Good morning, I'm Denise Allen.
And I'm Andrew Freiden
It Sunday, January 18. And Welcome to New-7 Sunday Morning. There's lots
of news and sports ahead, but first let's get a peek at the weather.
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Jim Gilmore is in his first full day on the job.
He was sworn in as Virginia's 68-th governor yesterday.
Ellen Quales has more from Richmond
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SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/Political Analyst; 1:09
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Governor Jim Gilmore's arrived.
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((GILMORE: I AM A SON OF VIRGINIA--I WENT TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN HENRICO
SUBURBS; I ATTENDED A GREAT PUBLIC UNIVERSITY OF THIS STATE; AS WELL AS ITS
LAW SCHOOL. I HAVE WORKED IN GROCERY STORES. I'VE BEEN A BANK TELLER, AND
I'VE PRACTICED LAW. I SERVED MY COUNTRY WHEN IT NEEDED ME IN THE U-S ARMY.))
Now Virginians have called him into service as their 68th governor.
And he's heard the calling.
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((GILMORE: TOO MANY CITIZENS FEEL FORGOTTEN AND ISOLATED AS THEY PAY THEIR
INCOME TAXES, SALES TAXES, UTILITY TAXES, MEALS TAXES, GAS TAXES, AND CAR
((I DON'T CARE HOW THEY SPEND THEIR TAX SAVINGS. IT'S NOT GOVERNMENT'S
BUSINESS HOW PRIVATE CITIZENS SPEND THEIR EARNINGS.))
((BOB HOLSWORTH: HE REALLY WANTS TO DELIVER ON THIS CAR TAX REDUCTION PLAN, TO
ELIMINATE THAT. AND HAVE AN ACHIEVEMENT THAT EVEN GOVERNOR ALLEN COULD NOT
Another mark he's his own man -- his first official act: creating a blue
ribbon commission to chart a bold new course for Virginia colleges and
universities -- the kind of support college presidents pined for from George
And an olive branch to state workers-- whom George Allen made feel like an
((THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY MARCH BY MY SIDE AS WE LEAD VIRGINIA INTO THE
((CRANWELL: GENTLE AND GENTILE IS THE WORDS I MAY WANT TO USE THAN THE ONE
FOUR YEARS AGO. HE SAID HE WANTED TO WORK TOGETHER. AND IF THAT'S THE
ATTITUDE AND THE TONE, WE'LL GET SOMETHING DONE.))
((GILMORE: TONIGHT... ALL OF YOU.))
There's word that Trigon Blue Cross / Blue Shield has put three Columbia/HCA
hospitals back on its preferred provider organization lists, at least for some
use file from 597-51 5-Columbia; 97-88 Columbia
On Friday, Delegate Jim Shuler and State Senator Madison Mayre (Marie)
apparently worked out an agreement calling for Trigon to honor its insurance
contract for state employees.
With the settlement, workers are now covered through to October 19-99.
Back in December Trigon announced plans to drop Lewis-Gale, Montgomery
Regional and Pulaski Community Hospital-- from its preferred provider
A spokesperson for Trigon would not confirm Friday's settlement.
Several of Roanoke's prominent African-Americans and others were honored
last night at the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King banquet.
Those recognized included former Senator Granger MacFarlane and some of
Norfolk- Southern's employees.
Officials say every person recognized is familiar with King's dream for
equality and has worked toward that goal.
IN Q=LIKE MY SISTER
((PERNELLER CHUBB-WILSON/SCLC PRESIDENT; LIKE MY SISTER, SHE WAS PICKETING IN
COLLEGE, FOR DISCRIMINATION THAT WAS HAPPENING AT BLUEFIELD AT THE TIME. MS.
COLES WAS THE FIRST BLACK TEACHER WHO WAS WORKING IN BEDFORD COUNTY WHICH WAS
PREDOMINATELY ALL WHITE. EVERYONE HERE KNOWS WHAT THE STRUGGLE HAS BEEN.))
SUPER=01-Perneller Chubb-Wilson/Roanoke SCLC President;
OUT Q=HAS BEEN.
The event was hosted by the Roanoke branch of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference, a civil rights group started by King in 1957.
Law officers used tear gas to control an angry crowd of Klansmen and
anti-klan protestors in Memphis, Tennessee, yesterday.
The Ku Klux Klan was staging the rally to protest Monday's federal holiday
honoring Martin Luther King's birthday.
A group of police and sheriff's deputies kept the 50 or so Klan members away
from the several HUNDRED anti-klan protestors.
Tear gas was released after some of the protestors started pushing against
the police line.
Several arrests were made, but there were no reports of serious injuries.
President Bill Clinton and Paula Jones stood toe to toe yesterday in a
history making meeting.
Jones has accused the President of sexual harassment, a crime she says took
place while he was governor of Arkansas.
The president says he does not remember meeting Jones.
Yesterday Clinton testified, the first U-S president to do so as a defendant
in a lawsuit.
The deposition lasted most of the day.
And the judge in the case has imposed a gag order.
Recent opinion polls suggest that more people now believe the president's
TAPE# morning sports
William Fleming wins in the Crestar Roundball Classic, but Patrick Henry
doesn't fare so well against Liberty.
Roy Stanley has those highlights and more in this morning's sports report.
Good Morning Roy.
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Today marks the first day of Rabies awareness week.
At least 8 cases have already been documented in 1998 and rabies cases in
Southwest Virginia have been increasing over the past seven years.
News 7's Health Check reporter Tonya Flory explains why educating the public
could save the life of man's best friend.
IN Q=In 1997...
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Valley Health Dist.; :12
OUT Q=Health Check
(( In 1997, Virginia's health department reported a total of 641 cases of
rabies, most of them in wild animals.
IN Q=But 31
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER VALLEY HEALTH DISTRICT:BUT 31 OF THEM IN CATS. THE
FIRST YEAR EVER FOR THE MOST CAT DOCUMENTED RABIES IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=of Virginia.
Only two cases were reported for dogs, but animal control officers say any
increase in rabid domestic animals has the potential to infect humans.
The virus -- which attacks the nervous system -- is found only in mammals.
The most common animals to carry the disease are raccoons, foxes and
And while rabies is almost always 100-percent fatal in mammals -- it is
IN Q=A rabies.
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER VALLEY HEALTH DISTRICT:A RABIES VACCINATION, AND
IT'S STATE LAW IN VIRGINIA TO HAVE YOUR CATS AND DOGS BEGIN RABIES VACCINATIONS
BY 4 MONTHS OF AGE AND THEN TO HAVE ANNUAL BOOSTERS. NOW THERE'S ALSO A RABIES
VACCINE FOR FERRETS AND FOR CERTAIN LIVESTOCK.))
OUT Q= certain livestock.
Although rabies in humans is rare--each year more than 22-thousand people
become exposed to the disease when saliva or brain tissue of a rabid animal
comes in contact with a persons eyes, mouth or a wound.
IN Q=If you are
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER VALLEY HEALTH DISTRICT:IF YOU ARE BIT BY AN
ANIMALS, THE FIRST THING YOU NEED TO DO IS GO WAS THE WOUND WITH WARM SOAP AND
WATER, THAT WILL HELP PREVENT AN INFECTION. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY THEN CALL
YOUR PHYSICIAN AND FOLLOW DOCTORS ORDERS REGARDING THAT WOUND, SOME MAY NEED
TREATMENT AND ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT.))
Also report the bite to the health department or animal control so the animal
can be quarantined and treated properly.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
Jim Gilmore is beginning his first full day as Virginia's 68-th governor.
In his inauguration speech yesterday Gilmore DID mention the car tax.
But he focused his first official act on improving Virginia's colleges and
President Clinton met his accuser face to face yesterday.
Paula Jones was in Washington to hear the President's deposition in the
sexual harassment case she filed against him.
Clinton is the first U-S president to testify as a defendant in a lawsuit.
The judge has imposed a gag order.
And a Ku Klux Klan rally turned violent yesterday in Memphis.
About 50 Klan members were protesting the Martin Luther King Junior federal
holiday on Monday.
Police had to use tear gas to restrain several hundred anti-klan protesters.
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And that's what's making news on this Sunday January 18th.
We'll be right back.
Inauguration Day is generally thought of as pomp and circumstance.
But over the past 40- years, Virginia inaugurals have made headlines,
history, and controversy.
Here's David Seidel with this week's edition of Virginia Newsreel.
SUPER=01-Gov. J. Lindsay Almond/1958; :27
SUPER=01-Gov. Doug Wilder/1990; :40
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09:27 newreel special
IN Q=the agonizing study
OUT Q=destruction everywhere
Those were the words of J. Lindsay Almond on inauguration day, 1958.
9:51 newsreel special
A year before, federal troops marched into Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce
court-ordered school desegregation.
9:48 newsreel special
The former Roanoke judge used his inaugural speech to tell the federal
government that Virginia's schools would not operate at the point of a bayonet.
Almond's words formed the basis of Massive Resistance -- and would lead many
Virginia schools to close, rather than integrate.
32-years later, the tone of Inauguration Day was quite different.
IN Q=I, Lawrence Douglas Wilder
OUT Q=solemnly swear (wilder)
Doug Wilder was sworn in as Virginia's 35-th governor and the first elected
African American governor of any state in the Union.
IN Q=that pride does burst
OUT Q=son of Virginia
That same day saw another barrier broken as Mary Sue Terry became the first
woman to hold statewide elected office.
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More ground was broken yesterday as, for the first time in Virginia history,
a Republican took the oath for each of the state's top three offices.
That's Virginia Newsreel, I'm David Seidel, News-7.))
TAPE# Sports plays
In Sports fourth ranked Utah had no problem beating the University of
The Utes whacked Wyoming to up their record to 15 and oh.
And they did it passes like this one to Alex Jenson for the score.
Utah easily worked it inside and walked away with a 17 point win.
In the N-B-A the Lakers turn off the Heat--Shaquille O'Neil with the
exclamation point and 24 on the night.
Anthony Hardaway scored 15 but the Heat take it on the chin. L-A 108
And if the N-H-L all-star break has you hankering for some hockey, don't
despair. Pro-hockey's best take the SUPER=03-Vancouver, BC;
ice at four this afternoon for the all-star game.
The North American All Stars will take on the World Team.
That's a new format, sort of a warm up for next month's Winter Olympics.
But before the big event the great ones had some fun in a skills competition
The World Team won that one 13 to 12.
The browser war prompts Netscape to send out some pink slips.
And, if you liked the movie "Titanic" and can't get enough--catch the latest
waves on the Internet.
Here's Eric Earnhart with this week's edition of WebWatch.
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SUPER=04-"Titanic"-Paramount Pictures; 1:03
It's loosing millions of dollars and hundreds of workers...
Netscape is projecting an 80 million dollar quarterly loss, blaming pressure
from Microsoft and lagging sales.
400 layoffs are planned, about 13 percent of it's workforce.
Meanwhile, closing arguments in Justice Department's anti-trust suit against
Microsoft are scheduled for Thursday.
Learn more about money and politics in your area by visiting the Federal
Election Commission site.
It now has on-line access to financial reports from candidates, and
You can learn a lot with a quick search, for example, did you know Virginia
dentists have their own political action committee?
An Indiana school keeps parents involved in education through it's web page.
At the Evansville Day School site parents can check on the curriculum and
class materials... browse sports statistics, and check out their grades...
It's one of the first schools in the country with on-line report cards...
school officials say it's well-protected by password system
If you fell head over heals for the movie "Titanic"... You'll love the real
story... chronicled by the Encyclopedia Britannica in a special on-line exhibit
of photographs, illustrations and press clippings.
To join the voyage, head for the WebWatch page on the WDBJ Website, at
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Post Office Box 7
Roanoke, VA 24022-0007
Good morning, I'm Denise Allen.
And I'm Andrew Freiden
It's (time) on Sunday, January 18. Welcome back to News-7 Sunday morning.
Iraqi exiles are denying involvement in the slaying of an Iraqi diplomat and
seven others last night in Jordan.
The attack happened shortly after sunset in the capital city of Amman.
A Jordanian medical examiner said the six Iraqi's and two Egyptians were
But conflicting stories report they were shot.
Iraqi authorities have identified the diplomat as the number-two official at
the embassy. His wife was also among the victims.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a bus crash that
injured 48 people in San Diego, California, yesterday.
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Authorities say the driver of the bus failed to negotiate a sharp turn.
The bus then collided with a car, and rammed a tree.
The accident happened around five on the San Diego Freeway.
The injuries ranged from bloody noses to broken bones.
No one was critically injured, but 32 people were hospitalized.
The first women to sign the cadet register has left the Virginia Military
The Washington Post reported that Beth Hogan of Oregon returned to the
school Tuesday after the Christmas holidays then told officials Friday she was
Hogan was the first woman in the school's 158-year history to sign VMI's
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One Roanoke city council member wants to bridge the gap between
neighborhoods and city government.
Nelson Harris thinks council and communities would benefit by taking a walk
through city neighborhoods.
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((REV. NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCILMAN; ESSENTIALLY, WHAT I AM PROPOSING
IS THAT COUNCIL AND TOP CITY ADMINISTRATORS TOUR NEIGHBORHOODS. TALK WITH
CITIZENS IN THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS. SEE FIRST HAND SOME OF THE PROBLEM AREAS OR
CONCERNS THAT THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS ARE FACING, AS WELL AS SEE SOME OF THE GOOD
THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Councilman;
OUT Q=THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS.
If council agrees to the concept, Harris says he will lead the way in
forming the neighborhood partnership.
The councilman wants to follow the foot steps of a similar successful
program developed in Petersburg.
IN Q=IT WAS A
((HARRIS; IT WAS A SUBSTANTIVE WAY FOR THEM TO ADDRESS SOME NEIGHBORHOOD
CONCERNS AND ISSUES BEFORE THEY REALLY BECAME PROBLEMS.))
OUT Q=BECAME PROBLEMS.
He will make his recommendation to council on Tuesday.
Tonight on 60- Minutes -- The deadly trade in fake drugs.
Mike Wallace has the story of people around the world who are dying and
getting sicker from fake drugs.
IN Q=you write about
OUT Q=counterfeit medicine merchants
That story and more tonight on 60- minutes.
You can catch it at 7 'clock on your hometown station.
TAPE# morning sports
The Tar Heels get another basketball victory.
And Darrell Waltrip talks sponsors with Mike Stevens.
Those are some of the stories Roy Stanley has for us in sports.
Good Morning again Roy.
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The subject of this weekend's Virginia Profile has held the same job for
half a century.
Since 1948 Lois Bettis Johnson has run the Roanoke Rescue Mission, a
Christian Crisis Intervention center that serves street people and addicts.
Kelly Zuber reports that her work and her life have been dedicated to
helping those who have lost hope.
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SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester Johnson/Roanoke Rescue Mission;1:25
OUT Q=Kelly Zuber, News 7.
(( Young Lois Bettis Johnson grew up in a mission family in Chicago and
vowed to get out of mission work as soon as possible.
But that was not to be.
IN Q=I said I'm never going to do
((LOIS BETTIS JOHNSON/ROANOKE RESCUE MISSION: I SAID I'M NEVER GOING TO DO
THIS, YOU KNOW. I GREW UP IN THE MISSION WITH MY FAMILY, MY DAD. NO, THIS IS
NOT FOR ME. THERE'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE GLAMOROUS THAN THIS, YOU
KNOW. BUT THEN, I MEAN IT JUST WORKED OUT. IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU CHOOSE TO
DO, I DON'T THINK. I THINK IT REALLY IS A CALLING.))
OUT Q=it really is a calling.
She surprised her parents by marrying, Gus Johnson an alcoholic turned
missionary with a questionable past who was 30 years older than Lois.
In 1948 the young couple heard that Roanoke, Virginia needed a mission.
So with little more than faith they came to the star city to set up shop on
IN Q=The first night that we
((LOIS JOHNSON BETTIS: THE FIRST NIGHT THAT WE WERE THERE, I MEAN THE POLICE
COME TO RAID THE PLACE, YOU KNOW, WHICH WAS UNUSUAL FOR ME. I WASN'T EXPECTING
THAT. WHEN I WENT TO THE DOOR THE MAN ASKED ME IF I WAS THE NEW "MADAM". THE
OFFICER SAID ARE YOU THE NEW MADAM? I SAID NO, I'M THE NEW MISSIONARY. HE
SAID OH, SO THAT'S WHAT YOU CALL YOURSELVES THESE DAYS. I APPARENTLY DIDN'T
MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION ON HIM AND HE DIDN'T MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION ON ME.))
OUT Q=good one on me either.
The task ahead seemed insurmountable but slowly Gus and Lois nurtured the
Rescue Mission until it became one of our areas largest Christian-based social
The Johnson family was also growing in those early years.
IN Q=I arrived two years later
((JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON/ROANOKE RESCUE MISSION: I ARRIVED TWO YEARS LATER AND
LITERALLY GREW UP IN THE MISSION, HAD MY CRIB BEHIND THE PIANO IN THE LITTLE
STOREFRONT CHAPEL ON SALEM AVENUE AND SPENT MY WHOLE CHILDHOOD IN THE RESCUE
OUT Q=the Rescue Mission.
The mission out grew Salem Ave. and moved to its current location on 4th
Just after the move, Gus Johnson died and Lois was left to run the
They had been married 28 years.
George Bettis was in the mission's recovery program at the time and the
friendship he developed with Lois resulted in marriage a year later.
IN Q=I love the fact that she married
((JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON: I LOVE THE FACT THAT SHE MARRIED NOT JUST MY FATHER
WHO WAS A MISSION CONVERT, BUT THEN AFTER MY FATHER DIED SHE MARRIED GEORGE WHO
WAS A CONVERT OF THIS MISSION. I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANYTHING YOU COULD DO
THAT WOULD SAY MORE TO THE WHOLE WORLD THAT WE REALLY BELIEVE PEOPLE CHANGE.
WE BELIEVE IT SO MUCH THAT WE STAKE OUR FAMILY ON IT. ))
OUT Q=we stake our family on it.
Lois Bettis Johnson now shares the operation of the Roanoke Rescue Mission
with her daughter Joy.
They are planning a 50th Anniversary celebration that includes the
production of an original musical called "Soup, Soap and Salvation."
It tells this story of the Rescue Mission's history.
Kelly Zuber, News 7.))
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Did You Know?
The population of Radford tripled during World War II thanks to an influx of
20,000 munitions workers. Source-Virginia: The New Dominion
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TAPE# SPORTS EXTRA
This Sunday's sports profile focuses on a woman who brings new meaning to
the term working mother.
Meet Michele Houseright, a Virginia Tech junior and forward for the Lady
IN Q=Number 14 is
SUPER=01-Michelle Houseright/Virginia Tech Basketball Player; :24
SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 1:24
OUT Q=Done a great job
(( Number 14 is Michelle Houseright a Virginia Tech forward.....This college
student buying books is also Michelle Houseright.....And this Michelle
Houseright is simply Jordan's mom.
Like any other working mother Michelle says finding the time between
studying and traveling to away games is the biggest challenge.
IN Q=I DIDN'T THINK
((MICHELLE HOUSERIGHT/VA TECH BASKETBALL: I DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD EFFECT ME AS
MUCH AS IT DID. BECAUSE WHEN I GOT BACK SHE DID NEW THINGS BOTH TIMES. I GOT
BACK FROM CALIFORNIA AND SHE WAS CRAWLING. I WAS LIKE, "OH I MISSED IT." AND I
GOT BACK THIS TIME AND SHE WAS JUST BIGGER.))
OUT Q=WAS JUST BIGGER
Jordan, yes she's named after Michael, has changed Michelle's life.
School is now a top priority.
IN Q=I WAS A SLACKER
((I WAS A SLACKER. I DIDN'T BUCKLE DOWN AND DO THE WORK. AND NOW I'M AT
CLASS. I'M LISTENING AND I'M DOING THE WORK AND I KNOW IT WILL GIVE ME A
BETTER FUTURE FOR HER.))
OUT Q=FUTURE FOR HER
Michelle's role on the court has changed as well.
She says she's not as quick as she used to be, but she's stronger.
This is a well balanced team so she says she's not the go-to player anymore.
Her job, she says, is to grab the rebound and set picks.
IN Q=on the court
((ON THE COURT I'M STILL MICHELE HOLLISTER. I'M NOT A MOM. OUTSIDE THE GAMES
AND IN THE MEETINGS THEY'RE ALWAYS ASKING ABOUT JORDAN SO IT'S A DIFFERENT
TWIST TO OUR RELATIONSHIP.))
OUT Q=OUT RELATIONSHIP
IN Q=SHE'S BEEN HAMPERED
((BONNIE HENRICKSON/VA TECH HEAD COACH: SHE'S BEEN HAMPERED BY A FOOT INJURY,
BUT SHE'S PERSEVERED AND THAT'S PART OF ATHLETICS. BUT IN THE LONG RUN THIS IS
GOING TO MAKE HER A BETTER MOM, A BETTER PERSON AND A BETTER WIFE. IT'S HELPED
ALL OF US SHE'S DONE A GREAT JOB.))
OUT Q=DONE A GREAT JOB
Michelle and her husband live in Blacksburg.
She stills dreams of playing professional basketball one day.
Her mentor is Cheryl Swoops, another woman who is raising a family and
working at the game.
We've didn't have too much rain yesterday and overnight.
But in the movie Hard-Rain, it's been pouring.
So much so that all of the action takes place around, in, or under water.
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Here's some of what we're working on for News-7 at Six.
Roanoke's Straight Street opens today.
It's a place where kids can hang out in a safe environent, and learn a
That story and more is coming up at Six here on your hometown station.
And you can also check out New-7 Mornin tomorrow at Six.
Here' Steve Pardon
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Fianlly today, it was a pachyderm pool party at the Jacksonville zoo.
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It may have too cool for folks in Northern Florida to take a dip.
But that didn't keep the elephants at the Jacksonville Zoo from enjoying
their new pool.
It's part of a new exhibit that opened this weekend.