[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A blast of winter weather sends the areas homeless into shelters.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


This second round of winter weather prompts the Govenor to declare a state of Emergency.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
It is a state of SNOW showers and bitter cold temperatures---


The snow will taper off later today, but the chilly air lingers.
Your New Year's outlook is coming up.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(ad lib live tease)

[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Cold]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-77]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


Last night's cold weather filled area homeless shelters.
Eric Earnhart has details.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=a warm fire]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Russell DeBoer/Desk Manager; :12]
[SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester Johnson/Rescue Mission; :45]
[SUPER=@eric1; 1:19]
[RUNS=1:33]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


((A warm fire, and food greeted the men who came to the Salvation Army's Red Shield Lodge, where officials say no one will be turned away on a night like this.
[SOT=20:26:32]
[IN Q=we have 36]

((RUSSELL DE BOER/DESK MANAGER; WE HAVE 36 BEDS AND THEY'RE FULL RIGHT NOW, BUT WE DO MAKE ROOM FOR OTHE RPEOPLE, UP TO SIX, AND THEN IF WE HAVE TO, WE PUT PEOPLE UPSTAILRS BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE OUT IN THE COLD.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=in the cold]


The man have to be content watching the crackling flames... no football playoffs, the center's donated television set is broken... but no one here is really complaining, just glad to have a warm place to be. The Roanoke Rescue mission was also full last night...volunteers spent yesterday preparing meals and beds for the people who come here...for a variety of reasons.
[SOT=00:21:16]
[IN Q=MAYBE BECAUSE]

((JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON/DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT; MAYBE BECAUSE THEY'RE STRANDED MOTORISTS BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE MORE PROBLEMS IN THIS KIND OF WEATHER. IT MAYBE BECAUSE THE HEAT IN THEIR PLACE IS MISSING, OR NOT TURNED ON YET. AND THEN WE GET SOME PEOPLE WHO USUALLY STAY IN CARS OR IN ABANDONED HOUSES OR WHATEVER. AND THEY COME IN BECAUSE OF THE COLD WEATHER.)) Here they have more than 200 beds... but there are also inflated mattresses availabe just in case.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT=00:22:55]
[IN Q=THESE ARE SORT]

((JOY SYLVESTER JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION; THESE ARE SORT OF A GODSEND IN WEATHER LIKE THIS BECAUSE WE CAN BLOW THESE UP AND ANYWHERE THERE IS A SPACE WE CAN PUT ONE OF THESE DOWN. THAT WILL GET SOMEONE THROUGH THE NIGHT. AND THEN MAYBE THE NEXT DAY WE CAN DO A LITTLE BETTER.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=A LITTLE BETTER.]


They may have to use some of those inflatabel mattresses over the next few nights since we are approaching a holiday weekend, and expecting winter precipitation... shelter volume will almost certainly increase.
In Roanoke County, Eric Earnhart, News 7))

[Emergency]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Winter WEather]


The winter weather has prompted Governor Gilmore to declare a state of emergency in Virginia, after all.
Thousands of people are still without power in Richmond and Tidewater, after the Christmas ice storm.
With more bad weather in the forecast, the governor wants state and local agencies to get ready to provide emergency information and shelter if needed.

[plane-crash]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Plance Crash Private]


A hospital spokeswoman says three plane crash survivors think an angel was sitting on their shoulder.
Actually, the angel was a cross country skier who stumbled across a plane crash and used his cell phone to notify rescuers.
Christina Yao (YOW) has the story from Denver.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Gilpin Co., CO; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Marics/Found Victims; :30]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Kent Edlund/Gilpin Co. Sheriff; 1:26 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Christina Yao/Reporting; 1:30]
[SUPER=01-Don Moore/Paramedic; 1:36]
[RUNS=1:50]
[OUT Q=for cbs news.]


[Embassy-Closed]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A U-S official says "credible and specific threats" have shut down the U-S embassy in Israel.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel]


The Consulate spokewoman would not elaborate, except to say American officials notified Israeli authorities.
Israeli radio reports say the threats were directed at embassy employees.
(------------)


[1-Sports]


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


In sports, the Hokie hoops team picks up it's fifth win of the season.
Mike Stevens has highlights.
Good Morning Mike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=later this morning.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(Melanie ad lib toss to Kimberly/Wx)


[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-9]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]



(I'll intro pack)


Welcome back to News 7 Mornin. A year ago I introduced you to parapsychologist Deborah Carvelli. She made several predictions about what 1998 would hold for the Roanoke Valley, 4 on air and 8 on paper for a total of 12. This week I decided to take a look back and see how she did.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=there's deffinatly]
[SUPER=01-Deborah Carvelli/Parapsychologist; :00]
[SUPER=04-May 1998; :13]
[SUPER=04-March 1998; :24]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dorsey Dysart/Psychologist; :38]
[SUPER=04-June 1998; :54]
[SUPER=04-August 1998; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Christian Bell/Found Civil War Sword; 1:12]
[SUPER=04-August 1998; 1:37]
[SUPER=04-October 1998; 1:55]
[RUNS=2:05]
[OUT Q=space shuttle]


[Steve Live]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]


[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive:Psychic predictions))

[E-Pulaski-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-75 1:42:23]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Police believe they've recovered the weapon used to kill a Pulaski teenager, last week.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski/Last Week;]


Authorities on Sunday recovered a nine- millimeter handgun they suspect was used to kill 19- year old John Christopher Dean at the Washington Square Apartments.
Police also recovered a second weapon during their search.
They found a B-B pistol and believe it may have been in the victim's possession at the time he was shot.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=hold]


One man has been charged in connection with the shooting.
(Ara-med) Arimad (Bog-nude-uh) Bognuda is charged with illegal possession of a handgun.

[Extradition]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=NOne]


Two capital murder suspects have agreed to come back to Franklin County.
Timothy Martin and Thomas Akers face capital murder charges for allegedly beating to death Wesley Smith of Roanoke.
Police found the two men on an Indian reservation in Franklin County, New York.
Deputies are bringing both men back to jail in Rocky Mount.

[E-Wythe-Prosecutor]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-70 1:52:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Wythe County's new chief prosecutor won't have to worry about familiarizing himself with the workplace.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville;]


Assistant prosecutor Edwin Shaffer was sworn in for the job yesterday morning by Circuit Judge Colin Campbell.
He replaces chief prosecutor Tommy (Bay-ird) Baird-- who recently resigned for health reasons.
Shaffer has worked as an attorney for about 50- years...a span that includes a number of years in Wythe County.
(/////SOT/////)

[23:39:50]
[SOT]
[IN Q=I was ]

((EDWIN SHAFFER/WYTHE CO. CHIEF PROSECUTOR:I WAS COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY 14 YEARS BEFORE AND I'VE BEEN ABOUT FIVE YEARS AS ASSISTANT. ))
[SUPER=01-Edwin Shaffer/Wythe Co. Chief Prosecutor; :00]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=as assistant.]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


Shaffer will serve as chief prosecutor through 1999.
He says he hasn't decided if he'll run for office after that.
(----------------)



[CHINA]


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


A troubling house investigation finds U-S national security was harmed by technology dealings with China.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[4:11;39]
The bi-partisan committee began its probe by looking into the Clinton administration's transactions with the Chinese government.
The relationship allowed China to receive satellite and missile technology.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((REP. CHRISTOPHER COX, R-CA "THE SELECT COMMITTEE HAS FOUND THAT THE TRANSFER OF SENSITIVE U.S. TECHNOLOGY TO THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA GOES BEYOND THE HUGHES AND LORAL INSTANCES THAT WERE A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE REASON THAT THE COMMITTEE WAS FORMED. THESE TRANSFERS ARE NOT LIMITED TO MISSILE-SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY, BUT COVER MILITARILY SIGNIFICANT TECHNOLOGIES." ))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Christopher Cox/(R) California]
[RUNS=:27]
[OUT Q=significant technologies. ]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


The committee's final report will look at the relationship between the U-S and China over the past two decades.
It should be completed in the next couple of weeks.
(----------------)


[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, researchers say more aggresive treatments are needed for hypertension.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

(( A NEW STUDY IS URGING DOCTORS TO TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT HOW THEY TREAT PATIENTS WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
VT=VO

((vo))
40-THOUSAND AMERICANS DIE EACH YEAR FROM HYPERTENSION...
BUT THAT NUMBER WOULD BE MUCH LOWER IF THE CONDITION WERE PROPERLY MONITORED.
A REPORT IN TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FOUND THAT MORE THAN 75-PERCENT OF PATIENTS UNDERGOING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE TREATMENTS... HAD ELEVATED LEVELS THAT WERE POORLY CONTROLLED.
THE AUTHOR OF THE STUDY SAYS DOCTORS SHOULD SEEK MORE AGGRESSIVE THERAPIES.//
VT=VO

((vo))
WINE MAKERS ARE TRYING TO CHANGE THEIR PRODUCT'S IMAGE IN THIS MORE HEALTH-CONSCIOUS AGE.
THEY ARE PUSHING FOR NEW LABELS.. TOUTING THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING WINE.
PREVIOUS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT WINE MAY LOWER CHOLESTEROL.
INDUSTRY INSIDERS SAY IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT THIS INFORMATION BE PLACED ALONGSIDE WARNINGS ABOUT THE RISKS.
FEDERAL OFFICIALS ARE CONSIDERING THE LABEL IDEA.//
VT=VO

((vo))
AND SUGAR CONSUMPTION IN THE U-S IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH--
IN FACT SO MUCH SO... THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW COMMISSIONING A STUDY TO LOOK INTO THE MATTER.
HEALTH EXPERTS SAY THERE'S MOUNTING EVIDENCE THAT DIETS LOADED WITH SUGAR... CAN LEAD TO OBESITY, KIDNEY STONES, BRITTLE BONES, HEART DISEASE, AND THE LIST GOES ON.
NUTRIONISTS BLAME THE RISE IN SUGAR INTAKE ON SODAS AND OTHER SOFT DRINKS.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M THE IRREPLACEABLE RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

(ad lib to weather)


[Two-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-9]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]



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[SOT]
[IN Q=today on]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Deborah Carvelli/Parapsychologist; :16]
[RUNS=1:32]
[OUT Q=in the same spot]


[Steve Live]

[Double Boxes=SPA & KMC]
(Toss to Kimberly)

((Archive:Psychic)) [2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


A blast of winter weather sends the areas homeless into shelters.
The Roanoke Rescue mission was filled to capacity last night.
Meantime, thousands in the Richmond and Tidewater area are still without power from last week's ice storm.
The Governor has now declared a state of emergency.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


The state's new sex offender data base on the internet is proving to be very popular.
State police computer technicians recorded some 63 thousand hits in the first 30 hours of operation.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Some half a million people are expected to brave the cold to ring in the new year in Times Square.
A test run took place yesterday.
This will be the last year for the big glowing ball to drop.
A new Waterford Crystal ball will be used to welcome the new millennium.
(----------------)
[anchor=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday December 31st.
[anchor=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[E-PH-Home]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-74 1:24:04]
[GRAPHIC=Sexual Harassment]


The director of a home for troubled kids in Campbell County is the target of a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former employee.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Sandy Gregory is named in the four- count lawsuit filed last week by his former choir director Laura Simmons.
Simmons worked at the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation for 15 months before she quit last December.
She claims Gregory repeatedly committed sexual battery on her, and exposed himself on at least six other occasions.


She's seeking more than 100-thousand dollars in damages.
Gregory would not comment on the suit.
(----------------)


[E-Harassment-Suit]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-68 1:46:27]
[GRAPHIC=Sexual Harassment]


An Allegheny County woman has been told she can NOT sue her boss -- because the law does not protect employees of small companies.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington/Last Month;]


Vicki Lynn Mitchem filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former boss Durwood Counts.
She says when she refused to have sex with him, he fired her from a State Farm insurance office.
But an Allegheny judge threw out the case, saying the law does not apply to firms with fewer than five employees.

(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 11:00:48]
[IN Q=It's a bad decision]

((IT'S A BAD DECISION .... OUTRAGEOUS.))
[SUPER=01-Terry Grimes/Prosecutor;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=outrageous]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Grimes plans to appeal the case to the state supreme court.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


Defense attorney Bruce Steen says he's pleased his client's position was upheld.
Small companies cannot be sued for human rights violations because legislators thought they could not afford court costs.

[E-Sex-Offenders]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-69 1:52:04]
[GRAPHIC=Sex Offenders]


Virginians are proving to be very curious about the violent sex offenders who live among them.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co.]


State Police computer technicians have been overwhelmed-- trying to speed up the state's new sex offender database on the World Wide Web.
It had more than 63- THOUSAND hits in the first 30 hours of operation.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 06:00:33]
[IN Q=The feedback]

((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: THE FEEDBACK WE HAVE GOTTEN... ABOUT 200...OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE...THIS INFORMATION IS NOW AVAILABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Wayne Huggins/Virginia State Police;]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=is now available.]
(XXXXXXXXXXXX)

[take WEB WATCH FULL SCREEN]
Remember, you can access the sex offender registry through Web Watch at WDBJ7-dot-COM.
(------------)


[OK-BOMB]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


An Oklahoma County grand jury looking into claims of conspiracy -- surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing -- returned one indictment yesterday... and then called on the state to bring state charges against Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.
Emory Bryan Reports.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]

[na022-4 newspath]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK; :00]
[SUPER=01-William Burkett/Oklahoma Co. District Judge; :11]
[SUPER=07-Charles Key; 1:02]
[SUPER=07-Paul Heath; 1:19 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Emory Bryan/Reporting; 1:24]
[RUNS=1:44]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, Oklahoma City.]

((As the judge read the grand jury report in open court, it was clear that DATE: 1995 no new light was shed on the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City.
SOT- William Burkett/Oklahoma County District Judge

"We cannot affirmatively state that absolutely nobody else was involved in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murray federal building. However, we have not been presented with or uncovered information sufficient to indict any co-conspirators." District Judge Bill Burkett read the 21 page report detailing the bombing. It covered much of the same information presented in the trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Both men were convicted in federal court of the bombing that killed 168 people and injured more than 500. McVeigh received a death sentence, Nichols life in prison. The grand jury rejected numerous conspiracy theories.
SOT-Burkett

"We can state with assurance that we do not believe the federal government had prior knowledge this horrible terrorist attack was going to happen. We also do not believe this was a sting operation that went to far or a terrorist attack conceived or financed by individuals outside the country. This was an attack perpetrated by Americans on Americans." A leading proponent of the grand jury investigation still believes the report is incomplete and that key evidence has yet to be revealed.
SOT-Charles Key

"You can't put 1,034 fingerprints to rest. They should have been run three and a half years ago. And they should have been brought out in the trials that have already occurred." A survivor of the bombing though-- believes the grand jury report is complete.
SOT-Paul Heath

"Let's put it to rest. It's time for us to move on." BRYAN STANDUP CLOSE -- Talk about the sealed indictment and when Key plans to have his own report complete. --))

[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M98-9]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[ROLL COLD OUT OF BIRTHDAYS]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Today on News 7]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Deborah Carvelli/Parapsychologist; :16]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :32]
[RUNS=1:45]
[OUT Q=Learn their trade]


[Steve Live]

[double Boxes=SPA & MEL]
(toss to Melanie)



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
(ad lib toss to bump)

[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive:psychic))

[S-Wrestling]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-71 1:09:44]
[GRAPHIC=]


Big guys, big followings and big business.
Wrestling is more popular than ever.
And as Scott Goldberg reports, lots of people are cashing in.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=it used to be]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;00]
[SUPER=04-TNT-Monday Nitro;06]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/November;28]
[SUPER=01-Jim Evans/Roanoke Civic Center;35--QUICK!!]
[SUPER=@Scott1;52]
[SUPER=01-Rodney Lewis/Wrestling Fan;58--QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Steve Mirzayan/T-Shirt Vendor;1:23--QUICK!!]
[RUNS=1:48]
[OUT Q=news-7]

(( It used to be that anyone in a bar on a Monday night was watching football.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 43:23]

[GOLDBERG tape]
[IN Q=natsound]

((NATSOUND: OH! THE DOUBLE SPEAR!))
[RUNS= 01]
[OUT Q=]


But now there's a whole lotta tackling going on someplace else, on a show called Monday Nitro.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:16:04]
[IN Q=i love it]

((ROBERT JONES: I LOVE IT! IT'S ACTION PACKED.))
[RUNS= 03]
[OUT Q=ACTION PACKED]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 3:27:00]
[from wrestling #1 TAPE]
[IN Q=natsound]

((NATSOUND: FIREWORKS POPPING, EXPLOSIONS.))
[RUNS= 01]
[OUT Q=]


Wrestling has come back in a big way.
T-V ratings for programs like Nitro blow away other cable shows.
And the fans, who pay up to 30 bucks to watch the pumped-up pugilists live or on pay-per-view, have turned wrestling into a billion-dollar industry.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT :15tc]
[IN Q=ANY]

((EVANS: ANY WRESTLING EVENT WE'VE HAD HAS SOLD OUT IN A MATTER OF DAYS.))
[RUNS= 03]
[OUT Q=MATTER OF DAYS]


When World Championship Wrestling came to Roanoke last month...
The civic center made more than 30-thousand dollars on ticket sales, parking, novelties and food.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:28]
[IN Q=they'RE]

((EVANS: THEY'RE IN HERE A LONG TIME AND THEY EAT A LOT. WE LIKE THAT.))
[RUNS= 04]
[OUT Q=LIKE THAT]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 15:18]
[STANDUP #1]
[IN Q=BUT WHY WOULD]

((SCOTT GOLDBERG: BUT WHY WOULD ANYONE WATCH THIS SPORT -- IF YOU CAN CALL IT THAT. YOU KNOW, THE FIGHTS ARE RIGGED ))

[RUNS= 05]
[OUT Q=ARE RIGGED]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:09:14]

[INSIDE HOOTERS]
[IN Q=IT'S NOT]

((RODNEY LEWIS: IT'S NOT REAL -- AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO THINK IT IS, I'M SORRY I BROKE THE NEWS TO YOU.))
[RUNS= 06]
[OUT Q=TO YOU]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 16:05]
[STANDUP #2]
[IN Q=THE ATHLETES]

((SCOTT GOLDBERG: THE ATHLETES ARE REALLY JUST ACTORS. BUT THEY'RE GOOD ACTORS. AND GUYS LIKE THIS ARE JUST PLAIN MARKETABLE.))
[RUNS= 08]
[OUT Q=MARKETABLE]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:10:28]
[IN Q=GOLDBERG]

((GOLDBERG'S JUST THE MAN!))
[RUNS=02]
[OUT Q=THE MAN!]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 5:26]
[IN Q=they're all]

((STEVE: THEY'RE ALL COMING IN AND TALKING ABOUT WHO WON, WHO IS THE BIG GUY AND WHO BEAT WHO.))
[RUNS= 06]
[OUT Q=BEAT WHO]


This Christmas, Steve Mirzayan said 60-percent of the T-shrits he sold were wrestling shirts.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 4:55]
[IN Q=i have kids]

((STEVE: I HAVE KIDS COMING IN, I HAVE 40-YEAR-OLD LADIES LOOKING FOR WRESTLING STUFF.))
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=STUFF]


And for those of you who wish this ugliness would all go away, think of this: [ventura from 98-73]
Minnesota's next governor is a former wrestler.

[hogan from sp-17]
A current wrestler says he's running for president.
[goldberg for president signs on wrestling #1 at 3:20:27]


And there's a grass roots campaign to elect Goldberg governor of Virginia.
How scary is that?
Scott Goldberg, News-7.

(---------------))) [Times-Square]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=net-]
[GRAPHIC=New Year's]


It's New Year's Eve!
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Four, three, two]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY]
[RUNS=05]
[OUT Q=Happy New Year.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


This was just a test. You KNOW the real thing is tonight.
They just wanted to make sure the famous Times Square ball falls the way it is supposed to.
The aluminum ball will be mothballed to make way for a new one made of Waterford Crystal for the year 2000.
(----------)



[3-Sports]


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


In sports, as the Cavs prepare for tonight's Peach Bowl, Herschel Walker stops by and makes a prediction.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Howdy once again]
[RUNS=2:59]
[OUT Q=New Year everyone.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A couple of closings this morning-- the CORTRAN program will not be running today.
The STAR program will also not be running except for those going to dialysis centers.
Also, the Carillion Physical Rehab Day Program in Roanoke is closed today.
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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It was a full night at area shelter as the temperatures dropped.
But places like the Roanoke Rescue Mission and Salvation Army's Red Shield Lodge say they won't turn anyone away in weather like this.
The cold spell, continued power outage in Central Virginia and expected storm this weekend have prompted the governor to declare a commonwealth-wide state of emergency.
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Investigators believe they've found the weapon used to kill a Pulaski teenager last week.
On Sunday police recovered a nine millimeter handgun they say was used to kill John Christopher Dean at the Washington Square Apartments.
No one has been directly charged with the killing.
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The State police's new sex-offender web site has been overwhelmed with hits.
The site had 63-thousand visitors in the first 30 hours of operation.
Technicians are now trying to speed up the database.
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