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Flooding from a strong winter storm creates problems from end of the country to another--
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And, lowering your cholesterol could be as easy as going to a drug store.
The F- D- A considers making Mevacor available over the counter.
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The storms have exited the region, now we focus on much colder temperatures. A look at the weekend forecast coming up.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.

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Last night's severe weather made it difficult for some people to get around this morning.
Route 43 in Botetourt County was closed for several hours due to high water.
It has since reopened.
High wind was the problem in Danville. Twenty units of an apartment complex lost their roofs.
Let's go over to Brent Watts for more information on what happened last night.

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Mother Nature is showing her dark side all across the nation-- with flooding problems from the Midwest to the Northeast.
Drew Levinson has a severe weather wrap-up.
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THE DEADLY STORM THAT RAVISHED CALIFORNIA HAS NOW ZOOMED ALL THE WAY TO OHIO.
FLOOD WATERS COVER HUGE SECTIONS OF THE STATE WITH THREE RIVERS INCLUDING, THE OHIO, ALREADY ABOVE FLOOD STAGE AND NOT EXPECTED TO CREST UNTIL THIS WEEKEND.
THOUSANDS OF OHIO RESIDENT ARE BEING ADVISED TO EVACUATE.

SOT: BILL HUTH/WILSHIRE HILLS RESIDENT

"WE NEED TO GET OUT BECAUSE IF YOU GET LOCKED IN THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GET OUT IS TO SWIM OR WITH A BOAT."

(NATZ INDIANA FLOODING)

PEOPLE IN INDIANA ARE ALSO FIGHTING FLOOD WATERS AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES THAT CAUSE EVEN MORE PROBLEMS.
JUST ASK THE OWNER OF THIS STRANDED CAR IN ILLINOIS - WHERE TEMPERATURES - ARE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS TODAY.

(STANDUP BRIDGE)

EVERYONE EXPECTS LOUSY WEATHER IN THE WINTER...BUT THINGS HAVE BEEN VERY STRANGE LATELY...OVERNIGHT IT WAS 65 DEGREES HERE IN NEW YORK...BUT THOSE TEMPERATURES WILL DROP BELOW FREEZING BEFORE THE DAY IS OVER.

(NATZ AQUEDUCT)

"AND THEY'RE OFF...
AT AQUEDUCT RACE TRACK IN NEW YORK...THE HORSES WERE OFF, BUT NO ONE COULD SEE THEM THROUGH THE DENSE FOG.

SOT: ANNOUNCER

"IT'S JUST SO THICK THEY CROSSED THE FINISH LINE AND I COULDN'T TELL ONE FROM ANOTHER, WELL IT WAS A HELL OF A RACE."
AND APPARENTLY NO MATTER HOW YOU CALL IT ..IT'S ALREADY ONE HECK OF A WINTER.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS
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The U- S military says six people are dead and eight others injured after a bus in Iraq collided with an American tank.
A military spokesman says the bus swerved in front of the tank as it tried to pass a slower vehicle north of Baghdad.
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Earlier, a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite Muslim Community center-- kiling three people and wounding eight.
The incident occurred a day after gunmen shot and killed a representative of Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric.
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[Mevacor]


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Should the cholesterol- lowering drug, Mevacor, be sold over the counter?
That's the question facing an F-D-A advisory committee today.
Those against it say that selling directly could encourage patients to skip doctor visits.
Doctor Sean Kenniff reports.
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PKG

(nats)(New York, NY)

LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HOWARD TEDOFF (te-doff) TAKES STATIN DRUGS TO KEEP HIS CHOLESTEROL LOW.... AND EVERY FEW MONTHS HE HAS TO COME BACK TO THE DOCTOR TO RENEW HIS PRESCRIPTION.

(SOT-Howard Tedoff)

"you can get three or four refills and then he has to do it.":03
BUT NOW THE DRUG COMPANY MERCK WANTS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR HOWARD, AND ALSO MAKE MORE MONEY, BY SELLING ITS STATIN MEVACOR OVER THE COUNTER. TODAY AN F-D-A ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS CONSIDERING MERCKS REQUEST.... SUPPORTED BY SOME LEADING CARDIOLOGISTS.

(SOT-Antonio Gotto/Dean,Weill-Cornell Medical Center)

"the benefits far outweigh the risks in this case." :03
DOCTOR ANTONIO GOTTO (got-toe), DEAN OF THE WEILL-CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE AND IN THE PAST A PAID CONSULTANT FOR MERCK, SAYS STATINS ARE VASTLY UNDERUSED AND OFFERING THEM TO MORE PEOPLE COULD SAVE LIVES.

(SOT-Dr. Antonio Gotto/Dean, Weill-Cornell Medical College)

"there may be 10 or 15 million people today on statins but it's still recommended that there should be 45 or 46 million people on statins." :10

(STANDUP: Dr.Sean Kenniff/CBS NEWS/Miami, FL)

MANY DRUGS LIKE PAIN RELIEVERS AND HEARTBURN MEDICATIONS HAVE MADE THE MOVE FROM PHARMACY SHELVES TO STORE SHELVES. BUT MANY DOCTORS SAY STATINS ARE DIFFERENT BECAUSE CHOLESTEROL ISNT LIKE A HEADACHE OR COLD... PATIENTS CANT DIAGNOSE THEIR OWN CONDITION.

(nats)

PLUS, CARDIOLOGIST DOCTOR MICHAEL SCHLOSS SAYS STATINS CAN CAUSE DANGEROUS SIDE EFFECTS AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN BY PREGNANT WOMEN.

(SOT- Dr. Michael Schloss/NYU Medical Center)

I think this is a real danger, so, I feel opposed to the process of making these things available without some kind of medical supervision. :08
FIVE YEARS AGO ANOTHER ADVISORY COMMITTEE DENIED A REQUEST TO MAKE STATINS AVAILABLE OVER THE COUNTER. EXPERTS AREN'T SURE WHICH WAY THIS COMMITTEE IS GOING TO VOTE. DOCTOR SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS. ))

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Another person's been charged in the attack on a Bland County deputy. Last month Kermit DeHart was trying to serve a search warrant on 31 year old Teddy Brent Davis when a fight broke out.
Investigators say Davis and his father, 60 year old Teddy Donald Davis broke the deputy's leg. Now, Jane Davis is in jail, charged with being a principal in the second degree malicious wounding. Police say she verbally encouraged her husband and son to harm the officer. Deputy Dehart was released from a Tennessee hospital on Sunday.

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Norfolk Southern Chairman David Goode says the plan to lease part of the East End Shops to a freight- car manufacturer will be good for the railroad and for the Roanoke Valley.
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Illinois- based Freight Car America plans to build aluminim rail cars, and expects to employ 400 workers over the next two and a half years. Goode says N- S is very pleased to be a part of the deal.
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((ITS ONE OF THESE TRANSACTIONS THAT I THINK IS GOING TO BE GOOD FOR EVERYBODY AND IN PARTICULAR ITS GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND IT WILL BE GOOD FOR US AS WE NEED FREIGHT CARS WHICH WE HOPE AND EXPECT THAT WE WILL OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.))
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[OUT Q=and expect that we will over the next few years.]
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This morning, Goode told members of the Roanoke Valley Business Council that continued growth of the transportation business and Norfolk Southern's success will continue to be good news for the Roanoke Valley economy.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a long time state senator has passed away.
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Plus we'll see how a mission seven years in the making is getting ready for its biggest task.
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Virginia's General Assembly members are in a somber mood at the state capitol this afternoon -- after getting news that one of their colleagues died last night. Hampton Roads Senator Hunter Andrews was a former Senate minority leader and chairman of the finance committee. The cause of his death isn't known, but he had NOT been ill at a meeting last week. Andrews was elected 1963 and was its longest-serving member when he was defeated in 1995. But he came back in recent years as an elder statesman, serving on boards and commissions. He was 83 years old.

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Governor Warner says he is disappointed with a report that raises questions about the need for a new university in Southside Virginia. Yesterday, he told community leaders he remains committed to the concept.
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On the day after he delivered his State of the Commonwealth Address, the governor held a community meeting at Patrick Henry Community College. He said the report from the State Council on Higher Education will not be the last word on the new university.
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((DON'T LOSE HEART. THIS IS A PROCESS THIS IS A BATTLE AND THE BATTLE IS GOING TO BE WON. BECAUSE WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES ALL ACROSS VIRGINIA.))
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Warner said he will press lawmakers for an appropriation to keep the project moving.
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It's mission accomplished for a European space probe.
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After a seven year voyage, the Huygens (HEYE'-gens) probe has landed on Saturn's moon, Titan.
It's on a mission to explore Titan's surface, which could hold clues to how life arose on Earth.
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((CLAUDIO SOLLAZZO/HUYGENS MISSION OPERATIONS MANAGER: WE'RE VERY HAPPY THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED A SIGNAL FROM THE PROBE OF COURSE THE NEXT STEP WILL BE TO GET THE REAL DATA. ))
[SUPER=01-Claudio Sollazzo/Huygens Mission Operations Manager;]
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Titan is the only moon in the solar system known to have a significant atmosphere.
Rich in nitrogen and containing about six percent methane, Titan is believed to resemble a very young planet Earth.


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[Spam]


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It's a problem that affects just about everyone with a computer.
You open your e-mail and find your mailbox crammed with unwanted spam.
All too often it's the x-rated variety that no parent wants a child to see.
So what's being done to control junk e-mail?
Jim Axelrod found out.
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((NAT/ that's somebody that I don't know - spam. Lots of spam! All spam!
NARR: HER 8 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER HAS 18 MESSAGES.. ONLY 4 ARE FROM PEOPLE SHE KNOWS. THE REST ARE UNSOLICITED SALES PITCHES - SPAM.

SOT/(cc) today's special offer.. Viagra.. vioxx.. it's a drug company
(ja) so your 8 year old has just gotten an e-mail if she wants to buy

Viagra?? (cc) right
NARR: BUT THAT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT HER 11 YEAR OLD SON GOT.
NAT/ (mc) one type of e-mail that I've gotten is like trying to advertise products for like - quote unquote 'unit enlargers'. (ja) unit enlargers? (mc) that's how they refer to it.
OC/AXE IF YOU WANT TO YELL AT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.. "YOU GOTTA DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS".. WELL.. IT'S TRIED. THE CANSPAM ACT TARGETS SPAMMERS.. PORNOGRAPHIC AND OTHERWISE. BUT IN THE YEAR SINCE IT WAS ENACTED.. THE PERCENTAGE OF MAIL THAT'S SPAM.. HAS GONE FROM 55 TO 85.
NAT/(demo) as it's getting spam in here.. it's analyzing it.. and deciding what to do with it.
NARR: DEWEY COFFMAN IS A SPAM VIGILANTE. FROM HIS GARAGE IN TEXAS.. HE SERACHES OUT SPAMMERS.. AND TIPS PROSECUTORS.

SOT/ chasing roaches is a very accurate way to look at it.


NARR: AND WHILE HIS WORK.. HAS HE LED TEXAS TO FILE CANSPAM CHARGES TODAY.. AGAINST 22 YEAR OLD RYAN PITYLAK.. ONE OF THE MOST WANTED SPAMMERS IN THE WORLD... COFFMAN THINKS THAT LAWS ALONE AREN'T THE ANSWER.

SOT/ if things continue.. email will no longer be a viable form of

communication. Everybody will go back to faxes and phone calls. It's gotten that bad.
NARR: TECHNOLOGY IS A BIG PART OF IT.. SAYS COFFMAN. NEW SPAM DEFENSE PROGRAMS NEED TO BE DEVELOPED. UNTIL THEN.. THE BEST DEFENSE IS MORE MOMS LIKE CHRISTINE CIRKER.. WATCHING WITH AN EAGLE EYE.. WHAT'S MAILED TO HER KIDS. JA CBSN NY))
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Imagine having grandma as your college roomate.
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That's exactly the experience for at lease one student in North Carolina. We'll find out what dorm life is like for a 76 year old freshman right after the break.
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They say you're never too old to learn, and a 76- year-old great- grandmother from North Carolina is hoping to prove that.
After nearly 50 years of marriage, Christine Barrett is now a college freshman.
Sandra Hughes has her story.
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That was Sandra Hughes reporting from Greensboro.
[Weather] [NOON WEATHER] [1/13/04] [TWO SHOT]

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 30 points. The NASDAQ has gained 12.
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Another season of Nextel Cup racing is right around the corner.
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The first round of Preseason Thunder is over down in Daytona. We'll find out who's the quickest coming up in Sports
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The first round of Preseason Thunder is over at the World Center of Speed.
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Rain last night in the Daytona area and another shower yesterday morning completely wiped out early practice. The drivers did get on the track a little in the afternoon for the first drafting practice of the week.
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[vo nat con't] Dale Jarrett had the fastest test time of the three- day period as he topped all 26 drivers in attendance, with a circuit at 186- point 455 miles an hour.
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The preseason thunder continues this weekend, as the Truck Series drivers take over the track.

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New standards for testing major league basball players for steroids and other performance enhancing drugs are being met with mixed results -- with some saying they're not strict enough, while others say they are just right.
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A first positive test will result in a suspension of ten days, a second positive test 30 days, a third positive a 60-day penalty, and a fourth positive test a one-year ban.

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The NFL playoffs resume this weekend with four games involving the league's elite eight teams. Your Hometown Station is the where the AFC plays.
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[go to aprisa 12000] On Saturday at 4:30, the Steelers entertain the New York Jets. Pittsburgh beat New York 17-to-6 a month ago. And history is certainly on the Steelers' side - the Jets have never won in Pittsburgh.

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[GO TO APRISA 12001] There will be more fun on Sunday afternoon at 4:30, as the Colts take on the Patriots. Defending Super Bowl Champion New England has beaten Indianapolis five straight times. Too many turnovers in those games have grounded the Colts high scoring offense in Foxboro.
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