[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Some towns in North Carolina remain under water, days after Hurricane Floyd came ashore.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the wife of a former Soviet leader has died.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Clouds are gradually moving into the region...with showers following by this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the water- logged east coast will likely another round of unwelcomed rain, this time from Tropical Storm Harvey.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]



[Raisa-Gorbachev]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The wife of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has died of leukemia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


Raisa (rah-EE'-sah) Gorbachev died today at a hospital in Germany.
Doctors say Mrs. Gorbachev began chemotherapy treatment in Germany in July and at first showed signs of improvement.
But her condition worsened in recent days.
In his memoirs, Mikhail Gorbachev writes that his wife was his soul mate and partner in both family life and politics.
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[Bus-Crash]


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


At least 26 people were killed and dozens injured when a bus careened off a highway in Spain yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-La Muela, Spain]


The bus, carrying 52 mostly elderly passengers and the driver, tumbled off the highway and into a ditch full of water.
More than a dozen bodies were found under the bus when a crane lifted it more than three hours later.
The cause of the crash is unknown, but authorities say heavy rains in the area could have been a factor.
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[FLOYD-CLEANUP]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Aftermath]


More federal assistance is available for parts of Eastern Virginia hit by Hurricane Floyd.
Housing grants and low-interest loans are now available after President Clinton issued a disaster declaration over the weekend.
Meanwhile, floodwaters are beginning to recede near the town of Franklin, but parts of Interstate 95 and Route 460 remain closed.
Nearly 30-thousand people are will without power.
Five days after Hurricane Floyd hit North Carolina, parts of that state are still flooded and more rain is expected tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tarboro, NC;]

[4:20;05]
President Clinton will get a personal look at some of the damage when he visits the region today.
The death toll stands at 45 from Floyd, with 20 of the deaths in North Carolina.
Thousands of residents spent another night in shelters and hundreds of roads are still closed.
Floyd has also hit farms hard.
North Carolina Poultry farms lost a million birds, and 100-thousand hogs were killed-- officials say the damage to agriculture could near a billion dollars.
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[Rockbridge-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Rockbridge Co. Fatal]


A Lexington man is dead after a car accident yesterday morning.
State police say 49-year-old Larry Wayne Gordon was traveling Northbound on Route 11 in Rockbridge County when his car veered off the side of the road and struck several trees.
The accident occurred shortly after 8 a-m. Gordon died about an hour and a half later.



[S-Pride-Park]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-35 TC1:00:23]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The Roanoke Valley's gay community came together to celebrate their sexuality yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


It's called Pride in the Park.
And this year marks the 10th annual festival.
It's also a time to deal with issues affecting the gay community.
Some say they still face discrimination, and the recent Wasena Park sting-- when several gay men were arrested for allegedly asking for oral sex-- made matters worse.
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[SOT 00:20:15]
[IN Q=Basically we feel]

((DAVID PERRY/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE LOBBYIST:BASICALLY THE VIRGINIA STATE SODOMY LAW WE FEEL IS THE ROOT OF MOST DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LESBIANS AND GAYS IN THIS STATE))
[SUPER=01-David Perry/Virginians for Justice Lobbyist]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=in this state]
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[VO-NAT]


The Virginians for Justice are now asking for the law to be applied equally to gays and heterosexuals.
And they say the Pride in the Park rally is an opportunity to show solidarity on the issue.
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[E-Burlington-Elementary]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-32 57:40]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Thousands of students have attended Roanoke County's Burlington Elementary over the years...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


And yesterday some former students as well as current students came out to celebrate the school's 60th anniversary and building dedication.
Three generations of the Huffman family have attended Burlington -- and Raymon Huffman was one of the first students go to the school in 1939.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:38:20]
[IN Q=It means a whole]

((RAYMON HUFFMAN/FORMER BURLINGTON ELEMENTARY STUDENT: IT MEANS A WHOLE LOT THAT THE SCHOOL IS STILL HERE, STILL GOES BY THE NAME OF BURLINGTON. WE'RE JUST REALLY PROUD OF THE SCHOOL. IT'S JUST PART OF OUR FAMILY REALLY))
[SUPER=01-Raymon Huffman/Former Burlington Elem. Student]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=family really]
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[VO-NAT]


The building has grown over the years with the most recent additions of a new gym, library, and six new classrooms.


The school houses kindergarten through the fifth grades.
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[1-Sports]


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


The Redskins build another big lead, and this time they hold it.
Roy Stanley has our Mornin' sports report.
Good Morning Roy.
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[IN Q=Good morning.]
[RUNS=1:52]
[OUT Q=More later on Mornin.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[One-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-5]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=01-Anne Grove/Rke. Symphony Volunteer Assoc.;]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Rke. Symphony Volunteer Assoc. :00]
[RUNS= 1:25]
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[Steve Live]

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[E-Drought-Prayer]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=99-29 1:05:14]
[GRAPHIC=Drought of 99]


What Floyd didn't do for much of the area-- many folks are hoping prayer will.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Lee Plaza in downtown Roanoke was filled with the sounds of prayer yesterday as many people, including officials and community leaders, attended a service in hopes of turning the ongoing water shortage around.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[10:16:30-10:16:42]
[IN Q=There's more]

((RUSS ALDEN/ORGANIZER: THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN JUST RAIN. THERE NEEDS TO BE A COOPERATIVE EFFORT... TAKING CARE OF THE WATER RESOURCE.))
[SUPER=01-Russ Alden/Organizer]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=of the water resource.]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke city, Roanoke County, Salem, and Vinton were represented at the prayer service.
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[WebWatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=Webwatch]
[GRAPHIC=Webwatch]


Al Gore says it's time to get tough with cyber stalkers.
And the web is the place to learn how stuff works.
Eric Earnhart has more in this week's WebWatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Gore released a new]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=EE, News-7]

(([intro]
[RUNS= :05]


Gore released a new Justice Department report saying state and federal laws aren't strong enough to deal with online stalking, which is on the rise....
He's pushing tougher penalties that specifically deal with chat room or e-mail harassment.
American Air Lines is canceling 20 percent of it's New Year's Eve flights... it says it has nothing to with Y2K concerns, they're almost done updating computers... They're cutting flights because of slow ticket sales... which may indicate consumers are still uncertain.
Governor Gilmore's commission looking at internet taxes says the big question is not IF online sales should be taxed, but HOW, is it practical... the commission met in New York last week.
Practical or not, internet taxes may not play well for politicians.
A recent Gallup Poll found more than a third of voters surveyed would NOT vote for a candidate who favors taxing internet sales.
Two thirds think internet taxes will slow the growth of online commerce.
Ever wonder "how stuff works"?
Like... how televisions actually receive a color picture... or why CD's do that "rainbow thing".
It's all on a website, appropriately named... howstuffworks-dot-com.
Site creator Marshall Brain (yes its his real name) even tackles that age old "which came first, chicken and egg question."
Links to this and other sites are on the WebWatch page, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ7-dot-com.))

[Vistar]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Health Check]


Vistar Eye Center is taking another shot at building an outpatient surgery center.
The group of Roanoke Valley opthamologists said it will file a notice of appeal this week with the state health commissioner.
Last year, the state Health Department denied a certificate of public need for the outpatient center.
The doctors say the proposed center would be more convenient and less expensive for elderly patients than hospital treatments.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News-7 at Five.

[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, there two new breakthroughs in breast cancer treatment.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:18]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]

((WOMEN HERE IN THE U-S HAVE A NEW ALTERNATIVE IN BREAST CANCER TREATMENT.
VT=VO

((vo)) THE DRUG IS CALLED ELLENCE AND WAS JUST APPROVED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. ELLENCE HAS BEEN USED BY MORE THAN A MILLION WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN IT REDUCES THE RISK OF CANCER RECURRENCE BY 24 PERCENT WHEN COMPARED TO CURRENT THERAPIES. LIKE MANY CANCER TREATMENTS, ELLENCE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO HAVE SIDE EFFECTS IN SOME WOMEN. THOSE INCLUDE, HAIR LOSS, NAUSEA AND VOMITING.
VT=VO

((vo)) IN OTHER BREAST CANCER RELATED NEWS, AN F-D-A PANEL UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDED EXPANDED USE FOR TAXOL..THE WORLD'S MOST WIDELY USED CANCER DRUG. EXPERTS SAY THE DRUG SHOULD BE USED IN PATIENTS WITH EARLY STAGE BREAST CANCER. TAXOL IS CURRENTLY USED TO FIGHT SOME TYPES OF BREAST CANCERS, LUNG CANCERS AND OVARIAN CANCER. FINAL APPROVAL IS STILL PENDING BUT THE F-D-A USUALLY FOLLOWS IT'S PANELS RECOMMENDATIONS.
VT=VO

((vo)) AND A THERAPY USED TO FIGHT SOME ILLNESSES SHOWS PROMISE IN PATIENTS WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. RESEARCH OUT OF THE MAYO CLINIC HAS SHOWN THAT REPLACING THE BLOOD PLASMA IN PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM SERIOUS ATTACKS OF M-S HELPED ABOUT 40 PERCENT OF THEM IMPROVE. DOCTORS WARN THAT PLASMA REPLACEMENT IS BY NO MEANS A CURE AND SHOULD NOT BE USED AS THE FIRST TREATMENT FOR ATTACKS.
ONCAM=MIKA

((mika)) AND THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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[Two-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#NONE]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


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



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[essc#87??]



[Double Boxes=KMC & SPA]
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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


Some towns in North Carolina remain under water, days after Hurricane Floyd dumped up to 20 inches of rain on the state.
Meanwhile, forecasters are calling for a chance of more rain in the region from Tropical Storm Harvey.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


International peacekeepers have secured the harbor in East Timor's capital.
The heavily armed troops from Australia, New Zealand and Britain arrived this morning.
Twenty-five-hundred troops are expected to be in the ground by this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Raisa (rah-EE'-sah) Gorbachev the wife of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, has died of leukemia.
Mrs. Gorbachev died Monday at a hospital in Germany.
She was 67.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Monday, September 20th.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-FLOYD-CLEANUP]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=MORN]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Aftermath]


Floodwaters are beginning to recede near the Eastern Virginia town of Franklin, but parts of Interstate 95 and Route 460 remain closed.
Nearly 30-thousand people are still without power.
More federal assistance is available for parts of Eastern Virginia hit by Hurricane Floyd.
Housing grants and low-interest loans are now available after President Clinton issued a disaster declaration over the weekend.
Floyd's effects are still being felt across the border in North Carolina as well.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tarboro, NC;]

[4:20:05]
The storm dumped more than 20 inches of rain in eastern North Carolina.
And the floodwaters continue to rise.
Floyd claimed 20 lives in the state.
Thousands of residents spent another night in shelters and hundreds of roads are still closed.
Meantime, North Carolina farmers lost a million chickens and tens of thousands of hogs.
Agricultural damage could be close to a billion dollars.
President Clinton will get a personal look at the damage when he visits the state today.
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[E-Pride-Park]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-35 1:01:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's called Pride in Park.
And for Roanoke's gay and lesbian community-- it's a time to celebrate.
Yesterday marked the 10th annual celebration.
As Joy Sutton reports.
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[IN Q=Pride in the Park]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; 00]
[SUPER=01-Robert Morrow/Pride in the Park Coordinator; 11]
[SUPER=07-Rev. Catherine Houchins; 28]
[SUPER=01-David Perry/Virginians for Justice Lobbyist; 46]
[SUPER=@Joy2; 1:10]
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[OUT Q=N7 Roanoke]

(( Pride in the Park is a once a year event -- when members of the gay community can get together and be free and open about who they are.
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[SOT 02:33:55]
[IN Q=A lot of folks]

((ROBERT MORROW/PRIDE IN THE PARK COORDINATOR: A LOT OF FOLKS MAY NOT REALIZE THAT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO DO THINGS LIKE HOLD YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER'S HAND AS YOU'RE WALKING DOWN THE STREET. WHICH IN COMMON SOCIETY WE OFTEN TIMES ARE FEARFUL OF WHAT THE RESULTS MIGHT BE))
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[OUT Q=results might be]


Although some say hate crimes are not common - they definitely happen.
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[SOT00:32:44]
[IN Q=There are]

((REV. CATHERINE HOUCHINS/METROPOLITIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH: THERE ARE HATE CRIMES IN VIRGINIA AND THERE HAVE BEEN THREATS. ONE OF THE MEN IN MY CHURCH GOT A HATE E-MAIL THIS MORNING))
[RUNS= 9]
[OUT Q=mail this morning]


David Perry with Virginians for Justices says incidents such as the arrests of gay men in Wasena Park -- for allegedly asking for oral sex -- have only made matters worse for homosexuals.
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[SOT 00:20:15]
[IN Q=Basically the]

((DAVID PERRY/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: BASICALLY THE VIRGINIA STATE SODOMY LAW WE FEEL IS THE ROOT OF MOST DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LESBIANS AND GAYS IN THIS STATE))
[RUNS= 9]
[OUT Q=in this state]


Perry says the gay community is being targeted, and he hopes that Virginians for Justice can get more laws protecting the rights of gays.
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[SOT 00:20:06]
[IN Q=Certaintly protection]

((DAVID PERRY: CERTAINLY PROTECTION FROM JOB DISCRIMINATION IS A BIG ISSUE. HATE CRIMES PROTECTION IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE))
[RUNS= 7]
[OUT Q=important issue]


Through events like Pride in the Park - the gay community hopes that one day the rest of the world will see them like they see each other --as equals.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke. ))

[2-Rockbridge-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Rockbridge Co. Fatal]


An accident in Rockbridge County killed a Lexington man.
State police say 49-year-old Larry Wayne Gordon was traveling Northbound on Route 11 in Rockbridge County when his car veered off the side of the road and hit several trees.
The accident occurred shortly after 8 yesterday morning.
Gordon died about an hour and a half later.



[Peacekeepers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


International peace keepers are finally on the ground in East Timor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dili, East Timor;]

[4:05:41]
Troops from Australia, new Zealand and Great Britain are setting up in the war-torn province.
As this happens troops from Indonesia are supposed to be pulling out.
[SUPER=03-Darwin, Australia;]

[4;09:05]
Meantime, U-S troops have arrived at the peacekeeping staging area in Australia.
Right now the Americans are providing logistical support from Australia.
(///////SOT///////)
[IN=]

((MAJOR PEABODY:WE'RE SPECIFICALLY HERE TO ASSIST THE AUSTRALIAN-LED INTERNATIONAL FORCE. WE'LL BE SETTING UP HERE IN DARWIN, OPERATING HERE, AND REMAIN FLEXIBLE DOING ANY OTHER TASKING THAT COMES ALONG."))
[SUPER=01-Major Chuck Peabody/U. S. Marine Corps;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT=that comes along.]
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[VO-NAT]

[4:46;32]
The violence erupted in East Timor several weeks ago when the people voted for independence from Indonesia.
Since the elections, hundreds have been killed in attacks by pro-Indonesian militias while thousands of other have fled.
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[2-Raisa-Gorbachev]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The wife of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has died of leukemia.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

[4:00]
Raisa (rah-EE'-sah) Gorbachev died today at a hospital in Germany.
Doctors say Mrs. Gorbachev began chemotherapy treatment in Germany in July and at first showed signs of improvement.
But her condition worsened in recent days.
Mrs. Gorbachev was unlike any other Soviet first lady.
She was fashionable, outspoken and a philosophy instructor.
But those same qualities created resentment among many Russians.
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[Three-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=spa]
[TAPE#M99-5]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


[On Record]
[SUPER=15-Steve/Pardon;]
[SUPER=01-Katrina Ross/Rke. Symphony Volunteer Assoc.;]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Rke. Symphony Volunteer Assoc. :00]
[RUNS= 1:25]
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[Steve Live]

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



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]
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[BUMP-Chyron]
[COMM #6]

((Archive: polo cup))

[2-E-Drought-Prayer]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=99-29 1:05:14]
[GRAPHIC=Drought of 99]


Some folks in the Roanoke Valley are taking their water concerns to a higher power...
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Lee Plaza in downtown Roanoke was filled with the sounds of prayer yesterday as many people, including officials and community leaders, attended a service in hopes of turning the ongoing water shortage around.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[10:16:30-10:16:42]
[IN Q=There's more]

((RUSS ALDEN/ORGANIZER: THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN JUST RAIN. THERE NEEDS TO BE A COOPERATIVE EFFORT... TAKING CARE OF THE WATER RESOURCE.))
[SUPER=01-Russ Alden/Organizer]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=of the water resource.]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke city, Roanoke County, Salem, and Vinton were represented at the prayer service.
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[2-E-Burlington-Elementary]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-32 57:40]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke County's Burlington Elementary has played host to thousands of students in its 60-year history.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


And yesterday former students as well as current students came out to celebrate the school's anniversary and building dedication.
Three generations of the Huffman family have attended Burlington -- and Raymon Huffman was one of the first students go to the school in 1939.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:38:20]
[IN Q=It means a whole]

((RAYMON HUFFMAN/FORMER BURLINGTON ELEMENTARY STUDENT: IT MEANS A WHOLE LOT THAT THE SCHOOL IS STILL HERE, STILL GOES BY THE NAME OF BURLINGTON. WE'RE JUST REALLY PROUD OF THE SCHOOL. IT'S JUST PART OF OUR FAMILY REALLY))
[SUPER=01-Raymon Huffman/Former Burlington Elem. Student]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=family really]
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[VO-NAT]


The building has grown over the years with the most recent additions of a new gym, library, and six new classrooms.


The school houses kindergarten through the fifth grades.
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[2-Vistar]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Vistar Eye Center will make a second try to get approval for an outpatient surgery center.
The group of Roanoke Valley opthamologists said it will file a notice of appeal this week with the state health commissioner.
Last year, the state Health Department denied a certificate of public need for the outpatient center.
The doctors say the proposed center would be more convenient and less expensive for elderly patients than hospital treatments.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News-7 at Five.

[2-WebWatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=Webwatch]
[GRAPHIC=Webwatch]


The debate over internet sales taxation is heating up.
And Al Gore says it's time to get tough on cyber stalkers.
Eric Earnhart has more in WebWatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Gore released a new]
[RUNS=1:31]
[OUT Q=EE, News-7]

(([intro]
[RUNS= :05]


Gore released a new Justice Department report saying state and federal laws aren't strong enough to deal with online stalking, which is on the rise....
He's pushing tougher penalties that specifically deal with chat room or e-mail harassment.
American Air Lines is canceling 20 percent of it's New Year's Eve flights... it says it has nothing to with Y2K concerns, they're almost done updating computers... They're cutting flights because of slow ticket sales... which may indicate consumers are still uncertain.
Governor Gilmore's commission looking at internet taxes says the big question is not IF online sales should be taxed, but HOW, is it practical... the commission met in New York last week.
Practical or not, internet taxes may not play well for politicians.
A recent Gallup Poll found more than a third of voters surveyed would NOT vote for a candidate who favors taxing internet sales.
Two thirds think internet taxes will slow the growth of online commerce.
Ever wonder "how stuff works"?
Like... how televisions actually receive a color picture... or why CD's do that "rainbow thing".
It's all on a website, appropriately named... howstuffworks-dot-com.
Site creator Marshall Brain (yes its his real name) even tackles that age old "which came first, chicken and egg question."
Links to this and other sites are on the WebWatch page, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ7-dot-com.))

[3-Sports]


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


In sports, there's another first-time winner on the Winston Cup tour.
Roy Stanley has the highlights.
Good Morning, Roy.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning.]
[RUNS=1:58]
[OUT Q=great day, everybody.]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Gays and lesbians joined together yesterday to take part in the tenth annual Pride in the Park rally and celebrate their sexuality.
It was also a time to deal with issues affecting the gay community-- like the recent Wasena Park sting operation.

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Former students and teachers celebrated 60 years of education at Roanoke County's Burlington Elementary yesterday.


The building has grown over the years with the most recent additions being a new gym, library, and six new classrooms.
The school houses kindergarten through the fifth grades.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[2 shot=Mel/Kmc]
(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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[Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]
(toss)
[ANCHOR=Steve]
(live ad lib, tease tomorrow)

(ad lib bye) [Double Boxes=Melanie/Kimberly and Steve]