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[IRAQ]

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As the U-S considers military action, U-N relief workers on leave are being told not to return to Iraq.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Moscow;]

[10:16:06]
Defense Secretary William Cohen is getting a lecture from Russia about a possible attack on Iraq.
At a joint appearance today in Moscow, Russia's defense minister issued a warning about using force against Iraq -- asking, "Is America ready for all possible consequences?"
But Cohen was ready with a U-S response.
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[SOT]

[10:16:50]
[IN Q=]

((WILLIAM COHEN/DEF. SECRETARY: IT IS EQUALLY APPROPRIATE TO ASK THE QUESTION WHAT IF WE FAIL TO ACT IF HUSSEIN CONTINUES TO FLOUT THE UN RESOLUTIONS AND CONTINUES TO PLAY HIDE AND SEEK WITH INSPECTORS. ))
[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Defense Secretary;]
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[OUT Q=with inspectors;]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad;]

[10:01:18]
UNSCOM teams today continued their inspections of other sites in Iraq.
[SUPER=03-Kuwait-Iraq Border;]

[10:02:36]
Meanwhile, U-N troops patrolling the border between Kuwait and Iraq are trying to maintain a sense of calm after Kuwaiti officials closed the border yesterday.
Kuwait was invaded by Iraq in 19-90 leading to the Gulf War.
Now its preparing for another possible Iraqi attack.
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[Lewinsky]


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[WRITER=mel]
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In Washington, Monica's Lewinsky's mother faces a third day of questioning before a grand jury.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Yesterday, Marcia Lewis left the courthouse nearly in tears after being questioned about Lewinsky's alleged sexual affair with President Clinton.
Lewinsky's attorney, William Ginsburg, said his client will leave Los Angeles for Washington either today or tomorrow as she prepares to testify before the grand jury.
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[wipe wipe wipe][babbitt]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC/October 1997;]


Attorney General Janet Reno has asked for an independent counsel to investigate whether interior secretary Bruce Babbitt misled congress in connection with an Indian casino controversy.
At issue is whether Babbitt lied when he testified before a senate committee last October.
Republican lawmakers who have been pushing for a special prosecutor to look into the entire campaign finance scandal, are not satisfied by the narrow focus.
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[IN Q=]

((REP. DAN BURTON/R-INDIANA: I THINK THE ATTORNEY GENERAL....NO HOLDS BAR. ))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Dan Burton/(R) Indiana;]
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[OUT Q=NO HOLDS BAR.]
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[VO-NAT]


Babbitt says he may have misled a lobbyist, but told congress the truth.
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[Boty-Ax]


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A fatal accident on Interstate 81 claimed the life of a local limousine driver yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


State police say 35- year- old Kimberly Pendleton ran off the road when she lost control of her vehicle.
The limousine driver entered a median before going over an embankment.
Pendleton and her four passengers were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she later died.
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[Grayson-Murder]


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A Grayson County judge has postponed the trial of one of the two white men charged with the brutal death of a black man.
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[VO-NAT]


D-N-A evidence indicates Garnett Johnson's blood was found on the hand, clothes and tools of a second suspect in the murder.
That suspect, Louis Ceparano, faces a capital murder trial in April.
A new date for Emmett Cressell's first-degree murder trial will be set next week.
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The Justice Department is investigating whether the killing was racially motivated.

[e-Abed]


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The defense continues to present its case in the Abed trial.
Yesterday's testimony continued to focus on two fires, including one that that destroyed the Corner Store.
The prosecution charges the Abed family started the fire to drive back competition in the convenience business.
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[SUPER=04-ATF Video Demonstration;]


The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms showed the jury a videotaped demonstration of the fire.
The government hopes to convince the jury that it was moltov cocktail that started the blaze at the Store on 13thh Street and a fatal apartment fire nearby the same day.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 13, 1995]


The defense argues it didn't happen that way- -pointing out that the rear window is seven feet off the ground, is covered with metal bars and is nine and a half feet from the point where the fire started.
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The fire marshal's office originally declared the apartment fire an accident.
The man who made that ruling was one of the first witnesses for the defense.

[VMI]


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Rockbridge County's Commonwealth's Attorney says he'll meet with the family of a V-M-I cadet who dropped out, saying he was beaten.
Gordon Saunders said he'll
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[VO-NAT]

[VMI, 98-2, 2/9/98]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Monday;]

discuss the possibility of George Wade Junior bringing criminal assault charges.
Three V-M-I upperclassmen were suspended last week for a semester.
V-M-I officials decided the incident wasn't a case of hazing, although Wade was one of six freshmen who were struck with belts and a coat hanger.
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[Cuba]


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Pope John Paul's recent visit to Cuba is paying off.
The Vatican says that Cuba has released several dozen prisoners whose freedom was sought during the visit last month.
Officials also say Cuba has agreed to reduce the terms of another group of prisoners.

The Vatican said Cuba described the release as an act of good will in honor of the papal visit.[Olympics]


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The Canadian snowboarder who was stripped of his gold medal at the Winter Olympics is getting it back.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nagano, Japan;]

[10:04:11]
The Olympic committee had taken away Ross Rebagliati's (reb-lee-AH'-tee's) medal when he tested positive for marijuana.
But an appeals panel today overturned that decision.
Rebagliati (reb-lee-AH'-tee) appeared at a police station last night to answer questions about the drug test.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( CAROL ANNE LETHEREN, CANADIAN OLYMPIC ASSN:THERE WERE NO LEGAL GROUNDS FOR THE ORIGINAL PUNISHMENT. THE ATHLETE SHOULD NOT BE TARNISHED IN ANY WAY FOR WHAT HE'S GONE THROUGH. ))
[SUPER=01-Carol Anne Letheren/Canadian Olympic Association]
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[OUT Q=in no way tarnished]
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Meantime an Australian snowboarder was kicked out of the games today for causing 4-thousand dollars worth of damage to his hotel room.

[Youth-Hockey]


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But most of the Olympic athletes are positive role models for the world's young people.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

In fact, the games are generating a lot of excitement with young hockey athletes here in the Roanoke Valley.
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[SOT-06:33:33/06:33:45]
[IN Q=IT'S FASCINATING]

((IT'S FASCINATING, GOT A LOT OF SPORTS AND I JUST LIKE IT.)) ((THE HOCKEY AND SKIING. THEY'RE BOTH FAST AND SINCE I PLAY HOCKEY, I LIKE THE HOCKEY.))
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[OUT Q=THE HOCKEY]
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While these youngsters are taking paths of their own, there are professionals whose game they want to emulate.
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[SOT-06:34:03]
[IN Q=SERGEI FEDEROV]

((SERGEI FEDEROV)) ((CHRIS CHELIOS)) ((I'D LIKE TO BE LIKE MIKE RECHTER))
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[OUT Q=Mike Rechter]
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[VO-NAT]


Women's hockey is debuting at the Nagano games.
And some local female players say it puts things in perspective.
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[SOT-06:36:17]
[IN Q=IT SHOWS THE]

((STACEY PARRISH/YOUTH HOCKEY PLAYER; IT SHOWS THE BOYS HOW WE REALLY ARE. WE DON'T HAVE TO DO GYMNASTICS AND STUFF. THAT WE CAN DO OTHER SPORTS LIKE HOCKEY AND STUFF LIKE THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Stacey Parrish/Youth Hockey Player;]
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[OUT Q=LIKE THAT.]
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[VO-NAT]


Stacey is one of several youngsters who hope to make an olympic squad one day.
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[E-Car-Tax]


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Governor Jim Gilmore's "no car tax" is causing quite a debate in the General Assembly.
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[SOT 12:39:14]
[IN Q=Every body]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: EVERY BODY IN THIS CHAMBER, IF I COULD GET YOU OFF TO A DESERT ISLAND, AND YOU COULD SHOOT ME AFTER YOU TOLD ME THE TRUTH, AND YOU COULD COME ON BACK HERE, EVERY ONE OF YOU WOULD SAY THAT THIS CAR TAX IS THE BIGGEST FOOL, COCKAMAMIE SCHEME THAT HAS EVER BEEN HANDED OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
[SOT 06:18:06]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK THAT HE'S SIMPLY PLAYING THE ROLE OF OBSTRUCTIONIST. HE WANTS TO STOP IT TO SHOW THAT HE CAN STOP IT. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THERE'S STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.))
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[OUT Q=bipartisan support.]
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[VO-NAT]


He says it's NOT a sign of concern, but Gilmore will take off Friday on a one day campaign-style tour to pump up voter support for the car tax cut.

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Governor Gilmore says he's found a way to hold tobacco retailers accountable.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]


The Governor is opposed to a move to license all tobacco retailers -- despite the fact that the state has NO record of who sells tobacco.
That makes it hard for A-B-C agents to crack down on cigarette sales to minors.
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So Gilmore's new plan is to force cigarette wholesalers to turn over their lists of retailers to the state.[Underage

-Drinkers]


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Underage drinkers will be getting a second chance if a bill that's already been passed by Virginia's Senate gets the O-K.
Under the bill those charged with an alcohol offense before their 21st birthday could plead guilty and get a sentence of probation.
If they don't commit the same crime again, the misdemeanor will be wiped from their record.
Senator Roscoe Reynolds said the measure will prevent saddling a young person for life for one mistake.
Opponents warned that the bill sends the wrong message to teen drinkers.

[E-Halifax-Drug]


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Halifax County's "Operation Fall Harvest" has netted another arrest.
Jamie Varon of South Boston is charged with nine-counts of distributing cocaine.. and five-counts of conspiracy.
He's out on 75-thousand dollars bail and no court date has been set.
"Operation Fall Harvest" was a year-and-a half narcotics investigation where officers made undercover buys to nab su

spects.[E-Patient-Care]


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Patient care at Columbia Alleghany Regional Hospital could be suffering.
Workers say a plan to streamline operations is having negative effects.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington;]


A government investigation and sinking profits have hurt the company in recent months.
Members of the United Paperworkers International Union say they were trying to work out a downsizing plan but hospital officials did not follow through.
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[SOT 01.02.36 - 01.02.50]
[IN Q=We was close ]

((GLENN INGLIN/UNITED PAPERWORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNION: WE WAS CLOSE TO WHAT I THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE A MORE WORKABLE SOLUTION OR AT LEAST WHAT I THOUGHT WAS GOING TO PROVIDE A MORE EFFICIENT WORKFORCE ON THE FLOORS AND FOR SOME REASON THEY DROPPED IT LIKE A HOT POTATO AND THEY NEVER HAVE EXPLAINED WHY.))
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[OUT Q=have explained why.]
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Hospital officials deny patient care has suffered- pointing out that job cuts occurred among support staff and not nurses and doctors.
Meanwhile union workers say they're planning to rally in protest.
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[S-City-Water]


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A warning for pregnant women..
The Environmental Protection Agency says certain chemicals in drinking water could be harmful.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]


One study says women who drink more than five glasses of tap water per day have more miscarriages than women who don't.
The E-P-A is waiting to see the results of its own studies -- in the meantime, it wants to reduce the acceptable level of these chemicals, called trihalomethane, from 100 micrograms per liter to 80.
Roanoke's chemical levels are well below that already -- at 30 micrograms per liter -- compared to Danville's 62 micrograms per liter.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The E-P-A announced yesterday that starting next year, residents will receive lists of all chemicals in their water -- and their possible dangers.
Those reports will be enclosed in water bills.

[S-Capitol-Grass]


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Virginia's General Assembly spent some time reconsidering an old state law that could make David Letterman's monologue.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[IN Q=For decades]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Don McEachin/(D) Richmond; :25]
[SUPER=01-Jason Roller/Future Farmer of America; :44]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Browne/House Page; :50]
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]


(( For decades, it has been illegal to walk on the grass of around Virginia's state Capitol.
But these hallowed grounds, in the shadow of Jeffersonian architecture, are about to lose their privileged status.
The House of Delegates has approved a bill to dump the law.
After all, the politicians park their cars on it.
Capitol police officers tread on it themselves-- albeit in the service of the public.
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((HAVE YOU HAVE EVER HAD YOUR CAR PARKED....DEL. DON MCEACHIN: UH NO I HAVEN'T DONE THAT.)) [RUNS:11]
We found a Future Farmer of America -- who happens to have some knowledge of turf management.
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((How dangerous is...JASON ROLLER: ....AND TAKE CARE OF IT.)) [RUNS:10]
[Sot ] ((And why are you walking..YES)) [runs:14]
So are the Capitol Police simply ignoring a state law, right under the noses of the lawMAKERS?
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((GET SOME ANSWERS HERE.)) [RUNS:02]
They say they haven't enforced it in years.
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((WHY? WELL THERE WAS NO REASON TO.)) [RUNS:04]
Oh... okay.
It's just something that slipped in between the cracks.

Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))[Daytona]


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Thousands of race fans are pouring into the stands for today's twin 125 mile qualifying races in Daytona.
The top 15 drivers in each event are assured of spots in Sunday's Daytona 500.
Mike Stevens has more from the track.
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[IN Q=guys in just]
[SUPER=01-Michael Waltrip/Starts 13th in Second Qualifier; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/Starts 18th in Second Qualifier; :26]
[SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Starts 27th in the First Qualifier; :34]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Starts 16th in Second Qualifier; :47]
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[OUT Q=hope to see you then.]


[Tech]


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The Virginia tech Hokies ended their loosing streak with a close win over St. Bonnaventure.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY/Hokies vs. Bonnies; :00]


Tech would come out of the gates hot as Eddie Lucas snaps the nylon with this shot for an early Tech advantage.
The Bonnies hung tough though; never letting the Hokies get out of reach. David capers hits the shot.
Lucas nails
[SUPER=34-Virginia Tech/69/St. Bonnaventure/68;]

the three pointer from the left corner to put tech up by 3. Virginia tech hung tough in the second half, Roland Roberts scores 23.
Tech would take the game to overtime and would win it 69-68.

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Virginia tried its luck against number one ranked North Carolina.
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[VO-NAT #eng]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/ESPN; :00]


The Tarheels started slow. Ademala Okalaja with the left handed shot that falls.
U-V-A's Curtis Staples finds the range from the three point land. He sinks 5 out of 8 treys.
Norman Nolan was tough inside; [SUPER=34-North Carolina/60/Virginia/45 ;]

getting the score.
Staples scored 21 points for the cavs; who led 33-26 at halftime.
But number one North Carolina improves to 25 and 1 with a 60 to 45 victory.
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[Diana-auction]


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Princess Diana's legend still lives on.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA]


The original lyrics for "Candle in the Wind 1997", performed by Elton John at Diana's funeral, were sold at a benefit auction for 400-thousand dollars.
The song, originally written for Marilyn Monroe in 1973, was rewritten after the Princess' death. (----------------) All Benefits go to the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.