[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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Two days after a deadly multi car pileup, one lane of I-81 north in Rockbridge County is still closed.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the latest on word on tickets for next month's Elton John Concert.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[W&L-Student]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
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Northbound Interstate 81 is down to one lane again this afternoon.
Crews are still trying to clear wreckage from Sunday's accident.
V-Dot says the road may not be fully open until tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Washington and Lee students are beginning the winter term on a sad note.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.]


19-year old freshman Jon Nabors was one of four people killed in Sunday's multi-vehicle pileup..
The accident has hit Nabors' freshmen friends especially hard.
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((JASON MILLER/RESIDENT COUNSELOR; IT'S HARD FOR, ESPECIALLY FOR HIS SUITE-MATES, TO ADJUST AND I THINK THE ONLY THING I CAN DO, IS WHAT I'VE TRIED TO DO, TO JUST OFFER MYSELF TO THEM , IF THEY NEED TO TALK OR THEY NEED TO YELL, OR JUST NEED TO SIT IN A ROOM WITH SOMEBODY ELSE THERE)) ((BRIAN SHAW/W&L SPOKESMAN; IT'S MIXED IN WITH THE ELATION OF OF STARTING THE TERM, THE EXCITMENT OF GETTING BACK TO SCHOOL AND GETTING THINGS UNDER WAY, AND THEN TO HAVE A TRAGEDY LIKE THIS HAPPEN, IT'S HARD TO UNDERSTAND HOW SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAPPEN AND HOW YOU DEAL WITH IT))
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[SUPER=01-Brian Shaw/W&L Spokesman; :18]
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[VO-NAT]


Nabors' 15 year old sister was also killed in the crash.
Their father and mother were both seriously injured.
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[Bramblett]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Earl Bramblett was never competant to stand trial.
That's what his defense attorney told the state supreme court yesterday.
Terry Grimes argued that in 1997 a judge wrongly determined that Bramblett was competant to stand trial.
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A Roanoke County jury convicted Bramblett of murdering Teresa and Blane Hodges and their two children.
He was sentenced to death.
Bramblet maintains his innocence, saying his conviction was secured through a conspiracy involving police, his own lawyers and his victims.
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[Manassas-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
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A Manassas man faces a first-degree murder charge after allegedly stabbing his wife to death in front her children.
Police say Deborah Battle yelled run when she saw John Battle approaching yesterday morning.
An eleventh grader tried to intervene but backed off when she saw the man had a knife.
Police say John Battle was served with divorce papers in early December.
He turned himself in to police and will be arraigned today.

[Elton-John]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#98-74 TC42:03]
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People who want a ticket to Elton John's Roanoke Concert can start lining up on Friday-- not for a ticket but for a wristband.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Tina/Microwave]


Tina Tenret is at the Roanoke Civic Center with the latest.
Tina?
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[TINA's Mike Hot]
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[Live=Tina Full/Microwave]
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[SUPER=01-Robyn Schon/Roanoke Civic Center]
(Tina interview civic center person)
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[Ticket Prices full screen when she calls for it]
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[IRAQ]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The White House reports confrontation today in the air over Iraq.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

[11:03:39]
A senior U-S official says four U-S warplanes fired air to air missiles at Iraqi planes in the no- fly zone over souther Iraq.
The U-S missiles apparently missed, but one Iraqi plane crashed after runing out of fuel.
Today's episode marks another escalation of tensions over the ''no-fly'' zones, enforced by the U-S and Britain since the Gulf war.
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[IMPEACHMENT]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
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One day before lawmakers return to Washington, Dennis Hastert is expected to move a step closer to being the next House speaker.
Republicans are expected to formally endorse him later today.
The first order of business tomorrow in the House will be another vote on the impeachment issue - giving key House members the authority to present evidence against the President in a Senate trial.
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[10:06:22]
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((REP. LINDSEY GRAHAM/R-SC; "WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS TO BE ABLE TO DEVELOP THE CASE IN A PERSUASIVE MANNER FROM THE HOUSE'S POINT OF VIEW AND ALLOW THE PRESIDENT TO BE ABLE TO VIGOROUSLY DEFEND HIMSELF. ))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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If there does end up being a full-scale Senate impeachment trial members of the White House legal team are working on a hard-nosed defense that'll include attacks on Kenneth Starr's evidence.

[DOLE-ASHCROFT]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
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After stepping down as President of the Red Cross, Elizabeth Dole has yet to announce her intentions to run for President in 2000.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[7:17:02]
This morning Dole said that she is considering a number of possible political options and that running for the presidency is a definate consideration.
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[10:04:27-48]
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((DOLE;THE RED CROSS IS BASED ON A TRADITION OF TRUST....SAY SOME PRAYERS FOR DISCERNMENT. ))
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Dole/Former President American Red Cross;]
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[OUT Q=SAY SOME PRAYERS FOR DISCERNMENT.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Springfield, MO;]

[11:07:34 ]
Another top contender for the Republican nomination, Senator John Ashcroft announced today he will seek another term in the Senate rather than run for the White House.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The first link of the Roanoke Valley Greenway is open for business.
That story is up next on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


Frigid temperatures, heavy snow, stranded passengers-- all thanks to the winter blast that's gripping the eastern half of the country.
Let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro] [music up full] [comm1]

[Greenways]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The first piece of a recreation path that could stretch for hundreds of miles in place.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Roanoke opened part of its much talked-about Greenway this morning.
It's a quarter-mile stretch of pavement that runs through Smith Park.
By the time the whole system is built, Greenways could run through Salem, Vinton and Roanoke County.
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((MIKE LOVEMAN: WE ANTICIPATE MANY OTHER MILES OF GREENWAYS, WE'RE WORKING WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS IN THE CITY, AND WITH RONAOKE VALLEY GREENWAY COMMISSION AND WITH OTHER CITES AND JURISDICTIONS.))
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The Greenway is a place to walk, ride a bike or Rollerblade.
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[E-Gasline-Explosion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#98-71 1:15:41]
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Gas service has been restored to the majority of folks affected by Sunday's natural gas pipeline explosion.
All but about 250 of the nearly 15- hundred customers affected are back in service.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville/Sunday;]


Officials still don't know what caused the pipeline to explode, sending flames 300- feet into the air.
A nearby house and business were destroyed.
Gas company employees have been working 'round the clock to restore service to customers.
Some workers haven't slept in two days but manage to stay awake.
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[IN Q=Well the]

((RANDALL GREER/GAS COMPANY EMPLOYEE: WELL THE WEATHER HELPS OUT CAUSE THERE'S NO WAY YOU WANT TO LAY DOWN WHEN IT'S COLD LIKE THIS. ))
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[OUT Q=like this.]
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[VO-NAT]


Gas company officials hope to have service restored to everyone by late this afternoon.
They say their biggest obstacle right now is that not everyone is at home when they show up to turn on the meter and re-start the pilot light.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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Bitter cold is following on the heels of the weekend snow storm in the Midwest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI;]

[7:05:05]
At least 60 deaths have been blamed on the storm, and many travelers remain stranded in airports.
Northwest Airlines canceled more flights this morning in Detroit.
[SUPER=03-Buffalo, NY;]


Meantime, Buffalo, New York, a city used to harsh weather, is virtually shut down today.
And forecasters are predicting several inches of new snow on top of the 15 already on the ground.
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[RIVERSIDE-SHOOTING]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=MEL]
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The F-B-I is looking into the death of a young black woman shot 12 times by police in Riverside, California.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Riverside, CA/December 28, 1998;]


Last week police in Riverside, California, say they found 19 year old Tyisha Miller asleep in a car with a gun in her lap.
They say they opened fire when she woke up and grabbed the weapon.
But Miller's relatives claim the shooting was racially motivated and have filed a lawsuit.
Some 300 protestors marched in front of Riverside police headquarters yesterday.
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[IN Q=]

((-BURNELL BUTLER/VICTIM'S UNCLE; "I MEAN, A NINETEEN YEAR OLD FEMALE, IT'S JUST SENSELESS TO ME. AND THERE'S GOT TO BE AN ANSWER. ))
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Federal prosecutors say the F-B-I will do a preliminary investigation into whether Miller's civil rights were violated.
After that, they'll decide if a full investigation is warranted.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Grammy nominations are out-- find out if your favorite musician made the list in just a moment on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Great Britain reveals the first official memorial to Princess Diana.
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[Diana-Prince]


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Britian's Royal Mint today unveiled a new five pound coin with Princess Diana's portrait on it.
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[VO-NAT]

[10:08:41]
It is the first official memorial organized by the memorial committee set up after Diana's death.
[SUPER=03-Klosters, Switzerland;]

[7:47:28]
Meantime, a rare photo shoot for her youngest son Prince Harry and his father Prince Charles.
The two agreed to pose for the world's media yesterday in return for privacy during the rest of their ski trip in Switzerland.
Sixteen year old Prince William, who doesn't care for skiing, chose to spend his winter vacation with friends in Scotland.
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[grammys]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
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[GRAPHIC=Grammy Awards]


A big day for the music industry.
This year's grammy nominees were announced this morning in Los Angeles.
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[VO-NAT]


Shania Twain is one of the contenders for album of the year, along with hip hop artist Lauryn Hill, Madonna, Sheryl Crow and Garbage.
The 41st annual Grammy Awards will air next month on C-B-S.
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[Stocks]


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[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 48 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


In sports, it probably feels a little warmer south of the border today--
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[VO-NAT]


as football fans in Tennessee celebrate the Vols big Fiesta Bowl win.
We'll have more from college football's new national champs, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[Tennessee]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
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For the first time in almost fifty years, the Tennessee Volunteers are the kings of college football.
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((THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. WE'VE BEEN WAITING SO LONG FOR THIS. WE FINALLY GET THE RESPECT WE NEED...SCREAMING!!!))
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[OUT Q=respect we need..(screaming)]
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[VO-NAT]


The celebrations are still going on in Knoxville, after a 23- 16 win over Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl capped the Vols perfect season.
[SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ/ABC Sports;]


Tennessee would strike first, and took a commanding 14- nothing lead in the first minute and a half of the second quarter.
Tee Martin threw a four- yard touchdown pass to Shawn Bryson start off the action, and just seconds later, Dwayne Goodrich picked off a Seminole pass and returned it 54 yards to put the Vols up 14.
Florida State was down 14- 9 at the half, and the Noles didn't make it easy for Tennessee.
With less than four minutes remaining, F-S-U quarterback Marcus Outzen makes good on the sneak- and the lead was only 7.
But with just over a minute left in the game, Steve Johnson picks off Outzen to secure the win and the National championship for Tennessee.
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[Poll]


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It comes as no surprise that the Vols are sitting atop the final Associated Press poll.
Ohio State moves up to number two, followed by Florida State, Arizona and Florida.
Following their last- second Peach Bowl loss to the Bulldogs, the 9 and 3 Cavaliers fall from number thirteen to number eighteen, while Georgia finishes up in the fourteenth spot.
Virginia Tech's big win in the Music City Bowl has the 9 and 3 Hokies resting at number twenty-three.

[NBA]


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The possability for a dramatic last-minute agreement in the N-B-A appears dim. The owners labor relations committee voted down the latest player proposal yesterday-- the players will vote on the owners' final proposal tomorrow. But Commissioner David Stern says the two parties are far apart.
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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If there's no agreement reached by tomorrow, the season will likely be cancelled on Thursday.

[Women]


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The Lady Hokies turned number 13 into a lucky win, beating A-10 rival Dayton at the Dedmon Center.
Tech is ranked number 14 in the A-P poll this week, moving up from sixteenth.
Denise Allen reports.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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In the ACC last night, the Duke women beat UVa 84-to-68.

[Express]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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Since Elton John will take over the Roanoke Civic Center on February 19th, the Express will be on the ice tonight for it's rescheduled bout with Toledo.
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[VO-NAT]


The game with the Storm will pit two of the hottest teams in the league against each other.
The Express and the Northwest Division leader are both 7-2 and 1 in their last ten games.
Face-off is tonight at seven at the Roundhouse.
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[ECHL]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sma]
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Renegades vs. Express; :00]


Express goalie Daniel Berthiaume is the E-C-H-L goalie of the week.
The veteran was two and OH this past week and gave up only two goals, while making 68 saves. That's a .971 saves percentage. He's also won his last four starts.
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[anchor=Patrick]
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In one other Express note, rookie defenseman Calvin Elfring should be suited up and on the ice tonight for Roanoke. Elfring was part of the deal for Chris Lipsett-- he's been playing with the A-H-L's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.