[Bassett-Closing]

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More than 200 workers have received the bad news in Hillsville--the Bassett Walker factory there is closing. Hillsville Town Manager Larry South says employees were told this morning.
The textiles plant will close at the end of this month. The company plans a formal statement this afternoon.
Earlier this year Bassett Walker announced the closing of its factory in Chatham, putting some 350 people out of work.

[VMI]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=none]
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Attorneys for six cadets expelled from VMI over the weekend are trying to get them reinstated.
A student jury drummed the cadets out of the corps just minutes after VMI's honor court convicted the six of lying Friday night.
Attorneys for the expelled cadets appeared before a federal judge first thing this morning.
They argue that the cadets were denied due process when the young men were dragged out of their rooms in the middle of the night and questioned about the "whack system."
Court records indicate seniors routinely whacked freshman for such infractions as getting bad grades or listening to country music.
Judge James Turk this mornig referred to the midnight interrogations as quote "Gestapo tactics."

[Rescue-Conviction]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#98-]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A suspended Lexington rescue squad member was found guilty of sexually assaulting two teenage girls this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/Last Week;]


The girls ages 16 and 17, accused Donald Paxton Grant of fondling them when he treated them at an accident scene in February.
Grant says he did not do anything wrong and has appealed the conviction.
Grant was suspended from the rescue squad after the charges were filed.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-]
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Unabomber Ted Kacznski is facing the music today and some of his victims.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Sacramento, CA;]


Kacznski is expected to be sentenced to four life prison terms as part of a plea deal.
Geneticist Dr. Charles Ebstein is among the surviving victims who will speak at today's hearing.
A bomb blew off his finger tips and damaged his hearing.
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[4:06:29]
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(( CHARLES EBSTEIN/UNABOMBER VICTIM: CLOSURE'S A FUNNY WORD, WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT CLOSURE. IT'S NEVER CLOSURE. EVERY TIME I LOOK AT MY HAND IT'S STILL THERE. EVERYTIME I HAVE TO ASK SOMEONE TO SPEAK UP IT'S SILL THERE. ))
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[OUT Q=speak up it's still there.]
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[VO-NAT]


Kaczynski will also have a chance to speak.
Kaczynski is responsible for 16 attacks between 19-78 and 19-95.
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[CANCER-drug]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=Cancer]


Researchers may be closer to a cure for cancer.
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[VO-NAT]

[4:23:17]
A Harvard professor has proven a combination of drugs wipes out all forms of cancer in mice.
The drugs, Angiostatin and Endostatin-- work together by cutting off the blood supply to tumors.
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[SOT]

[4:23:33-46]
[IN Q=]

(( DR. JAMES PLUD/NATL. CANCER INSTITUTE: IT'S LIKE THE ROOTS OF A PLANT IF A PLANT CAN'T MAKE NEW ROOTS IT CAN'T GROW THE BLOOD VESSELS. TUMORS ARE LIKE THE ROOTS OF A GROWING PLANT OR WEED. ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. James Plud/National Cancer Institute]
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[OUT Q=PLANT OR WEED.]
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[VO-NAT]


Still the researcher who developed the drug warns that is might not work in humans.
Testing on humans could begin in less than a year.
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[E-Bedford-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-26; 1:03:21]
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Authorities in Bedford County still have not determined what caused a home to go up in flames last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


The blaze broke out around 7-45 yesterday evening along McCray Road, off of Route 43.
Police say no one was at home at the time, and no one was injured in the blaze.
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[E-Drowning]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-29; 49:55]
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A man who drowned in the Dan River last week has been found.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape;]


Police began searching the river Wednesday for 45-year-old Lynwood Henry Parrish.
A witness claimed he saw Parrish slip from a ledge while pulling up a fish net.
Danville police have confirmed that a body pulled from the Dan river yesterday is that of Parrish.
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[Parkway]


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[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#98-30 TC 51:17]
[GRAPHIC=Blue Ridge Parkway]


It's a stretch of road that should offer visitors what one official called an "unparalleled scenic experience."
The Roanoke River Parkway opened this morning.


[Double Boxes=Melanie/Scott]


SCott Goldberg is there now.
Scott, the ceremony drew quite a crowd.

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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Scott][E-Martinsville]



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[WRITER=eea]
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[GRAPHIC=Murder]


An argument between a Martinsville couple ended in the death of an innocent bystander.
Authorities say a woman was arguing with her boyfriend outside his home on Royal drive when she pulled a gun from her car and began firing shots.
A bulled hit 29-year old Dionysia Oaks in the chest, killing her.
23 year old Denisha Wilson has been charged with second degree murder and is being held at the Martinsville jail wit

hout bond.[Pulaski-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


A car accident in Pulaski last night claimed the life of a man from Dublin.
State Police say 58- year- old Claude Edward Thompson was a passenger in a car that was struck head on as on Route 7-47.
He was killed instantly.
No word of any other injuries.
The driver of the other car, whose name was not available from police, has been charged with reckless driving.

[HUBBELL]


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[WRITER=MEL]
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More tapes of Webster Hubbell's jailhouse phone calls will be made public.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]


Congressman Dan Burton says he'll release the full transcripts of 54 of the taped calls, including segments in which Hubbell asserts first lady Hillary Clinton's innocence and states that he isn't taking hush money.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( HUBBELL AUDIOTAPE: THE ONLY THING IS PEOPLE SAY WHY DIDN'T SHE KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. AND I WISH SHE NEVER PAID ANY ATTENTION TO WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE FIRM. THAT'S THE GOSPEL TRUTH. SHE JUST HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON. SHE DIDN'T PARTICIPATE IN ANY OF THIS. ))
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[OUT Q=IN ANY OF THIS.]
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[VO-NAT]


Congressman Burton begam releasing the tapes last week after Hubbell was indicted on tax evasion charges.
He says he wants to show that he did not edit or doctor any of Hubbell's statements.
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[MIDEAST-TALKS]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-]
[GRAPHIC=Mideast Peace]


In London today new efforts are being made to revive the stalled Israeli- Palestinian peace process.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-London, U.K.;]


Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are holding separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
The talks are aimed at restarting the stalled middle east peace process.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER THAT'S WHAT WE WANT. BUT OF COURSE WHAT WE SEEK IS THAT BOTH SIDES AND NOT

JUST ISRAEL SHOW FLEXIBILITY. IF THAT IS THE CASE, WE'LL MAKE PROGRESS. ))
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[OUT Q=we'll make progress.]
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[VO-NAT]


The U-S has warned that it may abandon its role as mediator if the 14 month stalemate over Israeli withdrawal from the west bank continues.

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[E-Lexington-RealEstate]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-34; 40:44]
[GRAPHIC=Taxes]


It may just be a matter of pennies, but Lexington's city manager is paying close attention to detail when it comes to real estate taxes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/File Tape;]


The city's manager recently suggested a five cent increase in real estate taxes.
However, he recommended a THREE cent hike to members of the city council.
He said the differing amounts gives councilmembers more flexibility while developing the city's budget.
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[IN Q=They have approved]

((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON'S CITY MGR.: THEY HAVE APPROVED ADVERTISING A FIVE CENT INCREASE. THAT DOESN'T IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM MEAN THAT'S WHAT THEY PLAN ON DOING. BUT, IT GIVES THEM THE FLEXIBILITY TO ADD THINGS TO THE BUDGET IF THEY FEEL IT'S ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.))
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[OUT Q=it's absolutely necessary.]
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New and costly budget items may include the construction of two regional industrial parks--one just outside of Lexington and the other near Natural Bridge.

A public hearing on the five cent tax hike is scheduled for Thursday. [BRP-Development]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-25]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A new plan is in bloom thanks to a rare partnership between the Blue Ridge Parkway and a Roanoke County residential development.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

Developers say Wolf Creek-- a five community development which sits next to the Parkway-- is the first planned residential communiuty that will work with the parkway to protect its viewsheds. About one-fourth of the property will be kept as greenspace. A three acre wildflower meadow is part of the commitment.
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((STEVE MUSSELWHITE/DEVELOPER; SO PEOPLE FROM THE PARKWAY WILL LOOK OVER THIS WAY AND SEE THE WILDFLOWER MEADOW. AND WE HAVE LANDSCAPE PROTECTION ZONES THAT WE'RE BUILDING. WE'RE PLANTING A LOT OF TREES AND THINGS LIKE THAT THAT WILL PROTECT THE VIEW SHEDS. IT PROTECTS THE BACKS OF THE HOMES FROM THE PARKWAY SO THAT WHEN THEY DRIVE BY THEY'LL SEE THE BEAUTIFUL WILDFLOWER MEADOW AND THE PLANTINGS THAT WE'VE PUT OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Musselwhite/Developer;]
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[OUT Q=WE'E PUT OUT.]
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[VO-NAT]

Workshops were organized to let developers know what would-be nay sayers expected from such a community.
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((SUPER=01-LYNN DAVIS/FRIENDS OF THE PARKWAY; THE COALITION HELPED PROPERTY OWNERS TO BE EDUCATED ON THE VALUES OF THE

PARKWAY AND WHAT THEY CAN DO TO ENHANCE IT AND NOT DETRACT FROM IT.))
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[VO-NAT]

About 100-homes are scheduled for construction over the next five years. The development is seen as a role model for similar future projects.

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[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=98-33 TC: 27:22]
[GRAPHIC=Safe at School]


Weapons still appear in Roanoke Valley schools rarely.
But many say there are still enough incidents to cause concern.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Two guns have been found on William Fleming's High School campus this year alone.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


And at Northside High School, there have been a few knives discovered.
While most of the more deadly school violence incidents remain in other parts of the country, local adminstrators are hoping to stay a step ahead.
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[IN Q=oNE OF THE WAYS]

((ANN HARMON/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE THINK WE'RE KEEPING THINGS UNDER CONTROL IN THE CITY IS WITH A HIGH VISIBILITY OF OUR ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS.))
[SUPER=01-Ann Harmon/Roanoke City Schools;]
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[Talent=Melanie]


Beginning tonight, we'll hear from local students and find out what anti-violence policies area school systems have implemented.

"Safe at School" tonight on News 7 at 6. [Common-Sense]


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[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=comsen]
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The booming stock market is making some investors edgy.
But is there cause for concern?
In this week's Common Sense, Scott Goldberg reports at least one expert expects even this high market to keep growing.
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(( Now that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is trading in the nine-thousands, a lot of people are asking: Is the market too high to invest?
Investment analyst Tom Dunkenberger says there are two factors that will keep your money growing, even if you invest now while the market's high.
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["COMMON SENSE" tape]
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((TOM DUNKENBERGER/WHEAT FIRST UNION: YOU HAVE LOW INFLATION AND YOU HAVE GOOD ECONOMIC GROWTH WAGES ARE NOT GETTING OUT OF CONTROL AS FAR AS CAUSING INFLATION TO GO UP. BUT DON'T EXPECT THE 16 PERCENT RETURN GOING FORWARD. IF WE HAVE THAT, FOR THE NEXT 16 YEARS YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE DOW INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE HIT OVER 100,000 BY THE YEAR 2013. AND I DON'T THINK ANYBODY'S REALLY CALLING FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.))
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((For the last 16 years the market has gone up an average of 16 percent a year.
Dunkenberger said in historical terms, that's a really phenomenal run we've had.
That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
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[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Coming up in sports, the Bulls swat down the Hornets in Game one.
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[VO-NAT ]


Also, Jeff Gordon got off to a quick start in California, but it was another driver singing hooray for Hollywood at the end of the race. We'll have highlights, when News 7 at Noon returns.
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[Bulls]


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[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-3]
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The Hornets haven't quit buzzing for the season yet, but they are down one game against the Chicago Bulls in NBA playoffs.
Michael Jordan scored 35 and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Bulls win it 83 to 70.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC SPORTS; :00]


Dave Cowens on the bench as the game got underway.
Charlotte's Vlade Divac pulls down the rebound drives to the hoop and passes to Bobby Phills for the three and the Hornets had the lead.
But Jordan takes over. On this play the Bulls work it around the court and Jordan hits the three pointer putting the Bulls in the lead.
On this play Dennis Rodman with the back door pass
[SUPER=32-Chicago/83/Charlotte/70/;]

to Jordan he knocks it in off the glass drawing the foul and the Bulls win it 83 to 70.

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[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-1]
[GRAPHIC=NBA PLAYOFFS]


The Knicks are off to the Eastern Conference semi-finals against Indiana after Allan Houston helped New York down Miami 98 to 81
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/NBC SPORTS; :00]


Pat Riley checking out the action in the second half.
New York was red hot Charles Oakley pulls up and hits the Jumper to make it 67 to 49.
Moments later, The Knicks go to Houston he hits the jumper from the corner and New York led by 20 points after three quarters.
Miami's Tim Hardaway got hot in the fourth this three pointer cut the Knicks lead to two points.
But New York's Charlie Ward steps behind the line
[SUPER=32-New York/98/Miami/81/;]

for a three pointer and the Knicks win it 98 to 81.
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[TALENT=Patrick]

[GRAPHIC-HOLD lOGO]

Meantime, Utah beats Houston 84 to 70 to win the series 3 to 2.[Race]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-4]
[GRAPHIC=California Logo]


Mark Martin took the checkered flag in California yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fontana, CA/ESPN; :00]


Jeff Gordon took off like a bullet from the pole, but with over 200 laps left to go Jeremey Mayfield made his way to the front.
South Boston's Ward Burton was having a good run he was in fifth place with 191 laps left in the race.
Dale Jarrett blew an engine and his run was over for the day.
Then a moment later the second caution came out when Bill Elliott hits the wall at the top of the track Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt were collected in the Crash. Petty was out but Earnhardt returned. The race was red flagged for about 30 minuets.
Martin picked up the bonus money as he was leading the race at the halfway point and Martin was up front with 100 laps to go.
Then with 35 laps left Ken Schrader, Sterling Marlin, Jimmy Spencer and John Andretti get together coming out of turn four bringing out the caution.
Martin was way ahead of that wreck and he would hold off Jeremy Mayfield to win the California 500.
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Mayfield was second, Terry Labonte third Jeff Gordon fourth and Darrell Waltrip fifth.[Lacrosse]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke College]


Make that bid number three.
The Roanoke college mens lacrosse team garnered their third straight N-C-double-A bid.
The Maroons will host Washington College for the second time this year on Wednesday at Roanoke College.
The Maroons are ranked 11-th and they beat Washington earlier in the season.
[GRAPHIC=W & L LACROSSE]


Washington and Lee is also in the tournament the Generals will play Denison.

[Beanie-Border]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


U-S Customs agents along the Canadian border are on the lookout for Beanie Babies.
The stuffed toys are now considered contraband and Americans are only allowed to bring in one Beanie Baby per trip across the U-S Canadian border.
The goal of the policy is to keep the company that makes Beanie Babies from competing against itself in another country. Customs officials warn if you try to smuggle in Beanies, they could be confiscated and cut to pieces.