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UP next on News 7--

The Bush administration announces it's banning a controversial weight loss supplement.
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And, police are investigating a drive-by shooting this morning in Roanoke that left one man dead and another injured.

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A few showers quickly came this morning but now the sunshine has returned. What will the beginning of the new year bring. I'll let you know in your forecast.
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And, "Bear in the Big Blue House-- Live"
We'll have a preview, up next on News 7 at Noon.



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Police in Roanoke are looking for suspects and a motive in an overnight shooting.
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The early morning shooting left one man dead and another wounded.
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Police say 22-year-old Darrin Guerrant was shot and killed in front of his home on Loudon Avenue.
20-year-old Antwan Derek Price was wounded and taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Officials say he was treated and released.
Police say Guerrant and Price had been sitting in a car when two men approached, fired several shots and drove off.
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A 10 year old boy was killed in Halifax County Sunday when the tractor he was driving flipped on him.
State Police say the boy, whose name is not being released, was helping his father pull pine logs on an antique tractor when he asked if he could drive.
One log apparently caught on something, causing the front end of the tractor to come up.
It rolled over and killed the boy instantly.
Officials say the model of the tractor was discontinued in the 1960's, and was not equipped with modern safety features.

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Controversy has followed it for years.
Now the Food and Drug Administration says it will ban the herbal weight- loss treatment, Ephedra.
It's the first time ever that the F-D-A has moved to block sales of a dietary supplement.
Teri Okita reports.
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TRACK: IF TAKEN AS DIRECTED, THE HERBAL SUPPLEMENT, EPHEDRA, PROMISES BIG THINGS: SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT-LOSS AND ENHANCED ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE. BUT ITS ALSO BEEN LINKED TO HEART PROBLEMS, STROKES, AND AT LEAST 100-DEATHS INCLUDING THAT OF 23-YEAR-OLD BALTIMORE ORIOLES PITCHER, STEVE BECHLER EARLIER THIS YEAR.
TRACK: BECAUSE OF THE RISKS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO GET EPHEDRA-BASED PRODUCTS OFF THE MARKET.

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TRACK: BUT EPHEDRA IS BIG BUSINESS. BY SOME ESTIMATES, ITS SALES REACHED ALMOST ONE-AND-A-HALF BILLION DOLLARS LAST YEAR AND THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATIONS BAN COULD LEAD TO A WINDFALL OF LAWSUITS BY NUTRITION SUPPLEMENT MANUFACTURERS.
TRACK: BECAUSE ITS AN HERBAL TREATMENT, THE LAW STATES EPHEDRA DOESNT NEED F-D-A APPROVAL TO BE SOLD. FOR THE BAN TO GO THROUGH, THE AGENCY MUST PROVE THAT EPHEDRA POSES A SIGNIFICANT OR UNREASONABLE HEALTH RISK. IT COULD TAKE YEARS AND LOTS OF LITIGATION BEFORE A BAN EVER GOES INTO EFFECT.

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STANDUP: Suppliers say epheda is safe is used correctly, and scientific studies on its health risks are inconclusive. Other retailers have already, voluntarily, taken the product off their shelves. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington. ))


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Authorities in the Philippines say they've arrested two American brothers on suspicion of having links to terrorism.
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One brother is said to be on a U-S watch list for active links to al-Qaida.
Michael Ray Stubbs and his brother James, a Muslim convert, were displayed for journalists today-- 10 days after their arrest.
An intelligence source says the two had been kept at a secret location since they were arrested.
Immigration officials say the pair faces charges of violating the country's immigration act and are subject to deportation proceedings.
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In America, the heightened Code Orange terror alert level has prompted heightened security as New Year's approaches.
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Now there are new orders for foreign airlines to put armed sky marshals on some flights to and from the U-S.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says that many countries have agreed to go along with the new rules.
He adds that as major cities take a closer look at safety for New Year's celebrations, Americans should go about their normal activities.
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((TOM RIDGE/HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: MANY OF THE PROTECTIONS THAT ARE GOING TO BE TAKEN WILL BE INVISIBLE TO THOSE CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR, BUT THEY NEED TO GO OUT AND CELEBRATE NEW YEARS THE SECURITY PROFESSIONALS ARE DOING A GOOD JOB AND THEY'VE BEEN WORKING HARD SINCE WE WENT TO ORANGE.))
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Ridge says the level of security in the U-S right now is "absolutely un- precedented."
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A close vote in two Bedford County elections and the discovery that some people voted in the wrong precinct have lead to a challenge of the November results.
And last night, the Bedford County Supervisors decided to delay their first meeting in January to give a three judge panel time to sort out the situation.
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Five board members attended the special session.
With the results from the Big Island district in dispute, and judges urging the board to postpone its January 12th meeting, the supervisors unanimously agreed.
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The three judge panel will meet January 14th to decide if the Big Island school board and board of supervisors election results should stand.
The supervisors now plan to hold their organizational meeting January 20th.
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Stay with us, after a short break, Iran's President thanks the U-S for the Earthquake relief, but he says it will not change his opinion of America.
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Also a fire at an Ohio plant is still burning more than 24 hours after it started.
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A magnesium fire at a metals recycling plant in Ohio is still burning-- nearly 24 hours after it started.
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Since water makes the flames worse, the only strategy for fighting the fire is to let it burn out.
It began yesterday afternoon, and has destroyed two of the company's three buildings along with a neighboring heating company.
Some nearby residents spent the night in a fire station, which became an impromptu shelter.
People living within a quarter- mile of the plant were evacuated.
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As U-S aid heads towards victims of the earthquake in his country...the President of Iran says America's help is welcome, but it won't help warm up relations between the two nations.
Lisa Barron has the latest.
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FedEx is doing some business at Kinko's.
In fact, it's buying the place.
The shipping giant is going to buy the chain of copy shops for two-point-four billion dollars in cash.
The 12-hundred Kinko's locations around the world will offer some expanded FedEx shipping options.
The Kinko's stores provide a variety of services including copying, scanning, and shipping.

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Coaches for a high school girls' basketball team have settled a defamation lawsuit against the father of one player.
Roger Koehler (Kay-ler) apologized for repeatedly attacking their abilities and trying to get the coaches fired.
In a telephone interview Rockbridge County High School coach Mike Hamilton told The Associated Press that he was "sorry it got to this point.''
Hamilton and assistants James Clark and Stephanie Tyree each sought 1-point-3 million dollars in damages in a lawsuit they filed this fall against Koehler (Kay-ler).
Hamilton's lawyer would not talk about the settlement or whether the coaches received any money.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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we'll meet some of the friends of the Bear in the Big Blue House as they visit the Valley.
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What is Bear's favorite dance? Or Tutter's favorite food?
If you have small kids, chances are, they know the answers to those questions.
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The show "Bear in the Big Blue House" airs three times a day on the Disney Channel, and won an Emmy this year for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Series.
But the best way to see it is LIVE on stage.
This afternoon, we have a couple of cast members with us,
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along with performance director Kelli Lavine to preview tonight's show at the Salem Civic Center.

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(Now this is a 90- minute Broadway-style show you're performing tonight and tomorrow at the Salem Civic Center, and the

theme is a surprise party for a mouse-- Can you tell us a little bit of what the audience can expect?)

(This show has received so much praise for helping parents and children learn together-- How does your show echo lege

nds like "Sesame Street" or "The Electric Company"?)

(Children seem to respond to the big bear, because he talks directly to them, encouraging them to learn and to solve pr

oblems-- a lot like Mr. Rogers did when I was little..)

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Thanks for joining us.
If you want to check out performance of "Bear in the Big Blue House", you have a few opportunities.
[FULL SCREEN BOARD] "Bear in the Big Blue House Live"
Salem Civic Center
Tonight 7 p.m.
Tomorrow 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 16 points. The NASDAQ has lost one.

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The Virginia Tech's women's basketball team had lady luck on their side as they take the Lady Luck Classic.
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And Matt Schaub leaves behind a record and some big shoes to fill next year.
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The 16th ranked Virginia Tech Lady Hokies went against Wake Forest last night in the Lady Luck Classic championship game.
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There was a warm welcome to Charlene Curtis, the Wake Forest coach and former Fleming star.
Speaking of Fleming, former Colonel Tonia Brown lead the Demon Deacons.
Tech freshman Kirby Copeland passes to Eva Kublina, who gets two of her 15 points for the game.
Kublina was named tournament MVP, while Copeland was named Big East Rookie of the week.
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Back to the game, Wake comes back when Porshe Jones sends the bounce pass to Cotelia Bond-Young, and she scores a layup.
But Tech keeps up the lead and improves to 10 and OH with the 70-59 win.
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In Charlottesville, the UVa women fell to seventh- ranked Minnesota, 73-53, in the Cavalier Classic tournament champ

ionship game.
The Wahoos are now 5 and 5.

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J.J. Redick and the Blue Devils battled Davidson yesterday.
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Redick got his first three pointer from long distance early in the first half.
He had a game high 22 points.
Davidson would pull to within one,
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Deng takes the pass from Chris Duhon and greets the Wildcats with the one- handed slam dunk.
Duke's record is now 9 and 1 with the 88-54 win over Davidson.
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Lee Suggs is no doubt making a bid for the Cleveland Browns' runningback job next season.
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The rookie rushed for 186 yards on 26 carries in just his second NFL start for the Cleveland Browns, who beat Cincinnati 22-14.
So is Suggs the startig back next season?
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With their Continental Tire Bowl championship trophy win in Charlottesville, UVa can start preparing for 2004.
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Obviously the biggest shoes to fill will be Matt Schaub's, who broke UVa's records for career TD passes with 56 yards passing in a career with 7, 502.
One option UVa has is back- up signal caller and receiver Marquis Hagans, who has been Schaub's roommate for the last two years.
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Golfer Annika Sorenstam is The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for 2003.
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She won the L-P-G-A Championship and Women's British Open to complete a career Grand Slam, played two rounds at the Colonial on the P-G-A Tour, and became the 100th person inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
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