[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A massive rescue operation saves dozens of lives, after a treacherous storm cuts short a popular 700-mile yacht race off the Australian coast.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the U-S planes to keep the pressure on Saddam Hussein after an exchange of missile fire with Iraqis.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Cloudy skies this morning, with widely scattered showers.
We'll likely see more rain today, as a strong cold front moves in.
And in West Virginia-- more snow.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[IRAQ]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Attack]


President Clinton vows to keep up the military pressure on Saddam Hussein following the latest missile exchange over Iraq's no-fly zone.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


Officials say U-S warplanes fought back after being fired upon by Iraqi surface-to-air missiles monday.
Iraq claims four of its soldiers were killed.
This latest skirmish comes on the heels of four days of American and British air strikes against Iraq.
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[SOT]

[yesterday's 10 newspath 10:35:10 or 10:40:28]
[IN Q=]

((PRESIDENT CLINTON: NO FLY ZONES HAVE BEEN AND WILL REMAIN AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR CONTAINMENT POLICY. BECAUSE WE EFFECTIVELY CONTROL THE SKIES OVER MUCH OF IRAQ, SADDAM HAS BEEN UNABLE TO USE AIR POWER TO REPRESS HIS OWN PEOPLE OUR LASH OUT AT HIS OWN NEIGHBORS. OUR PILOTS HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES IF THEY ARE THREATENED OR ATTACKED. ))
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=are threatened or attack.]
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[VO-NAT]


The iraqi government has never officially recognized the no-fly zones since they were established nearly 10-years ago.
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[YACHT-RACE]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Australia has called off one of its biggest sea rescue operations ever after high winds and seas ravaged a yacht race.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Derwent River, Australia]


At least four sailors are dead and two are missing and presumed dead.
Ninety- mile- an- hour winds and towering seas turned yachts into bathtub toys yesterday, flipping them over and snapping their masts.
Military helicopters hovered over 35- foot swells to hoist dozens of sailors to safety.
[SUPER=03-Hobart, Australia;]


The 725-mile race continued despite the worst tragedy in its 54- year history.
Of the 115 yachts that entered, 59 were forced out and some were abandoned.
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[S-Va-Storm-Damage]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-75 1:45:03]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


Virginia Power says it's the worst ice storm to hit the state in five years-- if you measure it on the number and duration of power outages.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co.]


About 55-thousand homes and businesses are still in the dark this morning despite several all-night efforts by Virginia Power crews.
But it's the cold that's been a killer.
The State Medical Examiner has confirmed three deaths of elderly people in the Richmond area were caused by hypothermia.
Each was discovered by neighbors, alone in their homes without power.
Two more Virginia deaths are being investigated as hypothermia-related.
At the height of the Christmas Eve storm, 310-thousand customers were without power, mostly in central and eastern Virginia.
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[E-Rocket]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-70 1:49:21]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It took more than ten years, but Roanoke's rocket finally followed the transportation museum downtown.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The rocket rolled through city streets yesterday on the way to its new home next to the Second Street Bridge.
Removed from Wasena Park a few months ago, the rocket had been under cover, while it was repainted and repaired.

(/////SOT/////)
[SOT ]
[IN Q=They just didn't design]

((RALPH SMITH: THEY JUST DIDN'T DESIGN IT TO SIT AROUND FOR 35 YEARS. WE HOPE THAT IT WILL BE HERE AND THE NEXT GENERATION WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NEXT PAINT JOB.))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Smith/Ralph Smith Inc.]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=for the next paint job.]
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[VO-NAT]


Officials at the Virginia Museum of Transportation say they're pleased to have the rocket re-united with the rest of their collection.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 00:51:23]
[IN Q=The rocket coming home]

((KAY STRICKLAND: THE ROCKET COMING HOME IS A GREAT EXCITING THING FOR US. ONCE AGAIN IT'S BESIDE A BRIDGE. AND IT'S TOTALLY RESTORED THANKS TO THE CITY OF ROANOKE AND RALPH SMITH. WE'RE JUST REAL THRILLED THAT WE CAN ONCE AGAIN HAVE THIS AS A LANDMARK FOR THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE.))
[SUPER=01-Kay Strickland/Virginia Transportation Museum;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=citizens of Roanoke.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Jupiter rocket has been a Roanoke landmark for more than 30 years.
It was brought to Roanoke from Hunstville Alabama in 1965.
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[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, A U-S Olympic Committee panel holds its first meeting today to probe allegations that bribes helped Salt Lake City win the 2002 Winter Games.
Meantime, in Nashville the Hokies get read to take on Alabama in the first ever Music City Bowl.
Denise Allen has more.
Good Morning Denise.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=2:42]
[OUT Q=see ya then.]



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[E-Tax-Tips]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-72 1:22:14]
[GRAPHIC=Taxes]

[*****ANCHOR TAG*******]
If you're thinking about converting your retirement account to a Roth I-R-A, now's the time to do it.
Scott Goldberg explains why, and has some additional end-of-the-year tax tips.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=With a Roth]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :20]
[SUPER=01-Gary Duerk/Brown, Edwards and Company; :25]
[SUPER=@Scott2; :40]
[RUNS=:48]
[OUT Q=SG N7]

(([pre pro page 1]
With a Roth I-R-A, you pay taxes up front, but don't pay taxes on your earnings or withdrawals. [pre pro page 2]
If you convert your traditional I-R-A to a Roth account by Thursday, the government will let you spread out that up-front tax payment over the next four years.
But you won't be able to deduct Roth I-R-A contributions on your tax returns. [two shot]
Accountant Gary Duerk said it's probably a good idea to get a Roth if you're 50 or younger and expect your income to go up.
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[SOT 3:57]
[IN Q=if you]

((DUERK: IF YOU THINK YOUR MARGINAL INCOME RATE WILL BE LOWER, THEN YOU PROBABLY OUGHT TO LET YOUR TRADITIONAL IRA ALONE.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=ira alone]
[pre pro #4]


Some other tax tips to keep in mind this year:
In 19-98, you can deduct 400-dollars for each dependent child in your household who's younger than 17.
And you can deduct another 15-hundred for each child in college.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Thursday also is the deadline for giving charitable contributions and gifts.
You can deduct money you donate to charities.
And you can give family members gifts of up to 10-thousand dollars without paying a gift tax.

[E-Patch-Adams]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=98-77 27:24]
[GRAPHIC=none]


His patients in Virginia found him entertaining for years.
Now movie-goers across the country have shelled out 25-point-three million dollars to see the story of Patch Adams.


(/////SOT/////)
[SOT tc 12:28:06]
[IN Q=Why do you]

((WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A DOCTOR? IS IT JUST ME OR DO WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO? IT'S JUST A QUESTION, I THINK IT'S THE QUESTION.))
[SUPER=04-Universal Pictures; :00]

[RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=the question.]
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[vo-nat]
Robin Williams portrays the Virginia doctor in the film that ranked number one at the box office this weekend.
Adams attended the Medical College of Virginia 30 years ago...
He was constantly breaking rules, and finding himself at odds with professors.
[SUPER=03-Pocahontas Co., WV;]


A few years ago he told News 7 that his dream is to create a health care village in Pocahontas County, West Virginia... where there would be no malpractice insurance, and care would be free for the poor.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT ub 01:44:29]
[IN Q=We're not the]

((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.))
[SUPER=07-Patch Adams]

[RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=dream big]
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[vo-nat]
Universal Pictures has donated 500-thousand dollars to help market Adams' hospital idea.
It would be called the Gesundheit Institute.
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, smoking may not only be bad for your health, it could be bad for your marriage.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:08]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( A NEW STUDY FINDS THAT AN ENZYME-- CONSIDERED TO BE A MODERN-DAY FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH--DOES NOT CAUSE CANCER.
VT=VO
(vo)


PREVIOUS RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT A BODY SUBSTANCE CALLED TELOMERASE ENCOURAGES CELLS TO KEEP DIVIDING INDEFINITELY--INSTEAD OF DYING WITH AGE.
SCIENTISTS SAY SOMEDAY THEY MAY BE ABLE TO USE THIS ENZYME TO SLOW THE AGING PROCESS.
BUT THERE ARE FEARS THAT CELLS WOULD GO HAYWIRE, AND BECOME CANCEROUS.
HOWEVER, RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS TESTED THE ENZYME... AND FOUND NO PROOF OF IT CAUSING CANCER ON ITS OWN.
CRITICS SAY THE EXPERIMENTS WERE TOO LIMITED.//
VT=VO

((vo))
THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION APPROVES A NEW MEDICATION FOR NARCOLEPSY.
PEOPLE WITH THIS INCURABLE SLEEP DISORDER CAN BE AWAKE ONE MINUTE, AND NAPPING THE NEXT.
NOW THE DRUG, PROVIGIL, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PATIENTS.
RESEARCHERS SAY IT'S LESS ADDICTIVE AND CAUSES FEWER SIDE EFFECTS THAN STANDARD TREAMENTS.//
VT=VO

((vo))
AND SMOKING COULD BE BURNING A HOLE IN YOUR MARRIAGE.
A MINNESOTA STUDY FOUND THAT ADULTS WHO SMOKED WERE 53-PERCENT MORE

LIKELY TO HAVE BEEN DIVORCED THAN NON-SMOKERS.
RESEARCHERS SAY THE HABIT ITSELF IS NOT CAUSING THE BREAK-UPS, BUT OTHER TRAITS USUAL ASSOCIATED WITH SMOKERS--
NAMELY DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, AND ADDICTIVE PERSONALITIES.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


President Clinton says there will be no letup of the pressure on Saddam Hussein.
This, after U-S warplanes exchanged missile fire with the Iraqis.
American jets fired three missiles and six precision-guided bombs, yesterday, to strike an anti-aircraft site in northern Iraq.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


Thousands in Virginia and throughout the Southeast are waking up to another morning without electricity.
The electricity went out on Christmas Eve, at the height of a huge ice storm.
About 55-thousand people in Virginia remained without power yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And several people were killed in a massive blaze in Lima Peru.
Firefighters blame an illegal fireworks store for the fire.
Dozens of shops were destroyed when the fire spread.
(----------------)
[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, December 29th.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[E-Va-Storm-Damage]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-74 34:24]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Storm]


The number of homes out of power make last week's ice storm the worst to hit the state in five years, according to Virginia Power.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co.]


This morning, nearly 55-thousand homes and businesses are still in the dark, despite three round-the-clock efforts by Virginia Power crews.
But there is an end in sight.
(//////SOT//////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The big circuits]

((TOM HYMAN/V.P. VIRGINIA POWER: THE BIG CIRCUITS ARE BACK IN. WE'RE NOW IN RESIDETIAL NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE RIGH HERE OFF OF ROUTE 5 HERE IN WILLIAMBURG. YEAH, WE'RE GETTING TO THE END OF THE LINE.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Hyman/Virginia Power Vice President; ]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=of the line]
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[vo-nat]
The power outages in freezing temperatures proved fatal to some elderly Virginians.
The State Medical Examiner today confirmed that three deaths in the Richmond area were caused by hypothermia.
Each was discovered by neighbors, alone in their homes without power.
Two more Virginia deaths are being investigated as hypothermia-related.
At the height of the Christmas Eve storm, 310-thousand customers were without power, mostly in central and eastern Virginia.
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[WESTERN-Weather]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]
Meantime, in the Pacific Northwest they're dreading today's forecast--- continued rain and more flooding.


Driving rain and melting snow is already bringing high water and mudslides.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; :44]
[SUPER=02-Gary Covilia/Farmer; 1:10]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=cbs news los angeles.]

((IT'S THE KIND OF HARSH WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, BUT NEVER WELCOMED. IN TILLAMOOK COUNTY OREGON, FAMOUS FOR ITS CHEESE, HEAVY RAINS AND HIGH TIDES FLOODED THE RIVER AND STRANDED HOMEOWNERS. THE COAST GUARD FERRIED RESIDENTS TO DRIER GROUND. ACROSS OREGON AND WASHINGTON TREES WERE DOWNED, AND ROADS WERE BLOCKED BY THE FIRST MAJOR WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON
--SOT-STRANDED MOTORIST

'well, there's nothing you can really do, just sit and wait.." THAT WAS THE PREVAILING ATTITUDE ON THE SNOQUALMIE PASS IN WASHINGTON. THOUSANDS OF HOLIDAY TRAVELERS WERE AT A STANDSTILL FOR MILES, STRANDED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CASCADE MOUNTAINS. AND THE SNOW IS STILL FALLING.
--SOT-STRANDED TRAVELER

"we are so sick of being in the car, that's why we're outside.. we just want to go home. " ACROSS THE WEST COAST OF CALIFORNIA IT'S THE FOG THAT KEEPING TRAVELERS FROM GOING HOME. AIR TRAFFIC AT THE SAN FRANCISCO AND SAN JOSE AIRPORTS HALTED. WHILE THE PLANES WERE ON THE GROUND, PASSENGERS SLEPT, PLAYED GAMES, OR FOUND MORE PRACTICAL USES FOR THEIR TIME.
--MOS SOT-GUY GETS HAIRCUT

AND IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA, SOME OF THE NATION'S FOOD SUPPLY WAS HIT BY AN EARLY FREEZE . GARY COVILIA'S ENTIRE ORANGE CROP, HIS YEAR'S BOUNTY, WAS WIPED-OUT.
--SOT: GARY COVILIA/FARMER

'it doesn't look good, doesn't look good, it's just a matter of time before this orange is dried out, and won't be marketable. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THIS WEEK'S WEATHER IS WHAT WE CAN EXPECT THIS WINTER-NOW THAT EL NINO IS OVER, THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WILL BE WETTER, CALIFORNIA AND THE SOUTHWEST DRIER OVERALL. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))

[2-Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Attack]


The Pentagon says U-S and British patrols in the ``no-fly'' zones over Iraq will continue in an atmosphere of increased tension.
Yesterday U-S planes fired on a weapons site that launched missiles at the aircraft.
Iraq claims the aircraft were violating its airspace --and it also claims it shot down a Western plane.
Jonathan Freed reports.
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[SOT]

[4:07:11]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=@File; :00]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC; :24]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/Reporting; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:21]
[OUT Q=cbs news washington.]

(( The U-S warplanes were on what is being called a routine mission in the no-fly zone over northern Iraq. The planes were lit up by Iraqi radar...and fired on with surface-to-air missiles. The American aircraft fought back...launching their own missiles, as well as precision-guided bombs, at an Iraqi anti-aircraft site. The planes returned safely to their base in Turkey. LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, D.C. The President insisted the fighters were right to protect themselves.
SOT (CLINTON): THEY TOOK APPROPRIATE ACTION TODAY IN RESPONDING TO

IRAQ'S ACTIONS. ONCE AGAIN, I WANT TO TELL YOU I'M VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THEY DO, THE RISKS THEY TAKE, THE SKILL AND PROFESSIONALISM WITH WHICH THEY DO IT. Iraq is claiming the Americans attacked first...and that four Iraqi soldiers were killed...with more people injured. The northern no-fly zone was established in 1991...to protect Iraqi Kurds following a failed uprising against Saddam Hussein. There is another no-fly zone that stretches from the south of Baghdad to the border with Kuwait. Just this past weekend, Iraq announced it would take action against any aircraft invading its airspace...with the U-S insisting it would respond accordingly. STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): THE NO-FLY ZONES ARE ENFORCED BY BOTH THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN...BUT THE BRITISH DEFENSE MINISTRY IS SAYING BRITISH PLANES WERE NOT INVOLVED IN THIS INCIDENT. J-F..WASHINGTON.))

[PERU-EXPLOSION]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]


Firefighters blame an illegal fireworks store for a fire that killed at least seven and injured several more in Lima, Peru.
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[SOT]

[4:05:16]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Lima, Peru/Yesterday;]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=(nats of explosion)]
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[VO-NAT]


Firefighters said at least 50 shops were destroyed when the fire spread from the fireworks shop to the others.
The sale of fireworks without a permit was made illegal in Peru in 19-92 because of the rising toll of fireworks relatedd injuries and deaths in the country. 16
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[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:AAA))

[PRISON-ESCAPE]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Prison Break]


An escaped Tennessee convict was said to be out drinking with some old friends -- when they turned him in for the reward money.
That's how one prison official describes the recapture of the last of six inmates who broke out of a maximum-security prison over the weekend.
Rob Manning has the story.
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[SOT]

[4:01:38]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Massey/Metro Police Department; :53]
[SUPER=01-Rob Manning/Reporting; 1:12]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-68 1:43:41]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg Seal]


Saddled with a 270 million dollar sewer repair bill, the city of Lynchburg is looking for any financial help it can get.
State officials came through yesterday with a belated Christmas present.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=A hundred years]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Pete Warren/Lynchburg Mayor; :18]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :39]
[SUPER=@ssm2; :52]
[RUNS=:58]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]

(( A hundred years ago, Lynchburg's sewer system was ahead of its time.. today, it allows unhealthy amounts of solid waste to overflow into the James River every time there's a heavy rain.
Fixing the problem is a 270- million dollar undertaking.. but three and a half million dollars from the state will help.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 5:12;39]
[IN Q=This assistance]

((PETE WARREN/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: THIS ASSISTANCE WILL HELP THE CITY ACCELERATE IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR CSO PROJECT, WHICH IS BY FAR OUR MOST IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITY AND CHALLENGE.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=and challenge.]


So far the city has received more than 11 million dollars in state and federal help.
If the economy continues to boom, these kinds of presentations could become an annual tradition.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 5:21:04]
[IN Q=This is an]

((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: THIS IS AN INITIATIVE WHERE THE GOVERNOR HAS LISTENED TO US AND HELPED US. CLEARLY TRADITION WILL HELP BE BENEFITTED BY ECONOMIC GOOD TIMES AND SO WE'RE ALL HOPING FOR THAT ON MANY LEVELS.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=on many levels.]


The extra help also means city residents won't see any more double digit increases in their sewer bills.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[E-Y2K-Promo]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-]
[GRAPHIC=Battling the Bug]


January First 2000 could spell big problems for communications equipment.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Roanoke County officials have been working to make sure the 911 system and other vital equipment will still work on January 1, 2000.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 00:04:34]
[IN Q=if your're in the]

((CRAIG HATMAKER/ROANOKE COUNTY; IF YOU'RE IN THE POLICE, THEN YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR RADIOS ARE WORKING, IF YOU'RE IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THEN YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR DEFIBRILLATORS ARE WORKING (FIRE AND RESCUE) ))
[super=01-Craig Hatmaker/Roanoke Co.]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=defibrillators are working]
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[VO-NAT]


But can they fix it all in time, and what about everybody else working on the Y2K problem?
And are YOU prepared?
Find out tomorrow as we continue our series... Battling the Bug... on News 7 at Six.
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[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, the lady Hokies remain undefeated with a big win over Akron.
Denise Allen has details.
Good Morning Denise.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=2:01]
[OUT Q=a good day.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Lynchburg got a belated Christmas present-- three and a half million dollars to help fix its aging sewer system.
The total cost of fixing the problem stands at 270-million dollars and so far, the city has receieved eleven million dollars in state and federal help.
That means city residents won't see a double digit increase in their sewer bills.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Virginia Power says it's closing in on the last of the power outages in Central and Eastern Virginia.
Still, nearly 55-thousand customers are in the dark.
The state medical examiner says three deaths in the Richmond area were caused by hypothermia.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Roanoke's rocket is now at its new home next to the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
The Jupiter rocket rolled through city streets yesterday.
The rocket was first brought to Roanoke from Huntsville, Alabama in 1965.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]