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ANCHOR=Kimberly
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LOCAL RADAR LOOP SNOWFALL TOTALS MAP

Western-Snow


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tha
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=winter storm


Folks in the New River Valley were out bright and early this morning gearing up for what's in store.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Teresa/Microwave


Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Blacksburg where the snow's been falling for about four hours.
Live=Teresa Full/Microwave
SUPER=@teresa1;
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Melanie, the snow's been falling steadily here since around eight thirty this morning.
And, as you might expect-- there were quite a few last minute shoppers-- trying to brace for Mother Nature.
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SUPER=01-Tim Atkinson/Wades Co-Manager; :00
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SUPER=01-Mary Lipscomb/Floyd Co. Resident; :37
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((TIM ATKINSON/WADES CO-MANAGER;FIRST THING THIS MORNING WHEN WE OPENED UP, I HAD CUSTOMERS AT THE DOOR AND BY SEVEN O'CLOCK WE WERE IN FULL FORCE. ))
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OUT Q=full force.


Bread is perhaps the biggest seller-- leaving the shelves almost as quickly as it's put there.
Milk and eggs are also hot items.
Fortunately, for now, at least at Wades in Blacksburg-- there's enough to go 'round.
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59:48:07
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IN Q=We started

((WE STARED PLANNING AT THE FORECAST ON SATURDAY OF GETTING EXTRA PEOPLE IN-- EXTRA HELP IN-- EXTRA DELIVERIES COMING IN THIS MORNING AND WE'RE ALREADY WORKING ON BACK UP MILK ORDERS, BACK UP BREAD ORDERS, EGG ORDER AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. ))
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Mary Lipscomb was one of the early birds-- making sure she's prepared for the worst.
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1:09:45
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((MARY LIPSCOMB/FLOYD CO. RESIDENT:I LIVE IN FLOYD AND I WAS HOPING TO GET TO TOWN AND BACK HOME BEFORE IT GOT HERE, THIS MORNING, SO I WAS CAUGHT BY SURPRISE, NO I DIDN'T EXPECT IT THIS QUICK AT ALL. ))
RUNS=:12 approx.
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))
Live=Teresa Full/Microwave
SUPER=05-Blacksburg;


That seems to be a fairly common consensus-- folks here still amazed at how quickly it's coming down.
We're here on the edge of Route 460-- just outside Blacksburg.
And, even this road, isn't in the best of shape.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Teresa/Microwave
(Teresa, what can you tell us about the secondary roads?)




Winter-Storm


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-80
GRAPHIC=winter storm


Snow-removal crews, travelers .. and just about everyone else .. are keeping their eyes on the skies today.
Some areas are bracing for as many as 12-inches of snow.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Microwave


News-7's Scott Goldberg has been on snow patrol this morning.
He joins us now from the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Scott, is everything under control out there?
Live=Scott Full/Microwave
SUPER=@Scott1;
SUPER=05-Roanoke;
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(Rollcue: earlier this morning.. )
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V-DOT crews were checking their trucks... making sure all the equipment was ready to go.
Crews are working round-the-clock shifts and keeping an eye on the roads so they're ready to head out once snow accumulates.
At the airport this morning a similar scene.
Crews de-icing runways,
Taking full advantage of a new two-and-a-half million-dollar maintenance facility, where equipment and crews stand on guard, close to major runways.
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Live=Scott Full/Microwave


Joining me now for an update on conditions at the airport is executive director Jackie Shuck.
SUPER=01-Jacqueline Shuck/Airport Executive Director;
SUPER=05-Roanoke;

QUESTIONS:
So far, have there been any problems keeping runways clear?

At what point do airlines start cancelling flights?

How is the new snow maintenance facility working?
Scott tag
Jackie Shuck, thank you.
If you're not flying, but plan on driving and want to know what road conditions are like,
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V-DOT has a hotline you can call.
That number is 1-800-367-Road.
If you're riding Valley Metro buses,
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Valley Metro Pre Pro
and you want to know if a certain route is still running, call Valley Metro directly at 982-0305.
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Microwave


That's the story from the airport, Melanie.
We'll keep you updated through the day.

Snow-Plows


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=SNOW


Virginia highway officials will soon be using satellites to help them clear snow from the roads.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has equipped 80 snowplows in northern Virginia this winter with satellite navigation technology.
The experiment will tell highway supervisors in Fairfax County where the plows are and what they're doing.

Halifax-Shooting


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Shooting


South Boston police say one man is dead after shooting at police officers and setting his apartment on fire.
It happened about 1:30 this morning. Officials say police did not return fire.
The man apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
His identity has not been released yet.
No one else were hurt, but at least three police vehicles were damaged by gunshots.
One apartment was gutted by the fire.

Bedford-Escape


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-78
GRAPHIC=NONE


A man who managed to escape from Bedford County authorities twice this morning is back in custody.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford


Bedford police were attempting to arrest 18- year- old Richard Howard Busby when he ran from his apartment on South Street.
A tracking dog helped locate Busby and take him into custody.. but Busby took off again while he was being booked at the sheriff's department.
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SOT 16;57:13
IN Q=Our tracking dog

((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: OUR TRACKING DOG WAS BROUGHT OUT FOR THE SECOND TIME ON THIS SUBJECT, FROM OUR EARLIER INCIDENT, AND HE TRACKED TO THE RAILROAD TRACKS HERE IN BEDFORD WHERE THE DOG CEASED THE TRACK.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
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VO-NAT


Authorities say Busby was apprehended in his mother's Bedford house at about 10:15.
Busby faces malicious wounding and escape charges.
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BIRD-FLU


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=medical news


In Hong Kong, officials are killing every chicken hoping to halt the spread of the mysterious disease known as the bird flu.
So far, fourteen people have caught the virus, four of them have died.
Randall Pinkston reports.
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10:00:00
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SUPER=01-Chao Loi/Urban Services Dept.; :42
SUPER=01-Randall Pinkston/Reporting;1:10
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(( WITH MILITARY PRECISION, HEALTH OFFICIALS IN HONG KONG THIS MORNING BEGAN AN UNPRECEDENTED OPERATION: KILLING EVERY CHICKEN IN THE TERRITORY... MORE THAN 1.2-MILLION BIRDS . THE DESPERATE MEASURE IS INTENDED TO HALT THE SPREAD OF THE DEADLY H5NI VIRUS, KNOWN AS THE BIRD FLU -AND RESTORE CONSUMER CONFIDENCE.

(Officials with face masks, merchants killing birds)

INSPECTORS AND STAFF WORE PROTECTIVE MASKS AND GLOVES. BUT, INEXPLICABLY, THE CHICKEN VENDORS WHO DISPATCHED THEIR INVENTORY WORE NOTHING. SO FAR, NO MERCHANT HAS CAUGHT THE VIRUS, BUT 12 OTHER PEOPLE HAVE. 4 DIED.

(Ducks and geese in cages)

TO GUARD AGAINST CROSS-INFECTION, DUCKS, GEESE, AND OTHER POULTRY KEPT IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO CHICKENS ARE ALSO BEING DESTROYED.

SOT/Chao Loi, Urban Services Department: By getting rid of the birds, we get

rid of the source so this will be an effective measure.

(Dead birds dumped in land fill)

THE DEAD CARCASSES ARE BEING DUMPED IN A LANDFILL. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY HONG KONG DOESN T HAVE AN INCINERATOR BIG ENOUGH TO BURN ALL 0F THE DEBRIS.

SOT/Chao Loi, Urban Services Dept.



(People with face masks)

BUT CRITICS QUESTION WHETHER ALL OF THESE DESPERATE MEASURES WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM SINCE SCIENTISTS STILL DON'T KNOW THE SOURCE OF THE BIRD FLU VIRUS. WHAT THEY DO KNOW IS THAT UNTIL THIS YEAR, THE MYSTERIOUS FLU WHICH HAD ONLY BEEN FOUND IN CHICKENS LEAPED TO HUMANS, TRIGGERING FEARS OF A WORLDWIDE EPIDEMIC. RANDALL PINKSTON , CBS NEWS, LONDON.))

TURBULENCE


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


A dozen people remain hospitalized in Japan following a nightmare flight over the Pacific Ocean.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-Home Video;


The United Airlines jumbo jet, carrying nearly 400, hit massive air turbulence during a flight from Japan to Hawaii.
The jet fell nearly a thousand feet and those who weren't wearing seat belts hit the ceiling.
One woman was killed and more than 100 injured.
Passengers say the "Fasten Seat Belt" sign was OFF at the time.
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ok-trial


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=nichols


Jurors in the Terry Nichols' trial are listening to emotional testimony today that may help them decide if he lives or dies.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Prosecutors plan to put survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing and relatives of the dead on the stand hoping to convince the jury that Nichols should get the death penalty for his role in the attack.
Last Tuesday, the same jury convicted Nichols of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter.
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((I DON'T THINK TERRY NICHOLS IS GOING TO GET THE DEATH PENALTY, MAY I QUOTE THE GREAT SPEAKER JAMES NICHOLS, IT AIN'T OVER YET, YOU STILL GOT OKLAHOMA CITY. ))
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The government is expected to present some 60 witnesses, to back up its call for the death penalty.
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UNABOMBER


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=WIPE/WIPE/WIPE
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Meantime, in the unabomber case there's word that Ted Kaczynski made an offer to plead guilty.
Today's "New York Times" states the unabomber suspect made the offer in hopes of avoiding the death penalty, but that federal officials turned him down.
The jury has already been seated in Kaczynski's trial which gets underway next week in Sacramento.
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homicide-down


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


Homicides in the nation's two biggest cities are on the decline.
In Los Angeles police reported 577 murders in 19-97, the city's lowest number since 19-77.
And it looks like New York City ends the year with the fewest number of murders since 19-67.
The figure is 756.
In 19-92 that number peaked at 22-hundred.
Police say the sharp drop can be credited to expanded efforts to stop drug trafficking.

E-Orange-Shooting


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=97-88
GRAPHIC=Shooting


A Goodview man was shot while sitting in his car at a Northwest Roanoke intersection last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


It happened at about 8:30 near the intersection of 10th street and Orange Avenue.
Police say 35 year- old Timothy Richardson was stopped at a traffic light, when a man standing by the passenger side of the car started shooting.
Police say at least nine shots were fired.
Richardson was hit in the side and the leg, his condition has not been released.
The suspect is described as a young man wearing black jeans and a black coat, with a neat haircut and dark complexion.
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E-Truck-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=djo
TAPE#=97-79
GRAPHIC=Fire


No one was injured yesterday when a tractor-trailer caught fire in a Salem driveway.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem;


The truck was apparently left running for 30 to 45 minutes when the driver says he heard a tremendous noise.
The vehicle was in flames when firefighters arrived.
The problem was caused by the truck's electrical system.
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((SGT. DOUG MOORE/SALEM FIRE DEPT.; OUR FIRE INVESTIGATOR DETERMINED THAT IT WAS A SHORT CIRCUIT IN THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. ))
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RUNS=:06
OUT Q=ENGINE comparTMENT.
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VO-NAT


The tractor trailer suffered about 40 thousand dollars worth of damage.
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E-Sales-Spending


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=97-86
GRAPHIC=Holiday Shopping


After Christmas sales may cost some shoppers more than they count on.
Save now pay later arrangements may not be the deals they're made out to be.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Saturday;


One financial analyst warns for long term payments you should pay careful attention to interest rates.
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IN Q=A little bell

((TOM NASTA/FINANCIAL PLANNER AND INVESTMENT MGR.: A LITTLE BELL SHOULD GO OFF IN YOUR HEAD WHICH SAYS WHY ARE THEY ASKING ME TO PAY AN INTEREST RATE. HOW CAN I GET FREE MONEY? I'VE NEVER GOTTEN FREE MONEY BEFORE. SO, GENERALLY THE INTEREST RATE IS INCLUDED MANY TIMES INTO THE PURCHASE PRICE.))
SUPER=01-Tom Nasta/Financial Planner
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OUT Q=the purchase price.
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VO-NAT


Nasta says it's a good idea to take time-out from the shopping frenzy to determine what items you really need.
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((TOM NASTA/FINANCIAL PLANNER AND INVESTMENT MGR.: SOME PEOPLE HAVE A THING--WAIT TWO DAYS OR THREE DAYS AND IF YOU DON'T NEED IT DON'T BUY IT. IN OTHER WORDS THERE'S ACTUALLY YOU CAN MAKE A JUDGMENT. IF YOU WANT TO BUY IT AGREE TO WAIT TWO DAYS AND THEN SEE AFTER THE END OF THE TWO DAYS IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BUY IT.))
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VO-NAT


Nasta says you should write down all of your debt in an effort to get control of it and determine early on how you plan to pay off the debt.
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N-W-Toss

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WEATHER
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Common-Sense


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=SGO
TAPE#Common Sense
GRAPHIC=Common Sense


Your wallet, health and on- the- job performance may be linked.
Scott Goldberg explains the connection in this week's Common Sense.
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runs :20 ((The most recent New England Journal of Medicine reports people who have trouble managing their finances are more likely to suffer ill health or depression.
And, the journal says, that can lead to poor on-the-job performance.
That's why a lot of businesses -- and the United States Navy -- are hiring people whose only job is to help employees stay financially healthy.
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TAPE=Common Sense #2
IN Q=the problem

((PETER DARBY/U.S. NAVY: THE PROBLEM IS OFTEN TIMES IT'S NOT GIVEN THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES BECAUSE THE ONLY TIME UPPER MANAGEMENT FINDS OUT ABOUT IT IS WHEN THE SHERIFF SHOWS UP AT THE DOOR. OR THE BANKRUPTCY. OR THE SUICIDE OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT'S BEEN PRECIPITATED. THEY DON'T SEE THE OTHER 2, 3, 400 PEOPLE. THE OTHER 20-30 PERCENT OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT ARE IN THAT SITUATION, THEY ARE LOSING PRODUCTIVE TIME BECAUSE THEY'RE TRYING TO GET THEMSELVES OUT OF IT.))
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Darby recommends all companies follow the Navy's lead and designate one person who can help employees with their personal finances.
That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))

Express


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#net (edit of ICE-98)
GRAPHIC=Express/Hampton


A big three game weekend for the Roanoke Express. Roanoke picked up 5 out of a possible 6 points by beating the Hampton Road Admirals last night at the Roundhouse 3 to 1.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs. Admirals;


The Admirals get on the board in the first minute of the first period.
Ron Majic picks up the loose puck from behind the net and hits it in.
The Express comes right back.. Pete Brearly centers the puck to Kelly Hollingshead who scores the goal to tie the game.
After a Chris Lipsett goal in the second, The Admirals were forced to
SUPER=38-Roanoke/3/Hampton/1/;pull their goalie and Tim Christan gets the

pass and puts home the empty netter and the Express beats the Admirals 3 to 1.
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Lions


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#net (edit of FB97-3)
GRAPHIC=Lions/Bucs


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used ball control in the first half as they beat the Detroit Lions yesterday afternoon 20 to 10.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Tampa, FL/FOX Sports;


After a three point lead in the first quarter, Tampa Bay's Trent Dilfer puts it in the air and hits Horace Copeland on the 9 yard touchdown pass to make it 10 to nothing.
In the third quarter Mike Alstott takes the handoff and scoots up the middle to score from 31 yards out.
Detroit scored its only touchdown SUPER=30-Tampa Bay/20/Detroit/10/;of

the game in the fourth quarter when Tommy Vardell bulls over from the one but Tampa Bay holds on to win it 20 to 10.
The win sends the Buccaneers to Green Bay next Sunday for an N-F-C semi final game against the Packers.
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Duke


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S7-17
GRAPHIC=ACC Logo


Third ranked Duke has lost its leading scorer and rebounder for the rest of the season.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=04-NCAA; :


Duke's coach says freshman Elton Brand broke a bone in his left foot during training this weekend.
Brand has been averaging 16 points and seven rebounds per game for the 10 and 1 Blue Devils.
He's slated for surgery later this week.
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Hoops


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


The finals of the Nationsbank Holiday Hoops tournament have been postponed.
The games were scheduled to take place this afternoon and tonight at the Salem Civic Center. Organizers are hoping to get the games in tomorrow.