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OK-BOMBING

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Closing arguments are underway this afternoon at the second Oklahoma City bombing trial.
Defense attorneys focus their cause on doubts they've tried to raise about the case, including the sightings of a man who became known as John Doe Number Two.
They also maintain no one saw Terry Nichols build the bomb or drive to Oklahoma City the day of the deadly blast.
But prosecutors have introduced damaging evidence found at Nichols' home-- to convince jurors the farmer turned gun dealer worked side by side with Timothy McVeigh to carry out the worst act of terrorism on U-S soil.
If convicted, Nichols faces the death penalty.
Dave Fehling is in Denver with more. ****take from NEwspath***
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((AFTER SIX WEEKS OF TESTIMONY, PROSECUTORS CAME TO THE DENVER COURTHOUSE ONE LAST TIME TO TRY TO CONVINCE JURORS THAT EVEN THOUGH TERRY NICHOLS WASN'T THERE THAT MORNING IN APRIL, HE NONETHELESS IS JUST AS GUILTY AS TIM MCVEIGH.
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A DIFFERENT JURY IN AN EARLIER TRIAL SENTENCED MCVEIGH TO DIE FOR BUILDING AND DETONATING THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMB.
IN THIS SECOND TRIAL, TERRY NICHOLS, A FARM HAND HIS LAWYERS TRIED TO PORTRAY AS AN AVERAGE GUY TRYING TO QUOTE "BUILD A LIFE, NOT A BOMB" , COULD FACE THE SAME FATE IF FOUND GUILTY.
IN THE PROSECUTION'S CLOSING ARGUMENT, GOVERNMENT LAWYER BETH WILKINSON SAID THERE WAS AN AVALANCHE OF EVIDENCE THAT PROVES NICHOLS QUOTE "INTENDED TO CAUSE DEATH, DESTRUCTION AND CHAOS" IN OKLAHOMA CITY.
HIS MOTIVE, SHE SAID, WAS A HATRED, SHARED WITH MCVEIGH, OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
IT HAS BEEN THE DEFENSE'S CONTENTION THAT THOUGH NICHOLS REMAINED BUDDIES WITH MCVEIGH SINCE THEIR ARMY DAYS, HE DID NOT HELP BUILD THE FERTILIZER AND FUEL OIL BOMB.

WHILE NOT EXPLAINING WHY NICHOLS---USING AN ALIAS--BOUGHT HUGE

QUANTITIES OF FERTILIZER, , THE DEFENSE DID PRESENT WITNESSES WHO SAID THEY SAW SOMEONE ELSE WITH MCVEIGH AT KEY MOMENTS IN THE DAYS BEFORE THE BOMBING.

(STDUP)S/DAVE FEHLING CBS NEWS DENVER

"JURORS WILL HAVE TO MAKE THEIR DECISION WITHOUT HEARING FROM TERRY NICHOLS WHO NEVER TOOK THE STAND. DELIBERATIONS WILL LIKELY BEGIN TUESDAY. DF CBS NEWS DENVER."))

Iraq


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In Baghdad today, another round of talks between Iraq's deputy prime minister and the U-N chief weapons inspector.
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Today's talks will push for access to dozens of suspected weapons sites.
Iraq has declared some 60 sites off limits, including about 40 presidential palaces.
Richard Butler reported progress after yesterday's talks, which focused on where Iraq stood on ballistic missiles and Warheads.
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SCHOOL-SHOOTING


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Gunfire again erupts at a high school, this time in Arkansas.
Two students were shot outside Stamps High School early this morning.
Police say say they're not sure where the shots came from. And they say the attacker may have targeted the two teens, who were both shot in the hip.
The students are in good condition, and the shooter has NOT been caught.

chopper-crash


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What was supposed to be a lifesaving mission turned deadly last night near Denver.
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Four people died when a medical helicopter, carrying an accident victim to the hospital, crashed while leaving the scene of the traffic accident.
Police say the chopper flew into high- voltage power lines.
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E-Nursing-Home


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Nursing homes in Bedford County are being required to reduce the number of residents to comply with new regulations.
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The regulations require nursing homes to have 80 square feet of space per resident.
Some of the rooms in Bedford County's facility fall just short of that mark.
The home has reduced its number of residents from 56 to 50 this month... and may have to reduce that number by nine more by mid- March.
That could spell financial disaster.
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((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE HAVE A LICENSE FOR A 56- BED FACILITY AND OPERATING IT AT FIFTY BEDS IS JUST NOT A SMART THING TO DO. IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THE CIP PROJECT THEN WE OUGHT TO SEE IF WE CAN SELL THE SIX BED SPACES TO SOMEBODY ELSE.))
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Expansion plans are in the works for the nursing home.
In the meantime, area legislators are pushing the state to grant Bedford County a waiver that would allow it to keep all its residents.
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E-Long-Airdox


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NEWSCAST=noon
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TAPE#=97-77
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Blacksburg was just added to the list of 26 facilities in seven countries where an international mining company can be found.
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Long-Airdox is located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
The company is a leading maker of coal mining equipment.
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((IAN MENZIES/LONG-AIRDOX PRESIDENT: WE EXPECT TO EMPLOY BETWEEN 40 TO 50 PEOPLE. PROBABLY ABOUT 25 OF THESE WILL BE EXISTING EMPLOYEES SO WE WILL BE DOUBLING THROUGH TIME, THROUGH 1998.))
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Officials with Virginia Tech's Corporate Research center say they're equally excited by the move.
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Mexico-SNOW


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For the first time in more than a century snow has fallen in northern Mexico.
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A cold front from the North Pole is bringing freezing temperatures along with the unusual frozen precipitation. At least 20 people have died due to cold or snow related accidents since late Thursday.
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WIPE/WIPE/WIPE

ms-whitestuff


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4:12:19
The white stuff also fell in the deep south.
Up to ten inches of snow covers parts of south-central Mississippi.
Thousands of residents lost power and spent the night at emergency shelters.
Troopers have also been working double-duty, watching over the state's highways.
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Minority-Mentors


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Providing male role models for children is a difficult job for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Roanoke Valley.
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Mason Haynesworth and ten- year- old Jeremy Preston are as close as real brothers.
Mason serves as a mentor for Jeremy and says a neighbor did the same for him when he was a child.
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((MASON HAYNESWORTH/BIG BROTHER; IN GROWING UP THAT WAY, I FELT THAT I COULD ADD SOME IMPACT TO SOME KIDS LIFE OUT THERE. ))
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((JUNE HOUSE/BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS; WE HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME RECRUITING MEN IN GENERAL, BUT MORE SO AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES. SO WE ARE SEEKING AT THIS TIME AFRICAN-AMERICAN ROLE MODELS, POSITIVE PEOPLE WHO ARE WANTING TO BE INVOLVED IN A CHILD'S LIFE. ))
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To make matters worse, there's competition for volunteers from other organizations in need of minority mentors.
So the organization has set up a task force to resolve that problem.
The goal is to increase the number of positive black male role models to about a dozen.
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CLINTON-BOSNIA


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Bill Lann Lee is at the White House today where officials say he'll be named the government's new civil rights chief.
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That would be a defiance by President Clinton of Republican opposition to the appointment.
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Senate Republicans oppose Lee's nomination because of his strong support of affirmative action.
Meantime, President Clinton is making plans to fly to Bosnia next week to visit U-S troops keeping the peace in Tuzla and Sarajevo.
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WIPE WIPE WIPE

CUBA-HOLIDAY


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10:07:30
In Cuba, Fidel Castro has declared Christmas a national holiday in the formerly atheist nation.
The one time event would be in honor of Pope John Paul the Second's visit next month.
The pope's five day visit begins January 21st.
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Carroll-County


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Some Carroll County students are getting a jump start on a career in business.
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Seventh graders at St. Paul school in Cana are involved in a program that teaches kids the value of money plus much more.
The YESS!!/Mini Society program revolves around economics.
Students learn the value of money by creating their own country, flag and currency.
They also took on the responsibility of running the country.
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((PAMELA NESTER/TEACHER:THEY NOW KNOW WHAT A PROFIT IS, OR A LOSS, OR IF THEY'RE BREAKING EVEN OR WHAT SCARCITY IS, EVERYONE OF THEM KNOW WHAT SCARCITY IS. KATHLEEN BARKER/ST. PAUL PRINCIPAL:I JUST THINK IT'S REAL BENEFICIAL, I THINK WE NEED TO LOOK TOWARD NEW AND INNOVATIVE WAYS TO GET CHILDREN INVOLVED IN THEIR EDUCATION.))
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The program is also underway in Wythe and Bedford counties.
The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service wrote the 25-thousand dollar grant which was funded by the Kaufman Foundation.
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E-Feedback-12/14


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A story about a young bear hunter has stirred up some more viewer mail.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has News-7's Feedback.
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((The profile of nine-year-old bear hunter Victoria Falls brought a complaint from a viewer last week.
She didn't like the story, or the values it represented.
A hunter from Ferrum responded:
"It is patently irresponsible and ignorant to lump together a terrible crime, the NRA, and a legal hunt in the same breath.
While no one can deny that a terrible crime has occurred in Paducah, Kentucky, it is simplistic to blame the gun. No gun ever killed anyone unless directed by an act of criminality, madness or stupidity, except when ruled acts of self-defense. A gun is a tool, and no more responsible than a hammer is responsible when you smack your thumb.
The NRA promotes responsible gun ownership by law-abiding citizens. Millions of children have been taught gun safety by the NRA's "Eddie Eagle" program. Thousands of Virginians have received firearms training through the NRA in hunter safety courses, and in order to obtain concealed carry permits...(The writer) is certainly entitled to her opinions against hunting, but no more than those of us who hunt are entitled by law to do so. I can't remember ever hearing of a child who is taught responsible use of a firearm to target shoot or hunt using a deer rifle in a driveby shooting, or to settle a drug debt. On the contrary, learning gun safety instills personal responsibility and negates the entertainment industry's morbid fascination and sensationalization of gun violence.
Our mailing address at News-7 is P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Faxes should be sent to 343-7269.
The email address is news@wdbj7.com.
And you'll find our moderated online forum on our web page, www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))

Bikes-Bust


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W-D-B-J and J-93 are wrapping up their Bikes or Bust campaign today after a long weekend dangling from a crane.
So far they estimate 17-hundred-90 bikes have been collected.
Photographer Tim Wright gives us look at the sights and sounds of this weekend's drive.
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WEATHER
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Common-Sense


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The majority of Americans in the so-called "Generation X" think they'll never again see the money taken from their paychecks, marked Social Security.
Scott Goldberg explains why in this edition of Common Sense.
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(( In about 14-years a rush of Baby Boomers hitting retirement age will force Social Security to run a deficit.
That means the money Social Security spends on benefit checks will be higher than what's collected in taxes.
So far politicians haven't come up with a good way to remedy this problem.
Financial Planner Ray DiPaula says now more than ever, you need to take
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((RAY DIPAULA/UNITED PARCEL SERVICE: THE RISK YOU TAKE IF YOU DON'T PLAN IS, THE OLDER YOU GET, THE MORE MONEY IT'S GOING TO COST YOU TO BUILD YOUR RETIREMENT PLATFORM. THERE WILL BE SOCIAL SECURITY, THERE WILL BE A PENSION FUND OF SOME TYPE IF YOU WORK FOR THE RIGHT COMPANY. BUT IF YOU DON'T SAVE, THE GOVERNMENT'S NOT GOING TO TAKE CARE OF YOU. YOU HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN BEHAVIOR.))
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That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))

Packers


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
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The Green Bay Packers are on a four game winning streak as they rolled over the Carolina Panthers yesterday at Ericsson Stadium.
Brett Favre passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns as the Packers beat Carolina 31 to 10.
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Favre drops back and fires a bullet to Antonio Freeman who takes it in from 58 yards out and the Packers jumped out to the 7 to nothing lead in the first quarter.
Green Bay added another score in the first quarter. Favre hooking up with Robert Brooks on the 25 yard touchdown pass play to make it 14 to nothing Packers.
Carolina's first touchdown came in SUPER=30-Green Bay/31/Carolina/10/;the

fourth quarter. Fred Lane takes the handoff and scores from 35 yards out to make it 24 to 10 but the Packers win it 31 to 10.
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Cowboys


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
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It looks like the Dallas Cowboys will be sitting out the playoffs.
Yesterday, Cincinnati overcame a ten-point, first-quarter deficit to the give the Cowboys their first losing season since 19-90.
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On their second possession, The Cowboys take it to the house when Sherman williams scores from three yards out to make it 10 to nothing Dallas in the first quarter.
But Boomer Esiason (eh-SY'-eh-suhn) sparked a comeback by throwing 269 yards and two touchdowns.
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the day came in the second quarter this bomb to Darnay Scott covering 48 yards to make it 17 to 10 Bengals and Cincinnati wins it 31 to 24.
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((BARRY SWITZER/COWBOYS HEAD COACH: ))
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VMI


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S7-16
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The V-M-I Keydets sent the Penn State Lions back to the den defeated yesterday afternoon on the hardwood.
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V-M-I's Jason Bell takes it to the hoop and scores drawing the foul for two of his game high 28 points.
Penn State comes back as Carl Jackson works down low and he pulls up and hits the short jumper as the Lions held the lead.
But Darrell Faulkner throws the alley oop to Aaron Demory who throws it down as the Keydets kept the game close in the first half.
Moments later Faulkner shoots the SUPER=33-VMI/71/Penn State/68/;rainbow

jumper that hits nothing but the bottom of the net and the Keydets beat Penn State 71 to 68.
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WH-PUPPY


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NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
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The first puppy is getting use to his new home at 16-hundred Pennsylvania Avenue.
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The still unnamed chocolate lab arrived at the White House this weekend.
That means the Secret Service detail now has a new job.
Agents could be seen walking the dog Sunday, while the President dined at a holiday reception.
Back at the White House the President also took the new pup for a stroll. (----------------)