12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Eric
SS=None
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VO-NAT


And all the American hostages held in Lima, Peru are free.
We'll have reaction from a local family.
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Talent=Eric


Federal Investigators are on the scene of a cargo plane crash in Giles County.
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TALENT=Kimberly
SS=None


Today's outlook is a far cry from this weekend's chilly weather.
We'll be basking in high temperatures in the 50s.
More on that, plus the Christmas forecast, coming up.
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ANCHOR=Eric
SS=NONE


Stick around, News 7 at noon is next.

Plane-Crash


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-100
GRAPHIC=plane crash


A major break this afternoon for investigators in Giles County.
The recording units have been recovered from the ill-fated cargo plane that crashed outside of Narrows last night.
The Airborne Express A-B-X Air D-C-8 was traveling from North Carolina to Ohio when it went down.
The crash killed all six people on board.
Double Boxes=Eric and Scott/Starlink


Scott Prince has spent the morning near the crash site and he now joins us with an update.
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Double Boxes=Eric and Scott/Starlink




DC-8


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=DAL
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=plane crash


D-C-8's, like the one in yesterday's crash, were used as passenger planes in the late '50's and early '60's. we have a dc8 full screen graphic
Empty, they weigh 83 tons with a wing span of 148 feet.
The plane has four jet engines and can travel up to 600 miles per hour.
The cargo plane usually carries a crew of three.
And has a fuel capacity of 20-thousand gallons.

Explosion


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


At least four people are dead after an explosion in Houston.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Houston, TX


It happened shortly before midnight last night at the Wyman Gordon Forging Company, a defense contractor.
Three workers were taken to the hospital, and six are still missing.
The explosion did NOT cause a fire at the plant.
A hazardous materials team is on the scene.
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Yeltsin


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=yeltsin


Russian President Boris Yeltsin is back at his desk today.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Moscow, Russia;


Yeltsin has not worked full time for six months... he had heart surgery just last month.
He appeared in good spirits as he talked to guards outside his office.
He said he was feeling well and ready for action.
But former Russian national security advisor Alexander Lebed says Yeltsin is too sick to run the country.
Lebed, who was fired by Yeltsin, alleges the President is drinking again.
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Clinton


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=clinton


President Clinton wrapped up his Christmas shopping yesterday, and got an earful from AIDS activists.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


Mr. Clinton broke his normal Sunday morning routine, skipping church services to go shopping at AMTRAK's Union Station shops.
He was mobbed by well wishers as he shopped, and then heckled by two members of the AIDS activists group ACT-UP.
The President did not respond to the hecklers.
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Gas-Prices


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-90
GRAPHIC=gas prices up


Triple-A estimates 39 million Americans will be hitting the highways to celebrate Christmas.
Eighty percent of them will be traveling by car.
As the miles add up, so will the gas bill.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Compared to last December, gasoline prices are up a whopping 17 cents a gallon.
But according to local Triple- A officials, things could be worse.
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((JOYCE BRADFORD/AAA OF VIRGINIA: THE LEAST EXPENSIVE AREA IN THE COUNTRY IS THE SOUTH EAST SO WE'VE GOT A LITTLE BETTER THAN AVERAGE PRICES HERE. ))
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According to Bradford the most expensive place to buy gasoline is on the west coast.
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HARD MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=eric


Coming up later in the newscast,
A local family caught up in the Peruvian hostage situation got an early Christmas present.
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VO-NAT


And,
Santa Claus speaks out about today's children.
But first let's check in with Kimberly
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Talent=Kimberly

Wx-Tease
Well, it may feel a little warm today for Santa-- a strong southerly flow will boost temperatures into the 50s for highs.
You can expect partly sunny skies for the afternoon-- then showers on the way later tonight.
Currently outside the W-D-B-J studios it's... music up full comm1

Peru


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


Reports from Lima, Peru say all seven American hostages are free this morning.
They were in a group of more than 200 freed last night.
But 140 people are still being held by rebels.
Jim Axelrod has the latest.
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Local-Peru


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-97
GRAPHIC=none


That American hostage you saw walking away from the compound is Chris Merschrod (mersh-ROD), the brother-in-law of a Roanoke County woman.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Cecilia Alami's (uh-LAH-mee) says her family received the Christmas present they prayed for last night.
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SOT 11:09:00
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((CECILIA ALAMI/RELATIVE OF HOSTAGE: AS WE WERE SHARING SOME FOOD AND SNACKS, ONE OF MY SONS WAS LISTENING TO THE T-V AND HE CAME AND TOLD US THAT THE HOSTAGES HAD BEEN RELEASED. OF COURSE ALL ACTIVITY CEASED AT THAT POINT, AND WE ALL WERE GLUED TO THE T-V TO SEE IF CHRIS HAD BEEN ONE OF THE ONES RELEASED. AND WE DID GET A PHONE CALL FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT LETTING US KNOW THAT HE WAS INDEED RELEASED.))
SUPER=01-Cecilia Alami/Relative of Hostage;
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ANCHOR=Eric
SS=none


Alami spoke with her brother- in- law and he said the atmosphere inside the building was actually very relaxed, and the hostages were NOT sitting around the whole time with guns to their heads.
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SOFT MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Eric


Later in the newscast,
No one can accuse Lynchburg's fire department of being "yellow" any more.
Their budget is in the black, but their vehicles will now be bright red.
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VO-NAT


And,
If you hate the mall, but still have some last minute shopping to do we'll have a good alternative for you when we return.
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Emergency-Vehicles


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#net (edit of 96-110)
GRAPHIC=none


Lynchburg's emergency vehicles may start to look like they're celebrating Christmas all year.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Week;


For the first time in 20 years, the fire department is seeing red.
Fire Chief Fred Mills announced his department will start repainting its fleet of yellow fire trucks and ambulances, back to the more traditional color red.
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IN Q=The public still

((FRED MILLS/LYNCHBURG FIRE CHIEF: THE PUBLIC STILL IDENTIFIES THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH RED. OUR PEOPLE FEEL BETTER ABOUT THE RED, IT'S A MORALE ISSUE TO SOME EXTENT.))
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VO-NAT


Mills says the fire trucks will be repainted only as needed over the next few years.
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Museum-Stores


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-89
GRAPHIC=christmas shopping


Some local museum shops may offer unique gifts in the last minute holiday shopping rush.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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IN Q=Santa has been hanging out
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00
SUPER=01-Eva Walters/Harrison Museum Curator; :25
SUPER=01-Suzanne Williams/Museum Store Shopper; :58
SUPER=01-Linda Webb/Museum Store Shopper; 1:05
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((Santa has been hanging out at the history museum of the Roanoke Valley, but the museum's gift shop on the city market also has a lot to offer for the holiday season.
A few blocks away, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture sells distinctive handmade crafts from Africa... and this year is offering the new pictorial history of the region's African American heritage.
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IN Q=I'm sure there are some items.

(( I'M SURE THERE ARE SOME ITEMS THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO FIND IN OTHER DEPARTMENT STORES, BUT I THINK IT'S KIND OF FUN TO COME TO A MUSEUM AND FIND SOME SPECIAL THINGS AT A STORE THERE.))
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NAT SOUND OF THE 611
Echoes of the 611 and other steam locomotives are for sale at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, where the National Railway Historical Society features the work of photographer O. Winston Link.
And if stocking stuffers, are the stuff of your last- minute search... don't forget the Science Museum of Western Virginia...
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IN Q=I'm just looking for different things

((SUZANNE WILLIAMS/MUSEUM STORE SHOPPER: I'M JUST LOOKING FOR DIFFERENT THINGS FOR MY SON. HE REALLY LIKES THE SCIENCE MUSEUM. THEY HAVE LOT'S OF STOCKING STUFFERS. HE'S INTO ROCKS AND GEMSTONES.)) 04:54:59 ((LINDA WEBB/MUSEUM STORE SHOPPER: THEY HAVE LOTS OF GREAT, YOU KNOW, SNAKES AND EYEBALLS AND BRAINS AND THINGS THAT BOYS LIKE, I THINK laughter.))
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And the list doesn't stop here. Museums and cultural groups throughout western Virginia have gift shops that supplement their tight budgets, and offer unique alternatives to the usual Christmas fare.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

SHOPPING


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=DAL
TAPE#96-92
GRAPHIC=christmas shopping


With less than two days left until Christmas,
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;

merchants say this holiday sales are mounting.
Store owners say procrastinators have been keeping the stores busy.
And they apparently are not just buying stocking stuffers...they're buying the big ticket items as well.
Many customers say they're looking for last minute deals.
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((BARBARA HOLBROOK/SHOPPER: I ALWAYS DO LAST MINUTE SHOPPING. I LOVE CHRISTMAS AND I GO RIGHT UP TO THE END, THE SALES GET BETTER AND I JUST KEEP SHOPPING.))
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Holbrook says she believes an improved economy is prompting shoppers to buy more.
With Christmas on Wednesday, many stores are open extended hours today, and close early Christmas Eve.
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Common-Sense


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#Common Sense
GRAPHIC=Common Sense


In this week's edition of Common Sense, Len Besthoff takes a look at a mutual fund style that's a hot commodity these days.
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((A popular type of fund these days to invest in is basically a type called an index fund. Now studies show that index funds beat other stock mutual funds 90- percent of the time, but as Dave Cissel with Financial Solutions explains, there are pros and cons.))
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stuff...morningstar computer screen stuff
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((DAVE CISSEL/FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS: AN INDEX FUND TRACKS A STOCK INDEX. FOR INSTANCE THE S&P, AN S&P 500 INDEX FUND, WILL BUY THE 500 STOCKS IN THE S&P INDEX. SO SOME OF THE BENEFITS ARE THAT BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE A MANAGER THAT'S BUYING AND SELLING STOCKS FREQUENTLY, THE EXPENSES ARE LOWER, SO MORE OF THE INVESTMENT RETURNS GO TO THE INVESTOR. ANOTHER ADVANTAGE IS THAT SINCE YOU DON'T HAVE A MANAGER THAT'S BUYING AND SELLING STOCKS, THEY'RE TAX EFFICIENT, SO IN OTHER WORDS THE INVESTOR DOESN'T HAVE TO PAY TAX ON A LOT OF CAPITAL GAINS GENERATED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. SOME DISADVANTAGES ARE THAT AN INDEX FUND, BY ITS NATURE, IS NOT TOO DIVERSIFIED. SO FOR INSTANCE IF YOU BUY AN INDEX FUND THAT TRACKS THE S&P 500 INDEX, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET THINGS LIKE SMALL COMPANY STOCKS OR INTERNATIONAL STOCKS. ))
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((Another thing to remember with index funds is that they guarantee an average return, so if the market is outperforming, your index fund could be way behind. I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back to the newsdesk. ))
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=stocks


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 16 points.
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SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Melanie


Sports is next,
The two- year- old Panthers do the impossible. They've won the N-F-C west in their first year.
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VO-NAT


And,
The Redskins close out their tenure at R-F-K stadium with a bang, and a blowout victory over the Cowboys.
Stay with us.
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Carolina


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#net (edit of FB96-3)
GRAPHIC=Panthers/Steelers


The Carolina Panthers became the fastest expansion team to make the playoffs.
They captured the N-F-C west title by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Charlotte/NBC Sports;


The Panthers led 9 to nothing until the second quarter. Steeler quarterback Mike Tomzak hooks up with Andre Hastings to make it 9 to 7 Panthers.
Then Kordell Stewart drops back to pass but instead he scores on the 80 yard touchdown run and the Steelers led 14 to 9 at the half.
The Panthers used three John Kasay field goals in the second half. This 29 yarder in the fourth quarter gave Carolina an 18 to 14 lead.
SUPER=30-Carolina/18/Pittsburgh/14/; Chad Coda intercepts the Stewart pass

in the end zone and Carolina wins it 18 to 14.
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SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panther Quarterback; :07 (quick)
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Skins


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#net (edit ofRS96-1)
GRAPHIC=Skins/Cowboys


The Washington Redskins said good bye to R-F-K in a big way yesterday. Terry Allen scored three touchdowns as the Skins beat the Cowboys 37 to 10.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Washington DC/FOX Sports;


This Allen two yard run in the third quarter gave the Redskins a 23 to 3 lead.
Then moments later Allen takes the
SUPER=30-Washington/37/Dallas/10/;handoff again from Gus Frerotte and scores

from six yards out and the Redskins rout the Cowboys 37 to 10.
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Hoops


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#BB97-1
GRAPHIC=Tech Hoops


Virginia Tech played its last game before the holiday break. Ace Custis scored 15 but the Hokies lost to West Virginia 76 to 68.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Princeton, NJ/ESPN; :


And the Tigers of Princeton almost pulled off the upset.
Princeton's Goodrich takes it to the hoop for the easy layup and the Tigers trailed by only two.
But North Carolina took it inside. Vince Carter with the alley oop jam in the second half and Carolina led by 10.
The Tar Heels survived a barrage of SUPER=33-UNC/69/Princeton/60/;threes

in the second half to get the 69 to 60 win over Princeton.
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SANTA


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=DAL
TAPE#96-88
GRAPHIC=Christmas


Santa Claus made an early trip to Southwest Virginia--
Denise Allen caught up with the jolly elf who offered some insight on his job.
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(( He's the center of every Christmas party he attends.
Young children gather around to hear the inside scoop on life at the North Pole, including how Santa hurt his thumb.
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IN Q=well now Rudolph

((SANTA CLAUS: WELL NOW RUDOLPH IS MUCH BIGGER, I HAVE A MUCH BIGGER HOOK. SO IT'S BIG ENOUGH SO THAT WHEN I DO THIS MY THUMB CAN FIT IN THERE AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED.))
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When visiting southwest Virginia Santa stays at Lil and Bob Evans' Pembroke home.
He's been talking to children at parties for years--he says today's children ask for more than ever.
At a recent party he received the longest Christmas list ever.
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((THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT THIS IS THAT HE WANTED THINGS FOR HIS LITTLE SISTER AS WELL.))
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And lately he's been packing his sleigh with different items.
Children still ask for dolls and bikes, but Santa says now he's filling orders for more sophisticated things such as computers.
But for gifts that may change the child's life he checks with the parents first.
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IN Q=LIKE IF I

((LIKE IF I BRING A TELEPHONE OR TELEVISION AND THE CHILD KEEPS IT IN THEIR ROOM ALL THE TIME AND THEY'RE TALKING TO THEIR FRIENDS ON THE TELEPHONE OR WATCHING THEIR FAVORITE PROGRAMS THEY FORGET TO COME OUT AND VISIT WITH THE FAMILY.))
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Santa says he tries to provide his young friends with faith and hope just by sitting and listening to them.
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IN Q=that's what i'm

((THAT'S WHAT I'M IN THE BUSINESS OF DOING, TRYING TO PROVIDE WHAT THEY NEED AND WHAT THEY WANT. IF I CAN COMBINE THOSE, THAT REALLY IS A GOOD CHRISTMAS FOR ME DENISE.))
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OUT Q=FOR ME DENISE


And if you're wondering how he provides good Christmases for children all over the world, he says he moves quickly and just follows the sun around the globe.
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((OH I'LL BE BACK. BUT GOOD BYE FOR NOW.))
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