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Trigon

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Trigon


Three southwest Virginia hospitals are no longer on Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield's preferred provider plan.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Trigon said the three Columbia- HCA Healthcare hospitals: Lewis-Gale Medical Center in Salem, Montgomery Regional in Blacksburg and Pulaski Community in Pulaski -- were dropped because of a contract dispute.
More than 30 thousand will be affected by the change, which would go into effect the first of the year for most policyholders.
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Murder-Suicide


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=murder investigation


The investigation continues today into an apparent murder suicide in Carroll County.
Yesterday, police were called to a home in the Cana section of the county, following a report of a domestic dispute.
When they arrived they found 51- year- old Frederick Ray Edwards and 35- year- old Mary Ruth Hiatt both dead.
Police say the evidence indicates Edwards shot Hiatt and then turned the gun on himself.
Authorities are awaiting autopsy results.

ok-trial


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=ok bombing trial


In Denver, jurors are back at work deciding the fate of accused Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols.
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VO-NAT


Prosecutors claim Nichols worked hand in hand with Timothy McVeigh in planning the Oklahoma City bombing, while the defense says the case is riddled with doubts.
Like McVeigh, Nichols could face the death penalty if convicted.
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CUBA-RULING


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=legal scales


In Miami, a legal victory for the families of three Americans who were killed by the Cuban military.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;

11:01:23
A judge ordered Cuba to pay nearly 200 million dollars.
The men were in two small private planes searching for rafters fleeing cuba when Cuban MIGs shot them down.
The families sought damages under a new U-S law that allows survivors to sue countries labeled as terrorist states.
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cartoon-seizures


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


In Japan last night, children tuned in to watch the hit T-V show "Pocket Monsters."
But as the cartoon character flashed his sparkling eyes hundreds of young viewers suffered everything from nausea to seizures.
Bruce Dunning has the story.
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IN Q=

10:00-NEWSPATH
SUPER=03-Tokyo;
SUPER=01-Dr. Masakazu Seino/Epilepsy Specialist;
SUPER=01-Bruce Dunning/Reporting;
RUNS=1:40
OUT Q=

(( Japan's most popular kids' show is "Pocket Monsters" -- an animated cartoon featuring cute and cuddly good guys and bad guys battling in a cyber world.
But the intense colors and rapid flashing of these scenes turned out to be dangerous to a viewer's health.
More than 6 hundred 50 youngsters fainted or went into convulsions...or started vomiting while watching last night's episode.
Worried parents rushed their children to emergency rooms all over Japan.
A doctor in Osaka explains that he hospitalized one child after giving her artificial respiration. Her life, he says, is out of danger.
CBS feed of mother with two kids in hospital A mother brought her children to see a doctor -- one of them started vomiting while watching the show.
pix of cartoon show
A group of medical experts who studied the cartoon tape today theorized that certain children are hyper-sensitive to strong, rapidly flashing lights and this brought on the sudden, violent sickness. But the sickness is not expected to cause these kids any future problems.
ID: Dr. Masakazu Seino, Epilepsy Specialist
question: will they suffer any lasting effects?
doctor SOT--No, I don't think so, if they avoid this environmental stimuli."


But already the broadcaster -- TV Tokyo -- is feeling the effects. Police and other government agencies have already started investigations. The PTA is warning parents to be more vigilant in monitoring their kids' TV viewing.
on camera close
Here at the headquarters of TV Tokyo, they're trying to figure out how to prevent this from happening again....and until they do, Pocket Monsters is off the air. bd cbs news tokyo.))


County-Officials


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-78
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County Seal


Some of the people who will lead Roanoke County into the 21st century took
their oath of office this morning. (----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem;


Newly elected and reelected members of the Board of Supervisors and the School board were sworn in by Judges Roy Willet and Diane Strickland.
Among them, Joseph McNamara, who is replacing Lee Eddy in the Windsor Hills District.
He says he'll continue focusing his attention on education.
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SOT
IN Q=

((JOSEPH MCNAMARA/WINDSOR HILLS SUPERVISOR; I THINK IT'S A RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO CHANNEL OUR SCARCE RESOURCES AND OUR TAXES AND INVESTMENTS TOWARDS SCHOOLS WHERE POSSIBLE. MAINTAINING THE OTHER SERVICES WE HAVE IN THE COUNTY.))
SUPER=01-Joseph McNamara/Windsor Hills Supervisor;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=in the county
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VO-NAT


Returning School Board Chairman Michael Stovall says one of the board's first priorities in the new term is picking a site for the new Cave Spring High School.
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Airport-Maintenance


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=SGO
TAPE#97-80
GRAPHIC=roanoke regional airport


If the entire winter goes by without snow, the Roanoke Regional Airport says that's just fine.
But should the skies open up, the airport grounds crew is ready to fight the snow with a renewed vengeance.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The reason?
A brand-new two- and- a- half- million- dollar building to house the snow-removal equipment.
It's located close to major runways for a quick response time.
And it gives snow plows a parking spot that's protected from the elements.
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SOT 10:13:45
IN Q=it's a lot

((FRED WILSON/CREW LEADER: IT'S A LOT EASIER. BEFORE WE WERE OUT THERE AND IT WAS SNOWING AND SO FORTH. WE'D HAVE ICE AND SNOW ON THE EQUIPMENT. THEN IF A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT BREAKS DOWN YOU HAVE TO GO OUT IN THE SNOW AND ICE AND FIX IT. ))
SUPER=01-Fred Wilson/Crew Leader;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=FIX IT
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VO-NAT


The facility even has sleeping quarters--for those long nights when crews are on 24-hour snow patrol.
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GUAM


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


A typhoon that hit Guam brought with it record winds.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Agana, Guam;


A wind gust from Typhoon "Paka" is the strongest ever recorded on Earth, 236 miles- per- hour.
No deaths have been reported, but dozens were injured.
Damage is estimated at 200 million dollars.
The governor of the U-S territory says it's one of the worst storms in Guam's history, and he's asking the White House for a federal disaster declaration.
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CHICKEN-FLU


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


Health officials around the world are concerned about new cases of a flu transmitted by birds.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Hong Kong;


There are three more suspected cases in Hong Kong.
Health officials yesterday said two of the cases were young cousins of a five- year- old who came down with the bird flu.
This reinforces fears that the virus is not only spreading from chickens to people, but from person to person.
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SOT

7:20:12
IN Q=WE FEEL

((DR. MARGARET CHAN: WE FEEL THAT IT IS POSSIBLE THAT BOTH MODES OF TRANSMISSION ARE OCCURRING BUT AS TO THE EXTENT OF EACH THAT NEEDS TO BE STUDIED FURTHER. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Margaret Chan/Hong Kong Health Director;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=BE STUDIED FURTHER
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VO-NAT


Of the six confirmed cases of the chicken flu, two people have died.
Hong Kong health officials are now taking steps to contain the outbreak.
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E-Special-election


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssa
TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


Republicans in Virginia's General Assembly chalked up a win in yesterday's special election.
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VO-NAT


State G-O-P chairman Randy Forbes easily won the race to fill the District 14 seat vacated by Attorney General-Elect Mark Earley.
Unofficial results show a 69 to 31 percent margin separated Forbes from Democratic challenger James J. Wheaton.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Republicans now hold 20 of the Senate's 40 seats.
Republican Lieutenant Governor-elect John Hager will wield the tie-breaking vote, effectively ensuring G-O-P control.

E-Tax-Hearing


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-79
GRAPHIC=State Seal


It's not the five percent workers wanted, but Governor Allen yesterday proposed two and a quarter percent raises for state workers in both 19-98 and 19-99.
It includes a pay-for-performance bonus that only about half the state work force could get.
And, as Ellen Qualls reports, all budget decisions this year must pass the "no car tax" test.
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SOT
IN Q=This makes sense
SUPER=@Allen; :00
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Moss/(D) Norfolk; :16
SUPER=03-Richmond; :30
SUPER=01-Father Gerry Creedon/Virginia Interfaith Council; :38 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Steve Colecchi/Catholic Diocese of Richmond; :42
SUPER=@Ellen1; :52
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(( sot 03:56:32

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THIS MAKES TO YOU. IT MAKES GOOD SENSE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO THINK NORMALLY. MY CONCERN WITH THIS WAS WHETHER THE LEGISLATURE WILL THEN JUST TAKE ALL THAT MONEY AND END UP GIVING IT IN AN ACROSS THE BOARD INCREASE WHICH WILL END UP BEING TWO AND A HALF PERCENT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.))
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sot 11:45:27

((DEL. TOM MOSS/D-NORFOLK: I'M A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED IN THE NUMBERS. AND I'MSURE WE CAN LOOK AT THOSE AGAIN. BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S BEEN SOMANY OTHER PROMISES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE WITH THE CAR TAXING SITUATION THATMONEY IS GOING TO BE VERY TIGHT.))
runs=:14


The car tax cut was the focus of an ongoing legislative tax commission too, with a call for an earned income tax credit for the working poor.
sot 12:38:31

((FATHER GERRY CREEDON/VA. INTERFAITH COUNCIL: WE'RE IN A MOOD TO CUT TAXES, LET'S CUT TAXES FOR ALL.))
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SOT 12:11:37

((STEVE COLECCHI/CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF RICHMOND: MANY POOR FAMILIES DO NOT OWN AUTOMOBILES, OR THEY OWN AUTOMOBILES THAT ARE WORTH SO LITTLE THAT THEY PAY VIRTUALLY NO PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX.))
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sot attach standup here


So it's the dark cloud looming over all the special interest requests in the annual budget beg-a-thon... but it seems clear that everyone at Capitol Square accepts SOME kind of car tax cut will take place under Jim Gilmore's watch.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

E-South-Boston


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-83
GRAPHIC=NONE


South Boston could take Halifax County to court... that is if a land agreement cannot be reached within 30 days.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax/Monday;


South Boston says if it had more land, the town's tax burden would be less.
But Halifax County residents are concerned annexation would mean higher taxes for them.
And they're critical of the town's methods.
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SOT 20:02:36
IN Q=Now that the going

((PAT WINGLER/COUNTY RESIDENT: NOW THAT THE GOING GETS TOUGH, YOU WANT TO GO OUT AND LAND-GRAB. FRIENDS, THAT'S NOT THE ANSWER. YOU NEED TO LEARN TO LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS JUST LIKE THE REST OF US.))
SUPER=01-Pat Wingler/Halifax Co. Resident;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=the rest of us
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VO-NAT


Halifax County leaders say they will give South Boston land only if it will combine certain services like 9-1-1 with the county to save money, but so far the town has not committed to that.
In last night's crowd of roughly 200 only two raised their hands in favor of annexation.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


South Boston was the first city in Virginia to revert to town status -- it only recently won the right to annex county land.
Some fear the General Assembly will take away that privilege and say that's why South Boston is rushing to draw new boundary lines.

LION-SEARCH


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


The lion alert continues in central Florida today.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Kissimmee, FL;

10:12:44
Since Monday a 450 pound female lion has been on the loose.
NALA (NAHL-LA) escaped when workers were repairing her cage at the jungleland zoom, a popular attraction in the heart of the tourist district near Orlando.
She wandered into a nearby wooded area not far from several neighborhoods.
NALA is two and half years old, born in captivity, but far from people friendly.
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SOT
IN Q=

(( KATHY BACON, JUNGLELAND SPOKESPERSON:...WE'RE DEALING WITH A VERY DISTRAUGHT
ANIMAL---015818--IT'S VERY THICK VEGETATION OUT THERE, IT'S EASY FOR AN ANIMAL

TO HIDE."))
SUPER=01-Kathy Bacon/Jungleland Spokesperson;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=ANIMAL TO HIDE.
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VO-NAT


Nala has been declawed, but still has her fangs.
She is wet, cold and hungry, and wildlife officers fear natural instincts will take over and cause her to become more aggressive.
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E-Xmas-Lights


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-89
GRAPHIC=NONE


Two Franklin County homeowners have turned on some extra lights for the holidays and attracting quite a crowd.
David Johnson has more.
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IN Q=HAZEL AND ROY HALE
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Hazel Hale; :20
SUPER=19-David Johnson; :27 (SU)
SUPER=07-Roy Hale; :36
SUPER=01-Lyndia Thornton/Martinsville Resident; 1:00
RUNS=1:28
OUT Q=Franklin County

(( Hazel and Roy Hale estimate they have more than 50-thousand Christmas lights decorating their property.
Hazel's sister and her husband live just around the bend. They have about 63-thousand lights on theirs.
They begin the process in September and the end result brings in spectators from miles around.
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SOT-04:55:51

((HAZEL HALE; WE JUST LOVE DOING IT. WE LIKE SEEING THE PEOPLE AND WE KIND OF LIKE PUTTING IT UP. IT'S A LOT OF HARD WORK BUT WE LIKE DOING IT.))
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STAND UP/05:27:19 ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE HALES SAY THEIR CREATIVE GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY BEGAN IN 1987 WITH THIS NATIVITY SCENE. FROM THERE, IT JUST CONTINUED TO GROW.))
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SOT-04:52:52

((ROY HALE; WE GO EACH YEAR AFTER CHRISTMAS AND BUY WHATEVER WE CAN FIND. THEN WE'LL DISPLAY IT THE NEXT YEAR. THEN, THE SAME THING NEXT YEAR, WE'LL DISPLAY WHAT WE GOT THAT YEAR. ))
RUNS=:10


Roy says they've had at least two-thousand people stop by. He says he knows because he's given out that many lollipops, which is part of the event.
Guests say being here will make you feel like a kid again.
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SOT-05:19:09

((LYNDIA THORNTON/MARTINSVILLE RESIDENT; I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL THAT THEY TAKE THE TIME AND THE TROUBLE AND THE EFFORT BECAUSE THESE THINGS, I HAVEN'T SEEN SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL. IT DOES BRING OUT THE CHILD IN YOU AND I JUST WISH MORE PEOPLE WOULD DO THIS.))
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The lights are on between 5:30 and 10:30 each evening for the whole month of December. Although the Hales spend an extra 150-dollars for their monthly electric bill, they turn away donations, saying it's enough just to see the smile on people's faces.
David Johnson, News 7, Franklin County.)) WEATHER
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E-Goodyear


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-84
GRAPHIC=Goodyear


A seven day work week at Danville's Goodyear plant will be put to another union vote.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Caswell Co., NC/File Tape;


885 union members want to re-consider the offer, while only 532 people did NOT.
Last time the union voted, members did NOT want to work mandatory Sunday shifts for religious reasons-- and because they said they'd lose overtime pay.
Since then Goodyear has laid off people and stopped investing in the Danville plant, which may have changed some minds.
No word yet on when the union will vote on the package again.
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Fleming


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#net (S7-19)
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS


The William Fleming Colonels out-ranked the Patrick Henry Patriots in hoops action last night.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Salem/Fleming vs. P.H.; :00


Colonels took the early lead on Derrick Turner's steal and driving layin. It's 7-2 Colonels. P-H had 19 turnovers.
P-H would try to stay close with the long ball as Mike Peery knocks down the three pointer off of Mike Hill's assist.
The Patriots got within a point thanks to their main man Boo Battle, who banks this one with a soft touch.
But Fleming opens it up with William Hankins throwing down the jam.
The Colonels beat P-H last night 55 to 44.
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Girls


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#GIRL-97
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Salem; :00


Fleming enjoyed a clean sweep last night as the girl's team opened the evening by blowing out P-H.
Alycia Garrison's banker underneath made it 14-to-nothing Fleming in the first quarter.
It was 21-to-zip before P-H's Tara Cofer turned Erika Haley's pass into a deuce with 25 seconds left in the quarter.
But this one was all Lady Colonels.
Shaunaray Walker makes the steal and SUPER=33-William Fleming/67/Patrick

Henry/26; goes solo in transition for the bucket as Fleming wins it 67-to-26..
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Hockey-GM


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (ice-98)
GRAPHIC=Express


Yesterday Roanoke Express fans were shocked to hear that the team's General Manager Pierre Paiement resigned.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1993;


Paiement was unavailable for comment yesterday, but it was said his decision to leave the Express was dicussed with the team president and Board of Directors.
Head coach Frank Anzalone and the rest of the team are trying to stay focused on the ice.
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SOT
IN Q=Pierre announcing

(( ))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach;
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Captain;
RUNS=:20
OUT Q=hard we work.
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VO-NAT


There is speculation of friction between Paiement and other team owners.
It is also rumored that Paiement will take over for the Seawolves, but that has not be confirmed.
Officials say the search for a new Express G-M is underway.
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Bull-Run


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE

***ANCHOR TAG****
Some Boulder, Colorado residents got a chance to see the running of the bulls..or rather bull..without going to Spain.
Phil Lebeau reports on the bull's "mad dash for freedom".
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SUPER=03-Boulder, CO; :00
SUPER=01-Phil Lebeau/Reporting; :43
RUNS=1:10
OUT Q=CBS News



ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


"Spot's" run lasted more than a half-hour and covered more than a dozen blocks.