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A U-S peace effort has been greeted with a closed door in Yugoslavia as tomorrow's NATO deadline approaches.
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And a winter storm begins to hit the region, forcing some schools to close early.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[Schoolwatch]


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A Winter storm is on the way.
We'll talk to Patrick Evans in just a moment but first we have a few school closing to tell you about.
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[Winter-Storm]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
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[TAPE#98-76 TC1:47:47]
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Road crews in the New River Valley are prepared for whatever Old Man Winter may have in store.
[Double Boxes=Patrick and Teresa/Microwave]


That's where we find Teresa Hamilton-- who joins us live from outside our Blacksburg newsroom.
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[SUPER=@Teresa1;]
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Patrick-- V-DOT officials here are optimistic that this storm won't be too tough to handle.
Temperatures around the New River Valley have generally been the upper 30s lately-- which means the ground and pavement are NOT frozen.
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((DAN BRUGH/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER: WHAT THAT TELLS US IS THAT CERTAINLY WE DON'T HAVE ANY THOUGH THAT THERE WOULD BE ANY ICING ASSOCIATED WITH THIS STORM.))
Dan Brugh is a resident engineer in V-DOT's Christiansburg office.
In his opinion, unless it snows extremely hard-- residents shouldn't have too many problems getting around thanks the recent stretch of warm temperatures-- which have left the ground and pavement relatively warm.
But should Old Man Winter be a force to reckon with-- Brugh says his office is prepared to take handle roads in Montgomery, Giles and Pulaski Counties.
This morning-- his crews were making last minute minor repairs to equipment.
And-- a number of his staff are prepared to work twelve hour shifts starting at 8-pm.
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((DAN BRUGH/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER:OUR CREWS, CERTAINLY, PART OF THEM WILL HAVE TO WORK ALL NIGHT AND WE'LL LET THEM GO HOME IN THE AFTERNOON, A WHILE, AND COME BACK LATER TONIGHT TO WORK A 12-HOUR SHIFT.))))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The family of one of thegirls switched at birth appears to have reached a financial settlement with the state.
Two million dollars will be paid to Rebecca Chittum of Buena Vista-- in stages until she turns 30.
The family of the other girl, Callie Johnson, rejected a settlement offer.
A newspaper said the lawyer for Callie's mother made a counter-offer of 25 million dollars.

[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
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Less than 24 hours before the deadline for an agreement between Serbs and ethnic Albanians, Yugoslavia's president refuses to meet with a U-S official.
NATO is threatening to launch air strikes unless the talks in near Paris produce an agreement by noon tomorrow.
Randall Pinkston reports.
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((IN A LAST DITCH EFFORT TO AVOID USE OF FORCE, SECRETARY OF STATE MADELINE ALBRIGHT WILL RETURN TO THE NEGOTIATIONS IN FRANCE TO URGE MILOSOVIC TO CUT A DEAL WITH ETHNIC ALBANIANS.
SOT: MADELINE ALBRIGHT/SECRETART OF STATE. I think he should understand that if airstrikes occur, he will be hit hard a

nd he will be deprived of the things he values.
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(British families evacuated)

THIS MORNING, FAMILIES AND NON ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL WERE PACKING UP AND PULLING OUT OF BELGRADE. THE DIPLOMATS THEMSELVES ARE STAYING PUT FOR NOW,
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(OSCE monitors on standby)

SO ARE THE OSCE MONITORS ON THE GROUND IN KOSOVO. BUT THEY , TOO, ARE READY TO EVACUATE QUICKLY IF THE PEACE TALKS BREAK DOWN AND NATO IS ORDERED TO STRIKE.
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(Planes, US troops)

ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, THE U.S. MILITARY WILL BE INVOLVED IN KOSOVO...TO EITHER PUNISH SERBS FOR FAILING TO REACH AN AGREEMENT, OR AS PART OF A PEACE KEEPING FORCE IF LAST MINUTE NEGOTIATIONS SUCCEED.
(Recent -- Serb troops)

MEANWHILE, SERB MILITARY FORCES ARE ON THE MOVE... IN A SHOW OF DEFIANCE AGAINST WESTERN PRESSURE.
SOT: ZIVADIN JOVANOVIC/YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER mentioning bombs

against serbia in the midst of negotiations in rambouillet cannot be interpreted as a real desire of helping political negotiations.
(Recent -- Albanian refugees)

ANXIOUSLY AWAITNG THE OUTCOME OF ALL OF THIS ETHNIC ALBANIANS WHO MAKE UP 90 PER CENT OF KOSOVO AND LIVE IN FEAR OF SERBIAN RETALIATION.
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THE CUT OFF TIME FOR PEACE AGREEMENT IS NOON TOMORROW AND THE U-S SAYS IT WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY EXTENSION OF THIS DEADLINE. RP, CBSN, London.)) [tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


A waiting period for abortions won't make it through the General Assembly this year.
But the bill's sponsor says he'll be back.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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And a drug taken by millions in the fifties and sixties is raising fears about cancer.
But scientists say there may be nothing to worry about, just yet.
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Russian and German leaders are discussing compensation for the survivors of Nazi concentration camps.
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The issue came up today in a Kremlin meeting between Russian leader Boris Yeltsin and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (GEHR'-hahrd SHROH'-dur).
It's the first time the two sides have jointly raised the issue.
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[Polio-Vaccine]


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Researchers are trying to calm fears about recent reports linking an old polio vaccine with present day cancers.
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During the late 19-50's and early 60's, a monkey virus called S-V-40 had contaminated some batches of the salk Polio vaccine.
Now a study out of Baylor Medical College in Houston has found this same virus in certain types of cancer, including a rare form of lung cancer.
But the report's author says it's still too early to jump to conclusions.
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((DR. JANET BUTEL/BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE: WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE WERE EXPOSED TO SV40 THROUGH THE USE OF THE CONTAMINATED VACCINE, BUT.. I WOULD PREDICT THAT THE VIRUS WAS INTRODUCED MORE BROADLY INTO THE POPULATION AT THE SAME TIME.."))
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One of those agents could be asbestos, long thought to be the culprit behind the dramatic increase of these rare cancers.
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[E-Abortion-Bill]


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A 24 hour waiting period on abortions will not happen this year in Virginia- It was defeated by one vote.
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The waiting period bill is the abortion limit that is widely considered "most likely to succeed" next in Virginia.
But the Senate Education and Health Committee was its final resting place this year.
Last night's committee arguments focused on how much counseling is given in Virginia clinics.
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((OLIVIA GANS/AMERICAN VICTIMS OF ABORTION: WHAT FRIGHTENS US IS THAT THERE'S THIS ASSUMPTION...EVERYTHING WE NEED TO KNOW.))
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((KAREN BYER/VIRGINIA ABORTION COUNSELOR: I THINK ANY WOMAN WHO COMES IN STRESSING THAT SHE'S EXPERIENCING GUILT OR DOUBT THAT SHE COULD NOT COPE WITH-- WE WOULD DEFINITELY CANCEL HER APPOINTMENT AND REFER HER TO APPROPRIATE SERVICES.))


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The bill's sponsor says he's pleased to keep winning over Democrats.
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((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: I'M ENCOURAGED THAT EVERY YEAR WE PICK UP AN ADDITIONAL VOTE. IT'S BEEN FIVE, SIX, THIS YEAR SEVEN. WE'RE ONE AWAY FROM VICTORY AND I'M COMMITTED TO BRINGING THE BILL BACK EVERY YEAR UNTIL IT PASSES.))
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Earlier yesterday, the same Senate committee threw out a bill that would have required abortion clinics to upgrade to hospital standards.
That bill died on an 11 to 4 vote.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


We'll get ready to take the plunge in just a moment on News-7 at Noon.
The Special Olympics Polar Plunge that is.
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And these guys are ready to plunge too.
Check out the latest additions to the Salt Lake City zoo next.
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[Bear-cubs]


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What's fluffy and white and unbearably cute?
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[7:41:31]
The new polar bear cubs at a Salt Lake City zoo.
The twin brothers were born last Thanksgiving and they're just now starting to venture out of their den with their mother.
Eventually, they'll be moved to a zoo in Memphis.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
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Speaking of polar bears, it looks like the weather has changed just in time for the Roanoke Valley polar plunge.

Tomorrow's annual event benefits Special Olympics.
Nancy Harman joins us now with the details.
So explain what happens tomorrow at Philpott Lake.
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[Melanie tosses to Patrick in Double Boxes][Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 51 points.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, the man who walked away from Carolina is ready to take on the Big Apple.
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Plus, it's high school tournament time, and Roanoke Valley Christian hasn't been grounded yet.
We'll have details on those stories and more coming up.
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[Collins]


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Kerry Collins is quick becoming the N-F-L's favorite journeyman.
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Published reports say the former Panthers' quarterback is close to signing with the New York Giants.
Collins has reportedly received an offer for a four- year, sixteen million dollar contract, along with a five milion dollar signing bonus.
The 26- year old started last season with Carolina, before deciding he didn't want to be the starter.
He signed with New Orleans midway through the season, but was released by the Saints this winter.
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[Braves]


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The Atlanta Braves opened spring training yesterday with high hopes and high anxiety. The players learned that first baseman Andres Gallaraga has cancer and will miss the entire season.
His doctors found a tumor in a small bone in his back during an M-R-I.
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Gallaraga batted three-oh-five last year, with forty-four homeruns and a hundred and twenty-one r-b-i.
Left fielder Ryan Klesko is expected to take over duties at first base this season. That would leave Otis Nixon and Gerald Williams to battle for the outfield spot.

[Yanks]


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As we told you yesterday, the defending world champion New York Yankees made a blockbuster trade by sending fan favorite David Wells to the Toronto Blue Jays for five-time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens.
The Yanks get a future hall of famer in Clemens, althought giving up Wells wasn't easy to do.
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Joining Wells north of the border are Australian lefthander Graham Lloyd and second baseman Homer Bush.

[Tech]


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The Lady Hokies will go into the Atlantic Ten tournament with the number one seed. The tenth- ranked Hokies got eighteen points from Tere Williams and fifteen from Michelle Housewright in a 70 to 57 win over La Salle last night.
The team is 24 and 1 as it heads into its final home game Sunday against George Washington.

[Pioneer]


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Up in Clifton Forge last night, four teams kicked off the semi finals in the Pioneer District.
Roy Stanley has more.
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(( Highland was hoping to five Parry McCluer its first district loss.
The Rams Jon Warner drives in and shoots this nice jumper early in the third the Blues led by 11.
The Blues would play tight defense watch as Lee Stinnett steals the ball and races all the way down the court for the nice layup and Parry MNcCluer would take a 56 to 37 lead.
The Rams would play a gouth inside game as Gabe Narduzzi shoots this short jumper to cut the blues lead to 20.
Parry McCluer would add to that lead as Jason Wright gets the ball inside and scores the duce for 17 points and the Blues remain undefeated with tthe 80 to 49 win. )) ((NELSON FOX/PARRY MCCLUER HEAD COACH:)) ((James River and Covington hooked up in the night cap.
The knights defense would play tough as Josh Simmons intercepts this pass and takes it coast to coast for the score and a 6 point lead.
Covington would play the boards tough as Travis Bogar muscles his way inside for the rebound and basket to cut the lead to 4.
The Knights would again up their lead when Joe Ingram shoots this nice jumper to make it 15 to 9.
But the Cougars claw their way back Michael Allen throws the pass inside to Chad Ward to tie the game and Covington wins 49 to 46.))
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[RVC]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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Twenty- two games later, Roanoke Valley Christian is still undefeated.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/N. Cross vs. R. V. Christian; :00]


The Eagles' Josh Foster warmed up before making an assault on the 1000 career point mark.
Foster needed just four points to hit the magical mark, and this jumper put him there in the first quarter.
Foster was given a game ball and then he went back to work.
This time he gets good position and hits one from the baseline.
And then his teammates took over.
K.C. Gilbert feeds Justin Hurt in the lane, and the big man gets free for two.
North Cross put up a good fight-- getting big plays like this one from
[SUPER=33-North Cross/68/R. V. Christian/87/;]

Sam Polhamus.
But Roanoke Valley Christian gets the 87- 68 win and improves to twenty-two and oh on the season.
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[Piano-prodigy]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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At the age when most children are just beginning piano lessons, one Japanese six year old is already wowing audiences.
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[7:39:37]
Mariko Shimoda emigrated with her parents to Peru when she was three.
She began learning the piano when she was four.
In addition to performing concerts in Lima, she has already played with numerous orchestra's throughout the Unit(------------) ed States.