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American war planes attack Iraq and four Iraqi soldiers are dead.
The president is calling it self-defense.
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We'll have a live report coming up on next on News 7.
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Coming up in weather, the local forecast includes rain and snow mixed, the Nashville forecast is chilly and wet. Details just ahead.

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On health check -- The surviving Texas octuplets remain in critical condition today.
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And the movie that took top honors in theaters this weekend has a local medical tie-in.
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[2-SHOT] News 7 at 5 is next.

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Four Iraqi soldiers were killed and seven more wounded as U-S warplanes open fire on Iraq.
Both sides are now blaming each other.
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President Clinton is defending the latest U-S action in Iraq -- which came he said -- after Iraqi troops provoked American soldiers - in the northern part of the country.
Iraq claims the US was the aggressor.
Jonathan Freed is live in Washington with the latest on the situation.
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Authorities have captured five of the six inmates who escaped from a Tennessee prison.
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The inmates broke out of the Riverbend maximum security prison yesterday morning.
They fled after overpowering a couple of guards who let them out to distribute meals for Ramadan--a muslim holy day.

Those re-captured include convicted murderer William Kirk Riley, Billy Jackson Coffelt and suspected murderer Michael Wayne Perry.
Authorities are still searching for the last escapee.
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A construction worker from Dublin fell 45- to 50 feet inside a concrete pillar that will one day be part of the so called "Smart Road".
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Authorities say 37- year old Wesley Burford was working inside the pillar when he slipped and fell this morning... landing on his feet in a pool of water.
The pillar will one day support a bridge that will cut through Ellett Valley.
Burford was trapped inside for more than an hour before rescue crews were able to get him to safety.
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((COLEN BISHOP/CHRISTIANSBURG RESCUE SQUAD: IT WAS COOL, WET, ABOUT SIX INCHES OF WATER ON THE GROUND, WOOD, BLOCKS, CONCRETE LAYING AROUND, BASICALLY WE TOOK THE PATIENT LOADED HIM UP AND BROUGHT HIM UP. ))
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Authorities say Burford was wearing a safety harness but they aren't certain if it was properly hooked up.
No word yet on his condition.
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A woman from Troutville died in an accident on Route 460 this morning.
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It happened in Elliston just before 11 a-m.
Authorities say the driver collided with a truck and died shortly afterward.
Police identified the driver as 51-year-old Vicki Suzanne Hopkins; the accident is under investigation.
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An early morning fire destroyed a house in Roanoke County.
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It was the home of Agnes and Darren Skellington, in the 800 block of Commander Drive.
They were away visiting relatives in New England.
Their house caught fire about four this morning. A newspaper carrier saw flames coming through the roof and called the fire department.
Authorities estimated damage at about 150-thousand dollars. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.
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At Melrose Towers this morning, firefighters put out a small fire in a wastebasket that filled part of the 7th floor with smoke. No injuries, there.
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About 70-thousand Virginia Power customers in central and eastern Virginia are STILL without power, despite three straight all-night efforts by repair crews.
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The effects of the storm that downed trees and power lines have been felt for almost a week now.
The worst news comes from the Virginia Department of Health today.
It reports three elderly people, each living alone near Richmond, died of hypothermia caused by power outages.
Two other deaths in the Richmond area are also being investigated as hypothermia- related.
At the height of the power outages last week, 310-thousand power customers were without power-- the worst statewide outage in five years.
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Still ahead on News 7, Roanoke's rocket is on the move once again.
Well tell you where it's landed in a live report up next.
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And, if you didn't get your Christmas gift from the I-R-S, you can bet those tax forms are in the mail.
We'll have some year-ending tax tips to help you out.
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And on Healthcheck ...we'll head to Pocahontas County, West Virginia and talk with the real Dr. Patch Adams.
That's all coming up when the news continues. [cc sponsor]
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The rocket rolled through Roanoke today, on its way to a new home near the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
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And that's where Joe Dashiell is tonight.
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Lynchburg received a belated Christmas present today.. in the form of a check from the state of Virginia.
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Natural Resources secretary John Paul Woodley presented the city with a check for three and a half million dollars.


The money will help pay to revamp the city's sewer system.. a project that's expected to cost 270 million dollars and take 20 years to complete.
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((PETE WARREN/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WE ARE EAGER TO PUT TODAY'S GRANT TO WORK TO IMPROVE THE WATER QUALITY OF THE JAMES RIVER AND THE CHESAPEAKE BAY, AS WELL AS BETTER PROTECT THE HEALTH OF OUR CITIZENS.))
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Lynchburg is under a federal mandate to overhaul its sewers to prevent solid waste from overflowing into the James River.
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You probably won't file your tax returns for at least another couple of months.
But if you want to take advantage of some year-end tax specials, you should act now.
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If you convert your old retirement account into a Roth I-R-A before Thursday, you can spread out income tax payments over the next four years.
But you won't be able to deduct your I-R-A contributions from this year's tax returns.
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One local accountant said it's a good idea to convert your account if you're younger than 50 and you expect your income to grow.
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((GARY DUERK: IF YOU THINK YOUR MARGINAL INCOME RATE WILL BE LOWER, THEN YOU PROBABLY OUGHT TO LET YOUR TRADITIONAL IRA ALONE.))
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Also this year, you will be able to claim deductions if you have kids AND if you're paying for a college education.

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Older Americans can rest assured..
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The President says the Y-2-K bug will NOT disrupt the flow of Social Security checks.
At a press conference today Clinton said experts have tested the Social Security's computer system and it's working fine and should NOT have a problem come the year 2000.
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But what exactly IS the Y2K bug? And could it affect you in other ways?
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The computer glitch could shut down or damage some systems on January first, 2000, and that could affect many things we take for granted.
Find out more about Y2K as we begin a special series... "Battling The Bug" tonight on News 7 at Six.
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Up next--Americans and Russians climbed aboard the Mir Space Station earlier this year, but the joint venture didn't last long.
And, John Glenn made history once again.
We'll have a wrap-up of the year's headlines from outer space when the news continues.

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John Glenn made headlines this year--returning to space 36 years after his first flight.
Maureen Maher takes a look back at this year's Discovery space shuttle mission and other highlights from outer space.
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((AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF OBSCURITY--THE FINAL FRONTEIR SHOT TO THE FOREFRONT OF NEWS IN 1998...
(Crews hugging and waving goodbye)

AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS SAID THEIR FINAL GOODBYES TO THE VENERABLE MIR SPACE STATION.
THEIR RUSSIAN COUNTERPARTS WILL REMAIN ABOARD UNTIL THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CAN BE MANNED.
IN OCTOBER, THE FIRST AMERICAN TO ORBIT THE EARTH BECAKE THE OLDEST ASTRONAUT IN SPACE.
77-YEAR OLD JOHN GLENN VOLUNTEERED TO BE A HUMAN GUINEA PIG, BECOMING THE SUBJECT OF NUMEROUS EXPERIMENTS WHILE FLYING ABOARD THE SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY.
BESIDES THE SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCHES, THERE WERE OTHER VEHICLES THAT ROCKETED OBJECTS INTO HISTORY...MOST WERE SUCCESSFUL, LIKE THE MAY LAUNCH OF A NEW GENERATION OF WEATHER SATELLITES.
OTHERS, THOUGH, WENT DOWN IN FLAMES, LIKE THE ROCKET THAT BLEW UP FORTY SECONDS AFTER LAUNCH WHILE CARRYING A CLASSIFIED SPY SATELLITE.
IT WAS A CASE OF BACK TO THE FUTURE AS NASA'S EXPLORER, THE LUNAR PROSPECTOR, REACHED ITS ORBIT AROUND THE MOON.
STAR TREK FANS WERE PLEASED TO SEE THE LAUNCH OF DEEP SPACE ONE, A GALACTIC EXPLORER WITH ITS ON ENGINE THAT WILL TEST NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR 21ST CENTURY SPACECRAFT.
EARCH ORBITING SATELLITES PROVIDED NEW LOOKS INTO OUR PLANET'S WEATHER, INCLUDING 3-D PICTURES OF LIFE-THREATENING STORMS LIKE HURRICANE GEORGES.
BUT PERHAPS THE MOST EXCITING EVENT OF THE YEAR IN SPACE WAS THE LONG-AWAITED JOINING OF RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN MODULES TO FORM THE FIRST ELEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.
OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE WORLD CLASS RESEARCH LABORATORY WILL GROW IN SIZE TO THE LENGTH OF ONE FOOTBALL FIELD AND TWICE AS WIDE. FOR NOW THOUGH, THE FIRST ASSEMBLY MISSION OF THE 16 NATION LAB WAS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION BOTH ON THE GROUND AND IN SPACE.
MAUREEN MAHER, CBS NEWS, CHICAGO.))


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Steve Mason will be along in a few minutes with a live report from Nashville as players and fans gear up for the American General Music City Bowl.
And, next on health check -- we'll have an update on the condition of the surviving Texas octuplets.
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And..
We'll meet the real life star of the number one movie in the country.
Patch Adams is a big box office money maker, but profits have never driven this man of medicine.
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((DR. PATCH ADAMS: THE WORST PROBLEM IN OUR SOCIETY IS OUR LUST FOR THINGS, GREED IS THE MODERN GOD. AND SO WE'RE TAKING THE MOST EXPENSIVE THING IN AMERICA AND GIVING IT AWAY FOR FREE.))
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The seven remaining octuplets are still in critical condition today.
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The youngest had abdominal surgery yesterday and is still recovering while two others are hooked up to ventilators.


The smallest of the bunch--Odera which means, "with God in Heaven"-- only weighed 10 ounces and died yesterday from heart and lung failure.
Their mother is now in stable condition and is expected to be released from the hospital some time this week.
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The number one movie at the box office this weekend has a link to Virginia.
Patch Adams opened nationwide Christmas day with an estimated take of 25-point-three million dollars.
The film stars Robin Williams as a medical student with a funny bedside manner.
But did you know the real life Patch Adams is a Virginia doctor?
News 7 spoke to the man behind the spotlight a few years ago and found Patch Adams personifies the clich´┐Ż, laughter is the best medicine.
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Adams attended the Medical College of Virginia in the late 1960's and early 1970s. He was constantly at odds with his professors and breaking rules that he saw as M-C-V's code of professional coldness towards patients. So he combined his devotion to medicine with his love for fun and created a hospital like no other. Deep in the woods of Pocahontas County, West Virginia Adams' dream -- a still under construction health care village called Gesundheit Institute.
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((DR. PATCH ADAMS: A DOCTOR A NURSE, THEY WANT TIME WITH PATIENTS, THEY WANT TO SPEND TIME AND GET CLOSE AND TO CARE ABOUT THAT PERSON AND TO OFFER CARE, EVEN MAKE HOUSE CALLS. TO HAVE THAT RICH EXCHANGE, MEDICINE'S ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS, IT'S NOT A BUSINESS.)) [RUNS:15]
[OUT Q=not a business.]

At Gesundheit doctors live with patients in a utopian commune. There is no malpractice insurance and care is free for those who can't afford to pay. It's a place where the sick can be surrounded by nature in a peaceful setting that's anything but conventional.
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((DR. PATCH ADAMS: WE'RE NOT THE ANSWER TO AMERICA'S HEALTHCARE PROBLEMS, WE ARE A STIMULANT AND AN IRRITANT, WE WANT TO IRRITATE ANYBODY WHO THINKS THEY CAN'T DREAM BIG.)) [RUNS:10]
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Adams dreams of completing Gesundheit are closer to becoming a reality. Universal Pictures has donated 500-thousand dollars to help market the hospital.


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Virginia Tech is one day away from its sixth straight post-season appearance.

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The Hokies have made final preparations and are ready for the American General Music City Bowl.
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Steve Mason joins us from Nashville with the latest report on the Hokies.
Steve?..
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People in Miami were getting in the spirit of the holiday season and looking back at the year gone by..
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The parade is called the "King Mango Strut."
This year's event included a Monica Lewinsky and Hillary Clinton look-a-like contest.
The woman who won top honors for looking like Monica Lewinsky got free dry-cleaning among other things.
The festivities included a lot of political humor.
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and a float with a band sang a musical tribute to Viagra.
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