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Tonight on News 7 at 5, a wintry mix is headed this way.
We'll tell you what's in store for the Roanoke Valley--
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[ANCHOR=Eric]

and when it's expected to hit next on News 7. [Wx-Heads]
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The new year does indeed greet us with a classic midwest winter storm and that spells ice for us. Details ahead.

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In medical news -- researchers announce a possible breakthrough in the fight against leukemia..
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[VO-NAT]


And, relief may be on the way for thousands of people who suffer from arthritis.
We'll have the details coming up.
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[2-SHOT] News 7 at 5 is next.

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The New Year is here and the weather predictions are in for the first weekend of 1999--snow, sleet and ice are in the forecast as the year's first winter storm approaches.
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[ANCHOR=Eric]


Let's get an early update now with Robin Reed in the weather center.

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[MCU]ROBIN IN WEATHER STUDIO
[WXPRO/FULL]WINTER GRAPHICS

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We'll have more on the weather throughout today and continued updates tomorrow morning beginning at eight.
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[take pinnacle board]
Join Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden for News 7 Saturday Morning for the latest.
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[edit - 10:00:38]
Other parts of the nation are already bracing for the weekend's wintry mix.
It comes as some people are still recovering from the last winter storm.
Jim Axelrod has more.
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One person was killed in a bizzare New Year's Eve accident in Houston.
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It happened during a party in a Hyatt Hotel.
A 200 pound light fixture fell four stories into the lobby of the building.
It landed on a group of party-goers... one woman was killed and three other people were hurt.
Investigators say the light was in the process of being taken down when it fell.
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Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that gutted an old gun shop in Campbell County this morning, injuring its owner.
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Crews were called to this concrete block building on Route 501 in Gladys around 5 a-m.
Fear of exploding ammunition kept them from attacking the fire from the inside.
Once the blaze was extinguished, sheriff's authorities spent more than an hour removing old weapons and ammunition from the rubble.
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[SOT 1:11:26]
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((SGT. TONY CALDWELL/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THAT'S THE CONCERN AT THE MOMENT. RIGHT NOW WE'RE TRYING TO FIND SOME WAY TO SECURE WHAT WE'VE FOUND HERE. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF OLD AMMUNITION, WE DON'T KNOW HOW STABLE IT POSSIBLY COULD BE.))
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The owner of the shop.. W- E Suddith.. was burned in the fire. He was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.
There's no word yet on his condition.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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Still to come--a controversial vote ousted Martin Jeffrey as head of Roanoke's NAACP.
But, he's not stepping-down just yet.
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And, the police chief for the town of Hurt takes on new challenges in 1999--including a bid for the Sheriff's seat.


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[ANCHOR-Eric]
Plus, on Healthcheck ... the F-D-A approves a new pain killer for millions of Americans suffering from arthritis.
[ANCHOR=Eric]


That's all coming up when the news continues. [cc sponsor]
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On the day they honored one of Roanoke's first civil rights leaders, the local chapter of the N- double- A-C-P finds itself in a leadership crisis.
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Former Roanoke Mayor Reverend Noel Taylor was presented with the key to the city and given the N-double-A-C-P's Citizen of the Year award.
But today's Jubilee celebration was marked by a division in the ranks.
Nearly two months after she was elected the new chapter president, Brenda Hale did "not" take over today for Martin Jeffrey.
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[SOT 13:47:23]
[IN Q=It delays us]

((BRENDA HALE/NAACP PRESIDENT- ELECT: IT DELAYS US FROM GOING FORWARD WITH THE PLANS FOR THE NEW YEAR, AND WE STILL REMAIN FOCUSED. I'M STILL COMMITTED TO IMPLEMENTING CHANGE AND THAT CHANGE IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY, IT'S GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE, BUT I'M STILL COMMITTED TO ALL THE THINGS WE WANT TO IMPLEMENT IN 1999.))
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Hale's victory is on hold while N-double-A-C-P officials investigate allegations that some members were prevented from voting.
Both sides hope to meet with national officials in Baltimore to resolve the problem.
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The town of Hurt's police chief says the New Year should mean new ideas for Pittsylvania County.
And that's why he's running for sheriff.
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Ricky Moorefield announced his candidacy today.
The Air Force veteran has served the Hurt Police Department since 1992 and became chief in 1994.
Moorefield says he'd like to create a Pittsylvania County Drug Task Force and make deputies more accessible to schools.
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((RICKY MOOREFIELD/HURT POLICE CHIEF: I FEEL LIKE A DIFFERENCE CAN BE MADE. THERE CAN BE A MORE AGGRESSIVE DRUG ENFORCEMENT OPERATION TAKEN, A MORE POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS. I WANT TO WORK WITH OUR COMMUNITIES AND GET THEM INVOLVED WITH WHAT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS DOING, MAKE THEM A PART OF IT.))
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Moorefield's campaign website will be up and running this weekend so Pittsylvania County residents can take a look at some of his ideas.
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Moorefield will be running against current Sheriff Harold Plaster, who is expected to seek an third term in November.

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[edit - 10:25:58]
1998 was a year of some very big highs and lows for the stock market.
But, analysts say inspite of Wall Street's volatile year investors ended up on top.
Stacey Tisdale has more.
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((SAY THERE IS ONE WORD THAT CHARACTERIZES THE U-S STOCK MARKET IN 19-98...RESILIENT.

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AFTER STARTING THE YEAR AT ABOUT 7908,
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THE BLUE CHIPS FOUGHT BACK FROM THEIR LOW OF 75-39 REACHED AT THE END OF JULY.
AND THE DOW WILL GAIN MORE THAN 15 PERCENT FOR THE YEAR.
01:02:07 The stock market did great! Got to record high levels, then we hit a few stumbling blocks on the way starting in Asia, as it sort of spread its way through Latin America and worked its way through here into the United States. 01:02:19
THE STUMBLING BLOCKS FROM ASIA AND SOME OF THE UNITED STATES OTHER TRADING PARTNERS HIT CORPORATE AMERICA IN 2 WAYS.
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FIRST: CONSUMERS IN THOSE ECONOMICALLY WEAKEND REGIONS BOUGHT FEWER AMERICAN MADE GOODS.
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SECOND: PRODUCERS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES SOLD THEIR GOODS IN THE U-S AT LOW COSTS...
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FORCING AMERICAN COMPANIES TO KEEP PRICES LOW.
THAT TRANSLATED INTO BAD NEWS FOR U-S WORKERS...MANY COMPANIES RESPONDED BY CUTTING JOBS.
BUT ANALYSTS SAY THE SAVING GRACE FOR STOCKS AND THE ECONOMY: ALAN GREENSPAN AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE KEPT AMERICANS SPENDING BY KEEPING CUTTING INTEREST RATES.
Stephen Slifer/managing director/Lehman Brothers 01:02:43 the Fed acted agressively. They lowered interest rates I think a lot more sharply than what most folks had anticipated. So, gee, here's the Fed to the rescue. 01:02:53
ONE GROUP THAT DIDN'T SEEM TO NEED THE FED'S HELP OR ANYONE ELSE'S FOR THAT MATTER WAS TECHNOLOGY STOCKS...

SOT 12:56:23 part of that was driven by the Internet wave, and the fact that

a lot of folks wanted to earn PC's in the home. Internet access became a lot more defacto. 12:56:35
FINANCIAL STOCKS, LIKE BANKS AND BROKERS, ALSO PUT IN A STRONG PERFORMANCE.
AS FOR NEXT YEAR: MANY ANALYST THINK STOCKS WILL HAVE TROUBLE POSTING DOUBLE DIGIT GAINS DUE TO AN EXPECTED SLOWDOWN IN THE ECONOMY. MANY DO SAY, HOWEVER, TECHNOLOGY STOCKS WILL CONTINUE TO BE A HOT INVESTMENT. STACEY TISDALE, CBS MARKETWATCH, NEW YORK.))

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Up next--Steve Pardon takes a look back at a local psychic's predictions for 1998..
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They ranged from new discoveries in outer space to old Civil War artifacts that re-appeared last year.
Coming up, we'll tell you how many of the predictions came true..
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[ANCHOR=Eric]


Also, Robin Reed takes an extended look at the weather--more when we return.

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A year ago Steve Pardon introduced us to para-psychologist Deborah Carvelli.
She made 12 predictions about what 1998 would hold for the Roanoke Valley.
This week Steve Pardon took a look back to see how she did.
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(("There's definitely going to be another planet discovered" That's just one of Deborah Carvelli's predictions that came true. In May NASA found T-M-R-1-C, an object double or triple the mass of Jupiter and more than 450 light years from earth. She also correctly predicted a major discovery would help find out how the brain really works. In February we reported on a new diagnostic tool called "Brain Mapping" ((bite from Dr. Dorsey)) Two Civil War discoveries, one document and one archeological find were on Carvelli's list of things to come. Sure enough in June historians examining this condemned log cabin in Roanoke found a post card from 1827 that had been wedged between the logs, helping legitimize their claims of historic significance. Just 2 months later a Buena Vista teen was fishing when he caught a piece of history. ((bite from kid)) The specimen was take to VMI where officials confirmed it was the type used by Lieutenants in the Civil War. The arts weren't left out of the loop. Vallerie Harper performed at Randolf Macon to fulfill this prediction. ((Bite about the arts)) Predicting a local tie to space travel may have seemed a bit far fetched at the time, but do you remember in October when a group of kids from Floyd sent experiments up on the space shuttle? If you're not impressed with a psychic who went 6 for 12, I ask this question...when you gaze into the crystal ball of 1999 how many of your predictions will come true? Steve Pardon, News 7.)) [Forecasts]
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It was a day of bowl games in college football.
Mike Stevens is here with highlights in the two-minute sports ticker.
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Coming up Mike Stevens will be here to check out all the day's bowl game festivities.
[ANCHOR=Eric]


And, today on health check people with arthritis may find relief is on the way.
We'll have details about a new pain killer approved by the F-D-A.
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[VO-NAT]


And, a new study finds women who wait for motherhood can expect more pain and perhaps problems.
We'll have more details on that and a set of twins born in different years..
More when we return.
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[edit - 10:13:53]
Charlton Heston has prostate cancer.
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[edit - 14:45:35]
However, the 74-year old actor says he was never alarmed.
The cancer was apparently diagnosed in its early stages and is not life-threatening.
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Meanwhile, actor Milton Berle is under doctor's orders to take it easy this New Year..
This after the 90-year old actor suffered a mild stroke a few weeks ago.
Berle said he's feeling fine now and is looking forward to the rest of 1999.
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[edit 07:25:11]
A new pain killer may offer relief to millions of people who suffer from arthritis.
And, scientists make a new discovery in the battle against leukemia.
Mika Brzezinski has those stories and more in today's medical wrap-up.
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((ONCAM=MIKA

ON THIS NEW YEARS DAY, MEDICAL NEWS THAT HAS LONG BEEN AWAITED BY MILLIONS OF ARTHRITIS SUFFERERS. THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION HAS GIVEN ITS STAMP OF APPROVAL TO A NEW TYPE OF PAINKILLER.
VT=VO

THE NEW DRUG, CALLED --CELEBREX--, IS SAID TO PROMISE FEWER STOMACH DAMAGING SIDE EFFECTS THAN OTHER POPULAR PAINKILLERS. THE F-D-A CAUTIONS THAT THE NEW DRUG'S CLAIMED STOMACH-SAFE BENEFITS MAY HAVE BEEN OVERHYPED BY ITS MANUFACTURER.
VT=VO

A POSSIBLE BREAKTHROUGH IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER -- A REPORT RELEASED TODAY IN THE BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL --LANCET-- SAYS RESEARCHERS HAVE PINPOINTED A GENE THOUGHT TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MOST COMMON TYPE OF LEUKEMIA, IT IS THE FIRST EVIDENCE OF A HEREDITARY LINK TO THE DISEASE.
VT=VO

ANOTHER BRITISH MEDICAL STUDY SHOWS THAT WOMEN WHO SUFFER FROM MIGRANE HEADACHES HAVE A THREE AND A HALF TIMES GREATER RISK OF SUFFERING A STROKE THAN OTHER WOMEN. THE STUDY ALSO SHOWED THAT WOMEN MIGRANE SUFFERERS INCREASE THEIR RISK OF A STROKE IF THEY SMOKE, USE ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES AND HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. AND THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))




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For many women-- putting off motherhood until the late 30's or 40's may prove to be a painful decision.
That's according to a new study.
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Almost half of the first-time moms in the study had to have a Caesarean section--compared to just 23 percent of mothers in their 20's.
The study also found that more older moms reported having a prolonged or difficult labor during child birth.
The study is in the latest edition of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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It looks like a Boston baby may be the first American born in 1999..
A spokesman at Brigham and Women's Hospital confirmed the child was born at two seconds past midnight.
There's no word on the baby's name or gender.
Meanwhile, two babies in Greece are one of the few twin sisters born in different years.
The oldest girl was born during the last few minutes of 1998 last night..her sister followed at one minute into 1999.

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It was a day of bowl games in college football.
Mike Stevens is here with highlights in the two-minute sports ticker.

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Thanks Eric, Happy New Year to you and each and every one of you folks watching tonight.
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We begin with today's college bowl action down in Jacksonville where Ga. Tech beat Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl.

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Ga. Tech's Joe Hamilton got things started with a little trickery as the quarterbck hands off, and then ends up catching a TD pass from Joe Burns. It's 7-to-nothing Yeloow Jackets in the first.
Ga. Tech led 21-to-7 at halftime, but Notre Dame roared back in the third to make it a 21-to-20 game behind the running of Autry Denson.
But the same combination that killed UVa earlier this year killed the Irish. Hamilton and the dangerous
[super=36-Ga. Tech/35/Notre Dame/28;]

Dez White hook up for two second half TD's on 44 and 55 yard tosses. The Jackets win it 35-to-28.
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Elsewhere today, Penn State came from behind to beat Kentucky 26-to-14 in the Outback Bowl in Tampa.
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In Dallas, at the Cotton Bowl, Heisman winner Ricky Williams - college football's all-time leading rusher finished up his collegiate career by scoring two TDs
[super=36-Texas/38/Mississippi St./11;]

and rushing for 164 yards. Texas mauled Mississippi State 38-to-11.
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In the Citrus Bowl, Michigan beat Arkansas 45-to-31.[S5-Peach]


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The missed kicks in last night's Peach Bowl no doubt had UVa faithful kicking themselves.
But the kicking crisis would have been a moot point had the Cavs avoided another late game collapse.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Last Night; :00]


The Cavs needed some late game heorics from Aaron Brooks just to get close in the final minutes after they blew a 21-to-nothing lead and lost to Georgia 35-to-33.
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((BYRON THWEATT/UVA LINEBACKER:)) ((ADRIAN BURNIM/UVA CORNERBACK:)) ((THOMAS JONES/106 YARDS LAST NIGHT:))
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[OUT Q=...NEXT SEASON."]
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Steve Mason will more from the Cavs tonight at six o'clock as they not only look back at last night, but look ahead to next season.
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[wipe to pinnacle page 7505]
And if you're looking ahead to tomorrow. Your Hometown Station has an ACC basketball doubleheader coming your way. At two o'clock North Carolina takes on Clemson, and then at four - Ga. Tech battles N.C. State.
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In the NHL this afternoon, the Senators beat the Washington Caps 4-to-3, while the Hurricanes and Panthers tied at 3.
See you at six everybody. Take care. [go to break]






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[edit - 10:02:18]
As many people bid farewell to 1998 last night, many New Yorkers said goodbye to a familiar sight--the big New Year's Eve ball.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


About a half-million people crowded into Times Square last night--braving the 20-degree weather and waiting for the final seconds of 1998.
Right at midnight the New Year's Eve ball dropped and the fireworks followed.
But, this was the final descent for the famous ball of the big Apple.
Next year it will be replaced with a new Waterford Crystal ball that will usher in the year 2000.
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