAMILY SUFFERED THROUGH THOSE COMPLICATIONS. AND IT'S THE BEST BECAUSE I HAVE MY HEALTH. AND I AM HERE WITH MY FAMILY. I HAVE A TERRIFIC FAMILY AND I ALMOST LOST THEM.
Debbie knows this procedure can be a life saver but that it can also take your life. She simply hopes nobody goes into this surgery with their eyes shut.))


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[PKGChurch-Bells]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=03-41 TC-1:40:00]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=3]


Sounds of the season hang in the air in many places, but a Vinton church is generating a tune that's all its own.
As Jennifer Wishon reports, the sounds at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church ring from half way around the world.
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[IN Q=Nats of bells]
[SUPER=03-Vinton; :00]
[SUPER=01-Earle Goodwin/Thrasher Memorial Music Director; :27]
[SUPER=04-December 2002; :47]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1; :56]
[SUPER=01-Luke William/Music Student; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Michael Boland/Music Student; 1:34]
[RUNS=2:02]
[OUT Q=JW, News 7, Vinton]


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