[Mitch]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Hurrican Mitch]


The still- powerful Hurricane Mitch is spinning off the coast of Honduras.
The storm has decreased somewhat in strength, but not enough for the Caribbean to avoid flooding rains and dangerous winds.
Byron Pitts has the latest.
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[WX-One]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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(Toss to Patrick in Chroma Key)



[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[CK/WX-PRO=]MITCH LOOP

MITCH STATS MITCH STRIKE TODAY' FORECAST

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[Glenn-Daughter]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Discovery Launch]


The forecast looks promising for tomorrow's scheduled launch of space shuttle 'Discovery'.
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NASA weather experts say the launch is now 100- percent to go, as Hurricane Mitch moves farther away from Florida.


The 'Discovery' mission will carry 77-year- old veteran astronaut John Glenn.
Meanwhile, Glenn's daughter says it's an understatment to say that her father is looking forward to the trip.
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[SOT 10:23:43]
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((LYN GLENN/JOHN GLENN'S DAUGHTER: I CAN'T EVEN FIND WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE HAPPINESS THAT DAD EXPRESSES NOW AND THE LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE AND EXCITEMENT.))
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John Glenn's return to space comes 36 years after he first orbited the earth.
'Discovery's nine- day mission will focus on the effects of weightlessness on the body and how they may relate to human aging on Earth.
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[L'Burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=dse]
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[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal]


Whether it's a lack of parking or a shortage of things to do, downtown Lynchburg is "not" a popular destination for tourists OR residents.
But city council hopes to change that with a newly approved riverfront revitalization plan will change all that.

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The idea is to make downtown more attractive.. not just to tourists, but to city residents who normally avoid the area.
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((MICHELLE STELLMON/BUSINESS OWNER: HAVING BEEN DOWN HERE, I KNOW THAT MY BEST CUSTOMERS HAVE BEEN PEOPLE FROM OUT OF TOWN. WE REALLY NEED TO BRING THE AWARENESS TO OUR TOWN.))
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Lynchburg hopes to add the some cosmetic touches-- new benches, lighting and sidewalks-- as well as keeping restaraunts and shops open later.
Of course it will cost money.. at least a million dollars a year for the next five years.
City council approved the concept Tuesday.. how to fund it will be decided later.
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[County-Supers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=jda]
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[GRAPHIC=Roanoke County]


The plans for a new Roanoke County high school may have dominated recent headlines, but last night parents pushing another school construction project took their case to the Board of Supervisors.
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They support the renovation and expansion of Glenvar Middle School... a project that is also part of the first phase of planned school improvements
Though the pricetag now exceeds orginial estimates by more than two million dollars, supporters are urging the supervisors to find the funding.
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[SOT 06:10:18]
[IN Q=And when we did the math.]

((AND WHEN WE DID THE MATH AND MADE THOSE COMPARISONA, WE WERE ABLE TO DETERMINE THAT THE COST AND SCOPE OF THIS PROJECT IS NOT OUT OF LINE AND I BELIEVE IF YOU EXMAINE ALL OF THAT INFORMATION, YOU'LL REACH THAT CONCLUSION, TOO. SO THEN IF WE KNOW THAT THE NEED IS REAL, THE COST IS REASONABLE, THEN I GUESS THE QUESTION IS, CAN THE COUNTY AFFORD IT? BUT I WOULD ASK YOU, HOW CAN WE AFFORD NOT TO FULLY FUND THIS PROJECT.))
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[OUT Q=not to fully fund this project.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Last night, the supervisors also dealt with the controversial Comprehensive Plan.
They delayed final approval until January, to give the Roanoke Regional Homebuilders and other critics an opportunity to review the document, and take part in a December work session.

[S-Private-Robb]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-68 34:54]
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The Army officer portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie "Saving Private Ryan..."
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may be embodied by Virginia's junior Senator.
An article in the November issue of "George" profiles six U-S Senators with combat experience, first among them: Chuck Robb.
More than serving in the Senate, even more than serving as Governor of Virginia, Robb says: serving as a Marine infantry company commander- -in combat- -in Vietnam- -was the "defining experience" of his life.
"This platoon of warriors"- -which also includes 11 House members- -deserves our respect," says the author of the article, "for risking their lives for us, for showing that Vietnam veterans, so often maligned and marginalized in the media... are in fact at the forefront of our society...."
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[Mideast-Peace]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Mideast Peace]


The U-S is urging the Israelis and Palestinians to make their new peace agreement take effect next week, as promised.
But today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu postponed a crucial Cabinet meeting to approve the peace deal.

Netanyahu said the Palestinians had failed to present a detailed plan for stopping extremist attacks against Israel.
But he downplayed the postponement.
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((BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: IT'S NOT SERIOUS, AT ALL. WE'RE WAITING TO RECEIVE--WE AGREED IN WYE THAT WE'D HAVE WITHIN A WEEK THE WORKLINE WOULD BE COMPLETED, AND WE'RE WAITING FOR THAT. IT'S PART OF THE AGREEMENT.))
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Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat expressed confidence that Israel WILL carry out its part of the agreement.
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((YASSER ARAFAT/PALESTINIAN LEADER: I THINK THAT WHAT HAS BEEN SIGNED WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ACCURATELY. ))
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Arafat was greeted by crowds of people waving flags to welcome him home.
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[Plane-Hijack]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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An Air China jet pilot was apparently unhappy with his life AND his job.
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So, hijacked his OWN passenger plane, with 104 people on board, including his wife.
The plane was flying out of Beijing, but was diverted, and landed safely under military jet escort at Taiwan's main international airport.
Police escorted the pilot off the aircraft.
No one was injured.
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[Gymnast-Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu has reached a settlement with her parents.
The agreement comes one week after the 17-year- old ran away from home and sued her parents for her independence.
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Dominique and her attorney suspected that her trust fund was spent on a four- million- dollar gym and other business ventures her PARENTS controlled.
But after winning her case, her parents agreed to declare her a legal adult.
Dominique will now have control over her finances and direct access to her trust fund.
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[Forest-Fires]


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[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
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[GRAPHIC=Forest Fire Danger]


The Jefferson and George Washington National Forests are snuffing out campfires.
As of Friday, no campfires will be allowed in the forests because the extremely dry weather has increased the danger of forest fires.
Smoking will also be banned unless the smoker is in a vehicle or building.
Stoves, grills and lanterns that use liquid fuel will be allowed though.
The restrictions will remain in place until heavy rain soaks the ground.

[E-Lake-Water]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-64 44:15]
[GRAPHIC=Smith Mtn. Lake]


A new Smith Mountain Lake water quality group is on the job..
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These experts in science, health and business now want to make sure the lake water stays clean.
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They plan to monitor construction, livestock and boats that pollute the water.
They also want to present test results from the Health Department, Ferrum College and the D-E-Q so the public doesn't panic.
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[IN Q=The quality of the lake]

((PAUL CALHOUN/SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE CHAMBER PARTNERSHIP: THE QUALITY OF THE LAKE IS GOOD. THERE AREN'T ANY SERIOUS PROBLEMS RIGHT NOW. AND IF THERE ARE SERIOUS PROBLEMS THAT MAY OCCUR IN THE FUTURE, WE'RE GOING TO GET A HANDLE ON THEM NOW AND MAKE SURE THEY DON'T BECOME A REALITY. THAT'S THE NUMBER ONE HOPE FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.))
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In the past, businesses have lost money when reports of E-Coli at the lake scared customers away.
The group meets again on November 16th.
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[E-Parkway-Trees]


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[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=98-70 33:01]
[GRAPHIC=Blue Ridge Parkway]


Children, students and business people are joining in to make the view from the Blue Ridge Parkway a little greener.
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Friends of the Parkway is spearheading an effort to preserve the area's view-shed and ecology by planting trees.
With help from local children, Roanoke College, and some area businesses, several trees were planted near Milepost 125 yesterday.
Friends of the Parkway says the children are a pivotal part of ongoing preservation, because they can teach the next generation the importance of protecting natural areas.
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[News-Zealand]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]


It's round TWO of flooding rains within a week in New Zealand--
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[SUPER=03-Wellington, New Zealand;]


Officials have ordered evacuations.
The flood waters broke gas, telephone, and power lines-- ruptured water and sewage pipes, and even knocked down bridges.
Two- and- a- half inches of rain fell in just three hours.
Another eight inches of rain is expected over the next day.
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[NHL]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
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The Flyers made St. Louis blue last night in the city of brotherly love.
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Philadelphia took its opportunities and flew with them.
Trailing 1-nothing in the first, the Flyers Rod Brindamour gets the rebound and
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puts its home on the power play to tie the game at 1.
Then, early in the second period, Dan McGillis off the face off from the point slaps it home, beating St. Louis goalie Jamie McClennan and the Flyers silence the Blues 2-1.

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[GRAPHIC=Express]


The Roanoke Express will skate back on the ice Friday at Richmond, after going almost two weeks without a game.
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After 10 days on the Injured Reserved with a fractured index finger, goalie Dave Gagnon will return tomorrow.
Gags has been practicing with the team for a week and a half. Another player will now go on the IR or be cut to keep the roster at 20.
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[Gretna]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=cwh]
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[GRAPHIC=Girls hoops]


On the hardwood last night, the Chatham Cavaliers paid a visit to Gretna.
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Gretna got on the board early. Amy Cook finds a cutting Twyla Irvin. She lays it in for 2 of her 14 points. Chatham would keep it close for awhile. Asia
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Horton finds Nitaya Bennett on the right side who hits the jumper. But, the Lady Hawks kept pushing. Cook dishes to Latoya Slayton, and she gets two.
Cook led the way with 20 and Gretna wins 60-to-44.
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[Radford]


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The Big South preseason basketball polls were released yesterday, with two local squads leading the way.
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On the mens side, defending conference champs the Radford Highlanders are being picked to repeat. UNC Asheville is the second pick. The Liberty Flames are fifth.
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Radford guard Leslie Ballard is a pre season all conference pick, as is teammate and RU center Ryan Charles, who helped the Highlanders advance to their first-ever NCAA tourney last year.
For the women, Liberty is sitting at number one, and gunning for a third straight trip to the NCAA's. Radford comes in second.
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The Lady Flames Elena Kisseleva is the preseason conference MVP. The forward led Liberty to an undefeated regular season last year.
Radford guard, Lori Mitchell is a preseason all Big South selection as well.
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Liberty sophomore guard Sharon Wilkerson is also a preseason conference pick.

[Staples]


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[GRAPHIC=NBA]


Negotiations continue today between players and owners in the NBA. Patrick Henry grad Curtis Staples is taking advantage of the time off, and finding the key to some local kids hearts.


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College basketball's all-time three point king visited Stonewall Jackson Middle School yesterday.
His message was in line with the school's "Drug Awareness Week", but he told the kids to do more than just say no.
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As soon as the NBA lockout ends, Staples is headed to Chicago where he has been told he will be given every opportunity to become a member of the Bulls.
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