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[TALENT=Melanie]

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A winter storm blankets the region with snow and another is on its heels.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Europe welcomes the new year and the Euro.
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
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As Melanie mentioned, we've got winter weather-- but most of the heavier snow has tapered off, allowing for snow advisories to be cancelled.
But be prepared for more bitter cold temperatures for your New Year's EVE NIGHT--
Full forecast details, coming up.
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News 7 at noon is next.

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Kimberly, it seems the New River Valley may have gotten the most snow in our viewing area.
Here there's anywhere from four to five inches on the ground-- and the roads are treacherous with temperatures hovering around 20- degrees.
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By eleven o'clock this morning-- Darrell Linkous had scraped more than 20 parking lots for local businesses in the New River Valley.
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Whether you were prepared or not-- the snow is making driving difficult.
VDOT officials say the primary roads, like Route 460 and the interstate are in fairly good shape.
But the side roads in the New River Valley are treacherous and probably won't be treated or scraped-- at least today.
That's because VDOT is still having to concentrate on keeping the main roads scraped in preparation for tonight-- when temperatures are expected to dip and chemicals become less effective.))
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WX Pro

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Snow is still lightly falling -- this winter storm caught many by surprise and created road conditions that are more dangerous than they look.
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Tina Tenret is in the Northlakes neighborhood on Peter's Creek Road in Roanoke.
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That's right Melanie -- this is where it's worst -- in the small neighborhoods where VDOT and public works departments may not have plowed.
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Police are steering cars off the side roads.
Drivers that forge ahead on these slippery roads don't get very far.
Many land in snowbanks or worse, ditches.
Others slide into each other.
Towtruck drivers say they've stayed busy hauling cars away.
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VDOT is spraying salt and abrasive materials on icy roads to improve traction -- but plows are focusing on the interstate and other MAIN roads.
Officials recommend taking extra precautions if you do drive.
Even people trying other transportation are running aground.
At Roanoke airport, some flights are delayed or cancelled -- the runway was closed earlier for snow removal.
The airport manager says check on your flight before you come.))
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The good news -- very FEW power outages to speak of in our area today and American Electric Power officials don't expect more later today.
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And if you need more detailed information you can call 1-800-367-Road.
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Now with more on what to expect later today -- here's Kimberly McBroom with the weather forecast.

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The central Virginia area got anywhere from one to two inches of snow this morning, and while the primary roads look fine.. it's the backroads that are making it a long day for both travelers and the police.
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(( Route 647 in Spout Springs is your typical secondary road in rural central Virginia..
..by 9 a.m., it was covered with about an inch of well- packed snow, making it deceptively hazardous to drivers.
These two cars collided when one found it couldn't stop at the intersection.. and they were added to a long list of accidents state police found themselves responding to all morning long.
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((SGT. PAUL KVASNICKA/VA STATE POLICE: WELL YOU KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE BUSY BECAUSE OF THE SNOW AND SECONDARY ROADS ARE GOING TO BE ICED UP EVEN IF THE PRIMARY ROADS ARE CLEAR. SO YOU JUST COME ON OUT AND DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO.)) [RUNS:10]
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Doing the job on days like today means long hours in the cold and wind, taking reports on accidents that all seem to run together after a while.
For a state trooper, it all comes with the territory, but it's already shaping up to be a long winter.
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((SGT. KVASNICKA: THESE DAYS ARE PRETTY LONG AND HARD ON YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE OUT IN THE COLD AND THE SNOW AND USUALLY THE SHIFTS ARE EXTENDED, SO THEY'RE PRETTY BUSY DAYS.)) [RUNS:08]
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State police say motorists can make it a little easier on them by taking it slow and realizing that even four- wheel drive vehicles are ineffective on icy roads.
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Those words of caution are especially important tonight.. when you consider that icy roads and New Years revelers figure to be a dangerous combination. Melanie? [tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
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A U-S emabssy closes after receiving serious threats of terrorism.
That story is next on News-7 at Noon.
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And start saying goodbye to the Franc, Pound and Mark.
The Euro makes its official debut tonight.
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Israeli police have posted extra security around the U-S embassy in Tel Aviv.
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An embassy spokesman says the building was closed today after "credible threats" were received.
He denies a radio report that the ambassador's life was threatened.
The building was not searched, which apparently rules out a possible bomb threat.
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Iraq says the battle against western agression will continue.
Deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz vowed today to keep defying the ``no-fly'' zones.
His published comments come one day after U-S jets launched missiles when Iraq fired on British planes.
In Baghdad, thousands of children took part in a demonstration organized by the Italian charity "Bridge to Baghdad."


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Holding a portrait of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein over their heads, Iraqi children called for an end to U-N sanctions.
"Bridge to Baghdad," has been involved in bringing aid to Iraq since the end of the Gulf War.
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In Europe they're calling this E-Day.
At the stroke of midnight, eleven countries adopt a single currency called the Euro.
Paul Hunter reports.
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The final touches are being put on the Big Apple's New Year's celebration.
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And in Australia, they're already partying like it's 1999.
We'll have thos stories when News-7 at Noon returns.
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They're already celebrating 19-99 in Australia.
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Huge crowds turned out to watch a million- dollar fireworks display light up the sky over Sydney harbor.
This was also a dress rehearsal for next year's millennium celebration and a welcome to the 2- thousand Summer Olympics.
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Meantime, New York City is sprucing up Times Square for the half million people expected to brave the cold to watch the big ball drop at midnight.
Officials conducted a test run yesterday.
This will be the last year for the glowing ball.
A new Waterford Crystal ball will be used to welcome the new millennium.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 32 points
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, some good news for Rockbridge County's Rick Mast.
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Plus, we'll see what a former Heisman winner has to say about U-V-A's chances in tonight's Peach Bowl.
Steve Mason will have a report from Atlanta, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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It's less than five hours til U-V-A and Georgia face off in the Peach Bowl.
Thousands of Wahoo faithful will head to the Georgia Dome tonight to cheer on the Cavs-- but the Bulldogs will have geography-- and a former Heisman winner-- on their side.
Steve Mason has the final pre-game report from Atlanta.
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The first annual Cave Spring Holiday Hoopla Basketball Invitational is history, and the champion is a familiar one to Knight's fans.
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Dale City's Garfield High school took on the Knights in the championship game.
A couple of seniors get the ball on this play for Cave Spring.
Justin Shirley gives to Jess Seamon, and he puts it in for two.
Garfield's Kareem Kyer would answer that with a pass to Billy Perkins, who hits the jumper for the Indians.
Then the Knights' six- foot- three inch freshman J.J. Redick would get one to fall from behind the arc for three.
Then Shirley gets the ball again and makes the assist to Kevin
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Connelly.
The Knights win the championship game 61-to-60.
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In the Nationwide Insurance Girls' Classic in Graham, North Carolina-- Franklin County beat G-W Danville 62-to-53 for the title. Kelli Preston was named the tournament's MVP.
On the boy's side, West Virginia's James Monroe blew out Bath County 86-to-37.

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In other tourney action, James River, Rockbridge and Alleghany all won.
In the First Century classic at Ft. Chiswell-- Bland beat Rural Retreat, Marion topped Ft. Chiswell and Radford beat up Carroll County 63-to-59.
The Cave Spring lady Knights beat N-W Guilford in High Point, North Carolina 58-to-45.
Laurel Park took the One Valley Bank Classic title in Halifax by beating the Comets.
G-W Danville won it's Holiday tourney 93-to-51 over Dan River.
And Liberty won its Hometown Hoops Classic-- topping Sumter, South Carolina 78-to-61.
Gretna took home the consolation prize.

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It's a happy ending for Rick Mast, after weeks of uncertainty.
Mast has told News 7 Sports that he'll be driving a full Winston Cup schedule next season
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for car owner Cale (Yar-burrow) Yarborough.
Just before Thanksgiving, Yarborough was forced to shutdown his 12- year old racing operation when his sponsor-- Thorn Apple Valley-- discontinued it's financial backing.
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But Mast says Yarborough now has a new partner, additional money and a new sponsor that will be announced soon.
Mast says the team will run Fords the entire 19-99 season, starting with the Bud Shootout in Daytona on February 7th.
His contract with Cale Yarborough Motorsports is a one year deal.
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Besides hiring Mast as his driver, Yarborough has also named Waddell Wilson team manager.

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It's a case of monkey love on a farm in central Taiwan.
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A small wild monkey has adopted a chicken as its pet, and the two have become inseparable.
The monkey actually becomes angry if anyone tries to break them apart.
The monkey was caught by a farmer a few months ago eating his corn crops.
The farmer took a shine to her, and kept her with his chickens.
Most of the chickens are frightened by the monkey, except for Coco.
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