12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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VO-NAT


President Clinton prepares to deliver his state of the union address as the Whitewater prosecutor decides whether to give Monica Lewinsky immunity in exchange for her testimony.
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ANCHOR=Melanie


And winter weather has forced more school closings and delays the complete update coming up.
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TALENT=Patrick
SS=None


Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are up for the viewing area, with as much as 6 inches of snow forecast around the region. I'll have a complete update on the situation momentarily.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=None


News 7 at noon is next.

Winter-Storm


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#97-97
GRAPHIC=winter storm


A white blanket is beginning to cover the ground as the latest round of winter weather hits our area.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


Winter storm warnings are in effect for the New River Valley and higher elevations, where anywhere from four to eight inches of snow are possible.
In Roanoke and Lynchburg, between two and four inches of the white stuff could fall before changing over to rain this afternoon.
Forecasters warn road conditions will be slow to improve, even as temperatures warm above the freezing mark.
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EARLY-WX


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=pev
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=NONE


Winter storm warnings and weather advisories are in place, as snow continues to fall across the viewing area.
CK/STORMWATCH/FULL SCREEN=WX ADVISORIES


As we look at our WeatherAlert computer imagery, the counties shaded in dark blue are under a winter storm warning, light blue indicating a winter weather advisory. Snow in the advisory area will likely reach 2 to four inches, while the warning area is anticipating 3 to 6 inches.
CK/WX-PRO/FULL SCREEN=WX-TYPE DOPPLER RADAR

REGIONAL ANALYSIS AFTERNOON FORECAST
Let's take a look at our color coded radar. Shaded in white: snowfall, pink: icy mix, and of course green: rain. The heaviest precipitation continues to work it's way along the coast as the low deepens and forces more moisture in our direction.
The low is currently situated south of Savannah, GA., but is pushing northeast, taking it out over the Atlantic, and up the coast. We expect to see snow and mixed precipitation continue well into the afternoon. That will give us the forecasted snow depths.
Our forecast for the rest of today, bearing in mind the storm warnings and advisories, as follows: Snow and ice likely, anywhere from 2 to 6 inches depending on your geographic location, with mid thirties for our top number this afternoon.
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ANCHOR=Patrick
SUPER=NONE


We'll have your complete five day out look coming up just bit later on here on News 7 at Noon.

E-GE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-94
GRAPHIC=General Electric


Almost 15 percent of the workforce at General Electric's Salem plant is out of work.
This comes after a three-week production shutdown -- all because the plant is having trouble finding a market for its high-tech drive systems.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem;


Workers say they knew this was coming.
Those who have been with G-E for a while say they have watched production trail off.
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SOT 3:18:54
IN Q=GE's a good company

((JUDY SCHEDER/LAID-OFF EMPLOYEE: GE'S A GOOD COMPANY TO WORK FOR. BUT WITH GE'S HISTORY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, YOU NEED TO STAY PREPARED. ))
SUPER=01-Judy Scheder/Laid-off Worker;
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VO-NAT


Last year, G-E laid off 450-people.
Most were either re-hired or found other jobs.
Yesterday, G-E laid off 170-hourly workers...
And 75-salaried positions, such as engineers.
In a prepared statement, the company said, "We simply don't have sufficient workload at this time to maintain current employment levels in our factory."
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SOT 3:22:22
IN Q=I'm about as

((REGINALD BERRY/LAID-OFF WORKER: I'M ABOUT AS UPSET AS ANYBODY ELSE. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE GOT FAMILIES. THEY GOT KIDS IN SCHOOL, SMALL CHILDREN ... BUYING HOMES ... PEOPLE HERE WITH INFANT BABIES, AND THEY HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. AND IT'S HARD TO DO THAT IF YOU'RE NOT SURE WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO BE WORKING OR IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE WORKING OR HOW LONG YOU'RE GOING TO BE WORKING. ))
SUPER=01-Reginald Berry/Laid-off Worker;
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VO-NAT


Workers told News-7 a lot of work has been outsourced to other countries.
G-E said most of the employees laid off yesterday should be re-hired by this summer...assuming production picks up again.
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Goodyear


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-92
GRAPHIC=Goodyear


Most of the union members employed at the Danville Goodyear plant have voted in favor of a 12-hour work shift.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville;


More than three-quarters of the roughly 900 union-members who voted favored longer shifts in exchange of two Sundays off each month.
Yesterday, they chose to reduce three proposals down to two.
They'll make their final decision tomorrow.
The company has not determined when it will go to the new seven-day work schedule.
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IRAQ


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=iraq conflict


Secretary of State Madeleine Albright heads to Europe tomorrow to confer with European ministers as military planners seek to put enough firepower in the Persian Gulf to mount a possible major air attack against Iraq.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington, DC;


So far, the U-N has failed to convince Saddam Hussein to give weapon inspectors access to all sites.
Yesterday, state department spokesman James Rubin warned that time is running out for Iraq.
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JAPAN-RESIGNATION


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;


Japan's embattled finance minister is resigning in the wake of a bribery scandal.
Hiroshi Mitsuzuka says he will step down tomorrow.
He made his decision after prosecutors carried out two days of raids on Finance Ministry offices and major banks.
Prosecutors say banks bribed ministry officials to find out when regulators were going to make inspections.
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QUEEN-mother


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=wipe/wipe/wipe
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-London, UK


Members of the royal family visited Britain's Queen Mother at a London hospital today where she's recovering from hip-replacement surgery.
Grand-daughter Princess Anne was the first to arrive.
SUPER=@File;


Doctors caring for the 97- year- old mother of Queen Elizabeth say the next few days are crucial to her recovery.
She's expected to be in the hospital for up to three weeks.
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tease#1

HARD MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Melanie


Still to come,
Our region may pay a heavy price for eliminating the car tax.
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VO-NAT


And
In China they're preparing to go from the Ox to the Tiger.
We'll take you to the New Year preparations when News 7 at Noon returns.
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E-Car-Tax


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-96
GRAPHIC=Gilmore


The car tax is moving closer to elimination.
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VO-NAT


But the details of how the money is collected are fueling an angry battle.
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SOT rox 12:11:47
IN Q=This bill

((THIS BILL HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PLUNGE OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS INTO FISCAL CHAOS, TO WIDEN THE DISPARITY BETWEEN THE HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS OF THIS STATE, AND TO DIVIDE US REGIONALLY LIKE NO OTHER ISSUE EVER HAS, AT THE VERY TIME THAT OUR CONSCIENCE DEMANDS THAT WE WORK TOGETHER LIKE WE NEVER HAVE BEFORE.))
SUPER=@Day;
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OUT Q=never have before.
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VO-NAT


Debate kicked off yesterday between rural Democrats and suburban Republicans over who benefits.
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((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R-FAIRFAX: THIS CENTERPIECE WAS ADOPTED OVERWHELMINGLY BY DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, AND INDEPENDENTS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THIS COMMONWEALTH. IT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TAX RELIEF BILL IN THE HISTORY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) Fairfax;
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OUT Q=of Virginia.
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VO-NAT


Another regional disappointment: the House Appropriations Committee found out only yesterday afternoon the fine print on the cuts the Governor mentioned Friday.
The ballooning cost of the car tax bill would be covered by about four million more dollars in cuts to Southwest and Southside Virginia museums and cultural centers than Gilmore mentioned Friday.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Among the cuts to George Allen's generous budget: 100- thousand dollars from the Bedford D-Day Memorial, 50- thousand from Opera Roanoke, and 900- thousand from the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

E-Bryant-Collapse


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#98-2
GRAPHIC=NONE


Virginia's new Secretary of Education is in good condition today after collapsing outside his Richmond office yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape;


57- year -old Wil Bryant is at the Medical College of Virginia hospital.
A spokesman for Governor Jim Gilmore says Bryant had an ear infection -- but the reason for his collapse is NOT yet known.
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E-Dickinson


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#98-1
GRAPHIC=NONE


A state legislator is also in the hospital today--
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Louisa Democrat Earl Dickinson was presiding over the Appropriations meeting when he suddenly had trouble speaking.
Dickinson was wheeled out of the meeting on a stretcher and was also admitted to M-C-V hospital.
The powerful committee chairman's staff says only that he's under evaluation.
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E-Teen-Drivers


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-95
GRAPHIC=State Seal


Feedback is making its mark on Lieutenant Governor John Hager's first major bill.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Hager says about ten-thousand Virginia teen drivers have already been ticketed for moving violations.
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((WELL WE'VE SAID...IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS.))
SUPER=@Hager;
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@fILE


A third offense would mean a young driver would lose his license for a year or until reaching age 18.
The plan Hager introduced two weeks ago would have put ALL teen drivers on a "provisional license" with several more conditions before they could get a permanent license.
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Presley


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=presley


An administrative judge has upheld the removal of former Salem V-A Hospital Director John Presley.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File


Presley was fired last year after a V-A investigation found repeated incidents of sexual harassment.
Presley appealed the decision to the Merit Systems Protection Board.
Judge Elizabeth Bogle rejected his appeal, saying there was evidence of harassment and conduct unbecoming a hospital executive.
Presley had no comment on the outcome of the appeal.
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E-Cruz


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


Testimony is underway in a federal cocaine conspiracy case linked to Javier Cruz's undercover work.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke


J-R Castellanos was picked up in Miami the very day the U-S Attorney in
SUPER=04-February 25, 1997

Roanoke finally unveiled details of the investigation that lasted seven years.
In addition to drug trafficking itself, Castellanos is alleged to have "made arrangements" to launder more than one million dollars in currency from the Cali Cartel.
PAMELA Cruz, the informant's ex-wife pleaded guilty to her role in the drug trafficking conspiracy.
Of the 28 people indicted with Cruz a year ago, many remain at large... only two are left for trial.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


The prosecutor says now that he may be able to put on his case against Castellanos and local realtor Earl Frith without calling Cruz to testify.


S-Abed


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-98
GRAPHIC=Abbott


A former brother-in-law of Joe Abbott took the stand in the crime family trial in federal court yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 1997


Robert Khatib told the jury that Abbott's brother Abed Jamil Abdeljalil launched a smear campaign against him.
Khatib says AbdelJalil often visited Khatib's Brown Derby Restaurant and talked about drug dealing, arson and stolen goods.
Khatib admitted yesterday that he set a fire in Hagerstown in 19-78, though he'd given the Grand Jury the impression that he had not served time for it.
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E-WV-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=djo
TAPE#597-56
GRAPHIC=Fire Investigation


A fire at a Greenbrier County grocery store that claimed one life was an accident.
That's the determination of fire investigators.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Fairlea/Last Thursday;


Crawford's Galaxy Food Center in Fairlea was destroyed by the blaze.
Investigators say an electrical problem in the coolers in the back of the store started the fire.
Volunteer firefighter Greg Carter died after entering the building to search for victims.
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SOFT MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Melanie


Coming up,
For us it's snow, but in Australia, another weather phenomenon is plaguing people.
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VO-NAT


And students at Virginia Tech are getting the opportunity to enter the world of molecules in a unique manner.
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S-Virtual-Reality


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-100
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech


CAVE exploration is now part of some science Virginia Tech curriculum.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


But the location is anything but cold and damp.
At Virginia Tech-- CAVE stands for Cave Automatic Virtual Environment.
It's a three- D tool designed to help professors and students with a variety of studies and experiments.
Users feel as if they're walking inside a molecule or down a hallway.
Plans are also in place to market the CAVE to businesses wanting to develop new products.
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IN Q=Actually

((SCOTT MACRAE:ACTUALLY VIRGINIA TECH IS THE ONLY CAVE, HAS THE ONLY CAVE, ON THE EAST COAST, SO WE'RE LOOKING NOT ONLY IN THE BLACKSBURG AREA BUT EVEN UP INTO THE WASHINGTON DC, PHILADELPHIA, OVER INTO THE TIDEWATER COMMUNITIES. ))
SUPER=07-Scott Macrae;
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VO-NAT


Congressman Rick Boucher was on hand for the unveiling.
Virginia Tech and federal money helped make the project possible.
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flooding


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=flooding


In Australia, more than 600 tourists and residents fled to higher ground today to escape the worst flooding in half a century.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Katherine, Australia;

7:24:22
Defense force troops were called in after a state of emergency was declared in the northern outback town of Katherine.
The town was inundated after the swollen Katherine River burst its banks in at least two spots in the wake of a tropical cyclone.
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Stocks


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 76 points.

RU


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=net (edit of BB98-1)
GRAPHIC=Big South


Radford University's men's basketball team grabbed a win over Charleston Southern 82-76.
The women are tied for first in the Bog South after putting down the lady Buccaneers.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Radford/Buccaneers vs. Highlanders; :00


The lady Highlanders Jennifer Grant muscles her way in for the hoop as Radford took and early lead.
Former Christiansburg star Rebecca McNeil registered the double-double;
SUPER=34-Radford/81/Char. Southern/68;

18 points and 13 boards and becomes just the 8th lady Highlander in school history to have scored a thousand points and recorded 500 rebounds. R-U wins it 81-68.
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LIBERTY


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=DAL
TAPE#net (edit of BB98-2)
GRAPHIC=Liberty


The Lady Flames continued their winning ways last night beating Coastal Carolina 71-to-43.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


Sarah Wilkerson finds Flori Willie with the bounce pass, Willie knocks it in off the glass.
Elena Kisseleva led all scorers last night with 19. She gets the bucket here and draws the foul.
The Flames dominated on the boards Mari Kong drives through traffic for the score.
SUPER=34-Liberty/71/Coastal Carolina/43/;


Liberty easily handled the Chants winning this one 71-to-43.
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SOT 21:07:51
IN Q=we came out.

((SARAH WILKERSON//WE CAME OUT WITH THE MINDSET "WELL YOU KNOW WE MIGHT GO UNDEFEATED AT CHRISTMAS, WE MIGHT BE UNDEFEATED, WELL I DON'T KNOW, WE GOT A PRETTY HARD CONFERENCE, WE MIGHT STILL BE UNDEFEATED." WE NEVER CAME OUT WITH THE MINDSET THAT WE WOULD JUST AUTOMATICALLY COME IN AND TAKE THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE THAT CAN JUST KNOCK YOU OFF.))
SUPER=01-Sarah Wilkerson/15 points;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=knock you off
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Barbers


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=FB95-7
GRAPHIC=Roanoke valley sports club


Former Cave Spring standouts and N-F-L rookies Tiki and Ronde Barber will come home next month to speak at the Roanoke valley Sports club.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/Giants vs. Redskins; :00


Tiki; who had over a thousand yards of total offense, helped lead the New York Giants back to the top of the N-F-C East this past season before losing in the first round of the playoffs.
SUPER=03-Tampa, FL/August;


Ronde spent most of his first N-F-L season on Tampa Bay's inactive list but saw action in a few games.
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ANCHOR=Patrick
SS=Hold Roanoke Valley sports club


The barbers will speak to the sports club on either the 16th or 24th of February at the Salem Civic center.

Daytona


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#r-38
GRAPHIC=DAYTONA 500


It seems racing just keeps growing. Yesterday Daytona officials announced the purse for the February 15th Daytona 500 will exceed seven million dollars.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/Last February; :00


The winner will get one million dollars and the second place finisher in the 500 will take home 500 thousand dollars.
Each of the top 11 finishers is guaranteed of winning at least 100 thousand.
SUPER=04-1959;


That's a far cry from the first 500 in 19-59, when Lee Petty won the race and the championship.
That year Petty won less than 46- thousand dollars for the whole year.
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China-Newyear


ANCHOR=Mel
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lfi
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


It's the Chinese Lunar New Year throughout China this week.
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(nats of firecrackers)
SUPER=03-Beijing, China
RUNS=:05
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VO-NAT


The Year of the Ox will give way to the Year of the Tiger tomorrow.
The holiday was ushered in with dancing and colorful festivities amid elaborate decorations at Tiananemen Square.
Birds were released for good luck and the fireworks filled the sky.
The tiger is associated with wealth and traditionally young boys were given tiger costumes to wear to absorb the tiger's bravery. (----------------)