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(( They took evasive action, returned fire on the missile sight and returned safely to their base in Turkey." ))
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The U-S launches new attacks at Iraq in defense of Iraqi agression.
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And the lights are slowing coming back on in portions of Virginia hit by ice storms.
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Today's weather is much calmer, with just a few icy areas in the higher elevations.
A low pressure system to our south promises to keep clouds and light showers around through tomorrow.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Tonya]
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The U-S strikes again at Iraq.
The Pentagon says earlier today two American warplanes launched missiles and bombs at an Iraqi anti-aircraft site in response to Iraqi fire.
President Clinton says at the time the U-S and Britian were enforcing the no fly zone over northern Iraq.
The Pentagon says the U-S planes fired both missiles and precision-guided bombs.
President Clinton calls it self defense pure and simple.
The Iraqis tell a different story.
They say the U-S planes attacked first and that Iraqi planes fired back in response.
Iraq also claims four of its soldiers were killed and seven others injured.
Byron Pitts has the latest from Baghdad.
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((THE U.S. IS CALLING IT AN ACT OF SELF DEFENSE. Around NOON IN IRAQ, OFFICIALS SAY AMERICAN WARPLANES WERE FIRED ON BY IRAQI SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES. U.S. PILOTS fired back AT THE AIR DEFENSE SITE BEFORE RETURNING TO AT A HOME BASE IN TURKEY.
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THEY TOOK APPROPRIATE ACTION...THEY WERE ATTACKED. IRAQ is calling IT AN UNPROVOKED ACT OF AGRESSION - THAT AMERICANS FIRED FIRST. It claims that FOUR IRAQI SOLDIERS WERE KILLED IN THE ATTACK AND SEVEN OTHERS INJURED. THE EXCHANGE TOOK PLACE IN THE NO-FLY ZONE OVER NORTHERN IRAQ. THE ZONE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1991 TO PROTECT IRAQI KURDS AFTER A FAILED UPRISING AGAINST SADDAM HUSSEIN. U.S. AND BRITISH JETS HAVE BEEN PATROLLING THE NO FLY ZONE SINCE THE END OF THE PERSIAN GULF WAR. BYRON PITTS, CBS NEWS BAGHDAD.))

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[Rocket]


[ANCHOR=Tonya]
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Roanoke's rocket is on the move again.
Today it is headed to its new home near the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
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That's where Joe Dashiell is this afternoon.
Has it arrived yet?
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(Question: This is part of the rail walk. How's the rest of the project coming along?)


[Monty-Fall]


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It took rescue crews in Montgomery County about an hour to free a trapped construction worker.
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The man fell approximately 60- feet inside a concrete pillar around 10- fifteen, this morning.
The bridge is part of the "Smart Road" and is located on Ellett Road between Blacksburg and Christiansburg.
Crews from both jurisdictions worked to free the man.
He was flown about fifteen minutes ago by LifeGuard 10 to the hospital.
No word on his condition.
We'll have more on NEWS 7 at five and six.
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[Melrose-Towers]


[ANCHOR=Tonya]
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A fire forced people to leave their rooms for a while at Melrose Towers in Roanoke this morning.
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A chair caught fire and filled part of the seventh floor with smoke.
Firefighters responded quickly and had things under control within minutes.
No word on how the fire started.
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[VA-Storm-Damage]


[ANCHOR=Tonya]
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[WRITER=dse]
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Residents in Central and Eastern Virginia woke up to cold, dark houses and the sound of chainsaws.
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The cleanup is continuing from last week's ice storm.
The number of Virginia Power customers still in the dark now stands at just over 80-thousand.
Governor Gilmore says he has decided NOT to declare a state of emergency because he doesn't want to activate the National Guard for what is mostly a power outage situation.
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((AT THIS POINT BECAUSE IT IS A POWER PROBLEM PRIMARILY, AND REQUIRES THE REASSEMBLY AND REATTACHMENT AND POWER SITUATIONS, WE WANT TO ASSIST VIRGINIA POWER IN THAT EFFORT AND THE NATIONAL GUARD WOULD NOT BE IN ITS MOST PRODUCTIVE USE IN DOING THAT.))
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Some Virginia Power customers won't have electricity until the middle of the week.
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[WESTERN-WX]


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Heavy snow in northwestern Washington state has workers struggling to reopen two major passes in the Cascade Mountains.
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[7:25:25]
The risk of avalanches has stranded at least four- thousand holiday travelers who'd been heading home.
12 to 18 inches of snow was expected overnight in the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.
The bad weather has also knocked out power to hundreds in the Portland, Oregon, area.
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Three convicted felons are still on the run in Tennessee.
Up next on News-7 at Noon, we'll have the latest on the search.
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And another search is underway this afternoon off the coast of Australia.
Six sailors are missing after bad weather broke up an international yacht race.
But first lets get a check on our weather from Kimberly McBroom.
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[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro]
We've been seeing a few peeks of sunshine today, but expect skies to stay mostly cloudy through tomrrow.
Temperatures, meanwhile are warming up to fairly seasonable number....
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[PRISON-ESCAPE]


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The manhunt continues in eastern Tennessee for three of six inmates who broke out of a maximum security prison in Nashville yesterday.
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Three of the escapees were re-captured late last night and early this morning.
Two of the men still on the loose are convicted killers.
The six escaped after overpowering two guards.
It happened when two of the inmates, one armed with a homemade knife, were let out of their cells to distribute meals for Ramadan.
One of the recaptured inmates is reportedly given authorities information they're using in the search.
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Off the coast of Australia this afternoon rescuers are searching for several sailors.
They were taking part in a 725 miles yacht race this morning when their boats were swept away by high seas and gale force winds.
Two sailors are confirmed dead and six are still missing.
Authorities say it's the worst tragedy in the races 54 year history.
Mark Harlin reports.
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One of Roanoke's most well known ministers hangs up his robe.
That story is up next on News-7 at Noon.
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And a disappointing season comes to a disappointing end for the Redskins.
Sport is still ahead.
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An update on an earlier story-- authorities have now captured two of the remaining three escaped Tennessee inmates.

In other news, After 37-years in the church pulpit, Noel C. Taylor is officially retired.
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The long time pastor of High Street Baptist Church is in the midst of a battle with prostate cancer, the same disease that put an end to his career as mayor of Roanoke. But the reverend is feeling anything but sorry for himself.
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((NOEL TAYLOR/HIGH STREET BAPTIST PASTOR; FOR ALL OF THOSE BLESSINGS AND FOR THE KINDNESSES SHOWN BY THE CITIZENS OF THIS VALLEY, I WANT TO SAY THANKS TO THEM AND I WANT TO SAY THANKS BE TO GOD.))
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Church members say Taylor will be sorely missed and that his shoes will be hard to fill.
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((EUNICE MORRISON/CHOIR MEMBER; FOR INSTANCE REVEREND TAYLOR CAME AND VISITED ME WHEN I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL ONCE A WEEK. WHEN I HAD SURGERY, IT WAS AT 5:30 IN THE MORNING AND REVEREND TAYLOR WAS THERE TO SEE ME OFF TO THE OPERATING ROOM AND WHEN THE SURGERY WAS OVER, HE CAME BACK AND CHECKED ON ME.)) ((LEWIS RUSSELL; I'M JUST SO SORRY I WAITED ALL THESE YEARS TO JOIN. SO I FIGURED THIS BEING HIS LAST SUNDAY TO PREACH, I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE THE BEST TIME NOW.))
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Taylor preached his last official sermon yesterday. But he says he will continue to be active with his congregation.
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Why should YOU worry about Y2K?
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It's a computer glitch that could affect you even if you've never owned a computer.
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((DAWNA CLEPHAS/Y2K CONSULTANT; ANYTIME THAT YOU KEEP MONEY IN THE BANK, ANYTIME THAT YOU DRIVE YOUR CAR, ANYTIME THAT YOU BUY ANY PRODUCT OFF THE SHELF IN THE STORE, EVEN IF IT'S JUST SALT AND BUTTER, THAT HAD GET THERE SOMEWHERE, ))
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And transportation is just one of the networks that could be affected by Y2K... what happens if it hits the power companies?
Tonight on News 7 Eric Earnhart takes a look at problems and solutions...
Don't miss Battling The Bug, tonight on News 7 at Six.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 20 points.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And still ahead in sports--
The Panthers may have won yesterday, but it wasn't enough to save coach Dom Capers' job.
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And the Music City Bowl is just a day away.
Steve Mason will check in from Nashville next.
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[Bowl]


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The Virginia Tech Hokies are just a day away from their matchup with Alabama in the first ever Music City Bowl.
Steve Mason has the team's pre-game action from Nashville.
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[Skins]


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The Washington Redskins made a trip to Dallas yesterday to take on the Cowboys.
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The Redskins trailed 3 to nothing, before Trent Green rolls out and throws the 6 yard touchdown pass to Leslie Shepherd. Washington goes on top 7 to 3.
But the Cowboys answered-- Troy Aikman hands off to Emmitt Smith. He scores from the two yard line for his 124-th career rushing touchdown and the Cowboys led 10 to 7.
Then later in the second half, Smith gets the call again. This time he breaks tackles at the line of
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scrimmage and dives over at the one yard line for the score to make it 17 to 7. Dallas goes on to win it 23 to 7.
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[Panthers]


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Four NFL coaches are out of a job today.
The Chicago Bears fired Dave Wanndstedt, the Eagles fired Ray Rhoades and sources say the Baltimore Ravens have given Ted Marchibroda the heave-ho.
Dom Capers is also looking for a new job this afternoon.
The Carolina Panthers fired him this morning after the team compiled it's worst record in it's four year existence.


Yesterday, Carolina won its fourth game of the season with a 27 to 19 win over Indianapolis.
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The Panthers and Colts hooked up for the first time since 19-95.
Indianapolis would take the lead in the second quarter. Peyton Manning finds Marcus Pollard on the 44 yard touchdown pass play to make it 13 to 3 Colts.
The Colts would lead by the same score at the half, but the Panthers struck on the kickoff to open the third.
Watch Michael Bates break tackles along the sideline. He'll take it up the field on his way to a 99 yard kickoff return-- giving the Panthers a 20 to 16 lead.
The Panthers iced the win when Tim (Bee-acka-batooka) Biakabatuka
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takes the handoff and bounces outside for the 5 yard touchdown run.
Carolina wins it 27 to 19.
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[Falcons]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The Atlanta Falcons earned a first round bye in the playoffs with a 38 to 16 whipping of the Miami Dolphins.
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Dolphin Coach Jimmy Johnson was pacing the sideline.
On the first play, Chris Chandler hooks up with O.J. Santiago on the 62 yard touchdown pass play. The Falcons jumped out to the early 7- nothing lead.
Leading 14 to nothing, Falcon's defensive back Ronnie Bradford picks off this Dan Marino pass and returns it 11 yards for the score. Atlanta would lead 21- nothing.
Falcon's running back Jamal Anderson rushed for 103
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yards and one touchdown as the Falcons go on to win it 38 to 16. They finish up at 14 and 2-- the best record in team history.
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[Hoops]


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On to college hoops, where Chris William's 26 points led the Virginia Cavaliers to a 72 to 64 home win over Delaware.
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While in Maryland, another A-C-C team was in action. The Terps played host to South Carolina State.
Maryland's defense forces this turnover and Laron Profit gets down the floor for the jam and two of his game high 24 points.
Moments later, the Terps block this shot leading to
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another break. Steve Francis gets the dunk for two of his 21 points, and Maryland wins it 104 to 70.
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