[Mad-Cow]

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More tests are being done to confirm that a slaughtered cow in Washington State contracted Mad Cow Disease.
The brain-wasting illness can spread to humans, but U-S officials are trying to reassure the public that the food supply is safe.
However, the U-S beef industry could devastated by the news.
Jennifer Donelan reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Mabton, WA;]
[SUPER=01-Ann Veneman/Secretary of Agriculture;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Elsa Morano/Undersecretary of Food Safety;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News;]
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[OUT Q=Donelan, CBS News, Capitol Hill.]

((PKG

(Mabton, WA)

IF INITIAL TESTS ARE CORRECT IT WOULD BE THE FIRST EVER CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE IN THE U-S. TODAY INVESTIGATORS IN WASHINGTON STATE ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE WHERE THE DISEASE CAME FROM AND IF IT SPREAD TO ANY OTHER CATTLE.

(SOT-Ann Veneman/Secretary of Agriculture)

"It's too early to say now whether this will be an isolated case." :04
THE SLAUGHTERED COW CAME FROM A FARM NEAR YAKIMA, WHICH IS NOW UNDER QUARANTINE. PARTS OF THE ANIMAL WERE SHIPPED OUT AND AUTHORITIES ARE TRYING TO TRACK DOWN JUST WHERE THEY WENT.

(nats)

THE ILLNESS EATS HOLES IN THE BRAINS OF CATTLE.... AND A FORM OF THE DISEASE CAN BE PASSED ON TO HUMANS. IT'S KILLED DOZENS OF PEOPLE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS. BUT EXPERTS SAY THE DISEASE CAN ONLY BE PASSED IF INFECTED BRAIN AND SPINAL MATERIAL ARE EATEN.

(SOT-)

"those parts of the animal did not enter the food supply."
WHILE THE FOOD SUPPLY MAY BE SAFE IT LOOKS LIKE THE U-S BEEF INDUSTRY WILL BE HIT HARD. TWO OF THE INDUSTRY'S LARGEST OVERSEAS MARKETS, JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA, HAVE HALTED IMPORTS OF U-S BEEF. THREE OTHER NATIONS HAVE FOLLOWED SUIT AND SEVERAL OTHERS ARE CONTEMPLATING BANS.
STANDUP: (Jennifer Donelan/CBS NEWS/Washington, DC) AT LEAST ONE MEMBER OF CONGRESS EXPECTS HEARINGS TO BE HELD ON THIS ISSUE WHEN LEGISLATORS RETURN IN JANUARY. LAWMAKERS ARE WELL AWARE OF HOW A SINGLE CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE IN CANADA EARLIER THIS YEAR DEVESTATED THAT COUNTRY'S CATTLE INDUSTRY. JENNIFER DONELAN, CBS NEWS, CAPITOL HILL. ))

[Terrorist-Threat]


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The U-S government says recent intelligence information shows terrorists are interested in targetting everything from football games and New Year's celebrations to power plants and dams.
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Officials say they've gathered data about a specific threat against oil facilities in Valdez, Alaska.
And with fears that a plane could once again be used as a weapon, authorities are tightening security on the cargo plane industry.
Surface- to- air missiles have also been deployed in Washington.
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[11Warner-terrorism]


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Rappahannock County and its seven-thousand residents could be a terrorist target.
About the same time the administration raised the alert level this past weekend, the F-B-I sent a warning to County Administrator John McCarthy.
[SUPER=@file;]


According to McCarthy, officials intercepted a phone conversation in which the word Rappahannock popped up.
In response to the increased threat level, Governor Warner put additional state troopers on patrol.
He also says the state is in constant contact with the Department of Homeland Security.
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[SOT 14:56:05]
[IN Q=WE'VE GOT MORE PEOPLE PATROLLING]

((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: WE'VE GOT MORE PEOPLE PATROLLING AIRPORTS, BRIDGES, TUNNELS AS WELL AS THE APPEAL I'M MAKING TO VIRGINIANS, BE ALERT, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING UNUSUAL, REPORT IT.))
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[OUT Q=SOMETHING UNUSUAL, REPORT IT.]
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Despite the threat, Warner says Virginians should go about their daily lives and enjoy the holidays.
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[11Firefighters]


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Manpower shortages are apparently forcing the city of Lynchburg to close one of its eight neighborhood fire stations on Christmas Day.
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The head of the local firefighters union says a combination of vacation time, sick leave and lack of personnel routinely forces the department to take equipment out of service.
Station Two on Grace Street usually has staffing for one engine and a reserve medical unit.
But a sign outside informed residents yesterday the building will be closed on December 25th.
Emergency calls for that neighborhood will have to be handled by other nearby fire stations.
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[11Salvation-Army]


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Bells are ringing, but are you listening?
The Salvation Army says too few people are this holiday season since the kettles are far from full.
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The worst appears to be in the Roanoke Valley.
The Salvation Army's kettle campaign raised 150-thousand dollars last year and this year the organization set a goal of 160-thousand dollars.
But officials now say they will be lucky to reach 100-thousand.
The Salvation Army says the economy, a lack of volunteers, fewer locations, and new rules at area malls have all led to a kettle campaign that is less than perfect.
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((BRYAN DENT/SALVATION ARMY: IF THE PEOPLE FROM THE VALLEY WILL SEE THE NEED AND COME THROUGH FOR US THEN WE GOT A CHANCE OF PULLING IT OFF. HERE IN THE VALLEY WE HAVE OVER 100-THOUSAND PEOPLE A DOLLAR OR 50 CENTS FROM EACH ONE OF THEM WOULD HELP, JUST DROP A QUARTER IN THE KETTLE AS YOU GO BY, THAT WOULD HELP.))
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They also need help in other locations.
The Salvation Army in Henry County says donations are down at least 20-percent despite the fact the need is up due to the recent closing of Pillowtex.
In Lynchburg, the kettle campaign is expected to bring in about 115-thousand dollars, the same amount as last year.


In the New River Valley, the Salvation Army had hope to raise 32-thousand dollars but says it will be lucky to reach the 28-thousand it raised last year.
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[11Pulaski-Jobs]


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In business news, An early Christmas present for the New River Valley. 300-new jobs are coming to the town of Pulaski.

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Yesterday, Governor Mark Warner announced that Global Contract Services will locate a customer contact center in the old Advanced Health Services office building.
G-C-S will begin hiring on December 29 and plans to open the new call center by the end of January.
That's around the same time the Renfro Corporation plans to close the doors to its sock-making factory, putting more than 300 employees out of work.
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[SOT:3:10:50:00 ]
[IN Q=We've had]

((CHARLES STEWART:WE'VE HAD PEOPLE COME AND APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT WE ARE WORKING AS HARD AS WE CAN TO GET JOBS IN HERE AND THIS IS GOING ON THIS ISN'T THE END. WE'LL CONTINUE AFTER THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Stewart/Pulaski Mayor]
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[OUT Q=after this.]
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[VO-NAT]


Anyone interested in the new jobs can call the Virginia Employment Commission office in Radford.
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[11Delta-Dental]


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[SUPER=04-Delta Dental Video]


A Roanoke-based dental insurance company has a new contract that will bring about 30 more jobs to the Star City.

Delta Dental will manage dental benefits for 120-thousand state and local government employees.
The contract is the biggest in the company's 40-year history.
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[Marketwatch]


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In other business news, The closing bell will sound early today.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=in New York.]

((> It's a short work day on wall street. The stock market will close at 1pm > eastern time and reopen Friday for another abbreviated session. > > Yesterday, stocks added to their recent gains... > > the dow notched its sixth straight gain, up 3 points to a fresh 19 month > high. > > the nasdaq rallied nearly 19 points. > > The nation's second-largest wireless-service > provider may have the urge the merge, or at least a desire to go > public. > Cingular Wireless reportedly wants to make an initial public > offering next year.. it's also exploring a merger with or acquisition of > A-T-and-T Wireless or T-Mobile. Cingular is co owned by SBC Communications > and Bellsouth. > > Delta Airlines' is not giving cash bonuses this year to its top > executives. Executive compensation has been a hot button in the troubled > airline industry. Many airlines have turned to employees seeking steep > pay cuts while senior officers maintain hefty pay packages. > > This holiday season has gone to the dogs, and the cats and other pets. > According to the American Pets Products Manufacturers Association 62 > percent of American households own a pet. Forty million Americans will be > shopping not only for the family this holiday season, but also for their > pets. > Americans will reportedly spend a whopping $31 billion this year on their > pampered pets, up 5 percent from last year. > > find out more at our website cbs.mw.com in New York I'm alexis > christoforous.)) > >


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[Malvo]


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Families of sniper victims say they're unhappy with the life sentence for D-C area sniper Lee Malvo.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


After eight and a half hours of deliberations, the Virginia jury decided to spare Malvo's life.
One victim who survived asked why the jury felt Malvo was less guilty than sniper mastermind John Muhammad, who was sentenced to death.
Malvo was convicted of killing Linda Franklin outside a Home Depot and could still face the death penalty.
The 18- year- old faces potential murder trials in at least two more states.
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[11Flu-Peak]


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Health officials are cautiously optimistic that Virginia's flu epidemic may have peaked.
A Virginia Department of Health spokeswoman said that the reporting period is the first in which there was no increase in flu activity.

[11Jail-Death]


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Her brother died in the Roanoke County-Salem jail, now one local woman says she wants justice.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; QUICK!!!]

Peggy Hartman is in the process of forming a lawsuit against the jail, for the wrongful death of her brother, 50-year-old Leslie Gross. Hartman says the jail denied Gross his diabetes medication, which she says caused him to have a stroke, and eventually led to his death.
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[IN Q=innocent or not]

((PEGGY HARTMAN/GROSS' SISTER INNOCENT OR NOT, HE STILL HAD RIGHTS. AND THEY VIOLATED HIS RIGHTS WHEN THEY DIDN'T GIVE HIM NO MEDICAL ATTENTION.))
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Gross' autopsy revealed he actually died of advanced lung cancer. But Hartman's lawyer says if Gross had received the proper medical treatment he was entitled to in jail, he may have lived longer. Because there is a pending lawsuit against the jail, county officials would not comment on this story.
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[11Gift-Cards]


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Barnes and Noble has read into customer complaints.
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[VO-NAT]


Monday night, we told you how some companies charge a non-use fee on their gift cards.
They deduct a set amount each month from the remaining balance of the card if you fail to use it within a certain time limit.
Although the policy's still posted on gift cards and it's website, Barnes and Noble says it's no longer in effect.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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A company spokesperson says because of complaints Barnes and Noble is reimbursing those customers who had money deducted from their cards.

[11Cookies-Warner]


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Governor Mark Warner joined a group of children for some cookie decorating.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The kids are residents of a Richmond shelter for battered women.
The governor, who has three daughters of his own, proved that he was no novice when it comes to garnishing holiday treats.
The decorated snowmen were promptly sampled and declared "melt-in-your-mouth" good.
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[Moscow-Christmas]


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Santa may be preparing for his yearly flight over most of the world's rooftops.
But in Russia, where he's better known as "Father Frost", he has a more un- conventional way of delivering holiday goodies.
Beth Knobel reports.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Moscow, Russia; :00]
[SUPER=01-Betty Walters/British International School; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Beth Knobel/Reporting; 1:25]
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[OUT Q=Knobel, CBS News, Moscow.]




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[COMM] [2-11Pulaski-Jobs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-46 TC1:06:25]
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In business news, the new year will bring new jobs to the town of Pulaski.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski]


Yesterday, Governor Mark Warner announced that Global Contract Services will locate a customer contact center in the old Advanced Health Services office building.
G-C-S will begin hiring on December 29 and plans to open the new call center by the end of January.
That's around the same time the Renfro Corporation plans to close the doors to its sock-making factory, putting more than 300 employees out of work.
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[SOT:3:10:50:00 ]
[IN Q=We've had]

((CHARLES STEWART:WE'VE HAD PEOPLE COME AND APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT WE ARE WORKING AS HARD AS WE CAN TO GET JOBS IN HERE AND THIS IS GOING ON THIS ISN'T THE END. WE'LL CONTINUE AFTER THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Stewart/Pulaski Mayor]
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[OUT Q=after this.]
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[VO-NAT]


Anyone interested in the new jobs can call the Virginia Employment Commission office in Radford.
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[2-11Delta-Dental]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Delta Dental Video]


A Roanoke-based dental insurance company has a new contract that will bring about 30 more jobs to the Star City.

Delta Dental will manage dental benefits for 120-thousand state and local government employees.
The contract is the biggest in the company's 40-year history.
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