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This is how it looks- -just a couple of hours before game time on 460 in Christiansburg.
We've got a LIVE report to show you what happens when Tech fans intersect with construction detours, rainy weather and holiday shoppers ...on their way to Lane Stadium.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


And a reactor at Chernobyl is fired up again... for the first time since the worst nuclear accident in history.

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[TALENT=Kimberly]
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We've seen heavy rain at times today with some areas seeing close to an inch....
The showers will continue into this evening...but sunshine returns to the forecast once we head into the weekend.
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[Bonfire-College]


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They turned out by the thousands last night for "yell practice."
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It was the annual pep rally at Texas A-and-M.
Instead of the roaring bonfire that typically lights up this event, countless candles were held against the night sky.
Last week a 40-foot pile of logs that would have fueled the bonfire collapsed, killing 12 and injuring 27 more.
The school is facing it's arch rival, the University of Texas right now in a contest that spans over 100 years.
The bonfire tradition goes back 90 years and was initially started as a way to fire up pride and excitement before the big game.
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[Chernobyl]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=net]
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Thirteen years after the worst nuclear accident in history, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is back on line.
David Hawkins tells us why.
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((The one functioning nuclear reactor at Chernobyl is being fired up again... despite promises from the Ukraine to shut the entire facility down by the end of the year. Reactor number three will operate at minimum power... because, Ukrainian nuclear power authorities say, the country needs the electricity. The Ukrainian government says it would shut down Chernobyl altogether. If the West pays some two-and-a-half billion dollars to seal it up... and to finish the construction of a replacement power station. Chernobyl's reactor number four blew up in 1986... causing the world's worst nuclear catastrophe. One of the other reactors was shut down in after it caught fire in 1992... the other was taken off-line in 1997... at the end of its scheduled life-span. DH, CBS News, Moscow.))

[Traffic]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#99-44 TC1:03:58]
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Traffic is still moving smoothly through Christiansburg as up to 50 thousand fans drive to Virginia Tech.
The Hokies play Boston college at 2:30.
It's Tech's last game of the season and so-far, they're undefeated.
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Tina Tenret is along Route 460 in Christiansburg with a traffic update.
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We'll have more on today's battle in Blacksburg later in sports.

[Gas-Prices]


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Drivers headed to the Tech game and home after the holiday are paying more for gasoline than they did last year.


Triple-A says the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Virginia is about one-dollar and 12-cents.
LAST November gas cost about 98-cents a gallon.
Nevertheless Virginia remains one of the cheapest places in the country to buy gas.
The National average is about a dollar-28.


[Shopping]


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Shoppers were getting an early start at Roanoke Valley malls today.
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This is the first holiday season that Valley View Mall has been able to offer another way out, as well as in.
The new interchange gives shoppers access to 581 southbound without having to get onto Hershberger Road.
A mall spokesman says most stores opened early and were full of people looking for bargains.
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The Gilmore administration says Virginia businesses will see the best holiday shopping season this decade thanks to rising wages.

[Christmas-Trees]


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The Christmas shopping season is now officially underway. That means the Christmas TREE shopping season cannot be far behind.
The state Christmas Tree Growers Association expects 34-million dollars in sales this year.
The Association's president says the drought had little effect on this year's crop.
But the crop may not be as good in the next eight to ten years because many of the seedlings planted in the spring didn't get enough water during the summer to survive.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Fire rips through a Michigan kennel-- That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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And more speed bumps in the paths of Norfolk-Southern and C-S-X as more big businesses complain about service.
But first, let's talk to Kimberly McBroom.
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[Talent=Kimberly]

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No speed bumps, but some wet weather could hamper any travel plans you have today.
If you're just heading to the shopping malls...still take it easy out there.
A slow- moving cold front is the source of all the rainfall...let's check out the latest radar... [music up full] [comm1]

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Fire killed 65 dogs and cats and destroyed a pet Kennel in Michigan yesterday morning.
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The fire broke out around three-A-M Thanksgiving morning.
Many families had left their pets at the kennel for the four-day holiday weekend.
There were nearly 100 dogs and cats in the facility when the fire started.
Witnesses who came to help out said it was chaos with pets running loose as they tried to avoid the flames.
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(( MARV BOUMA/KENNEL OWNER: THESE ARE FAMILY PETS. THESE DOGS MEAN AN AWFUL LOT TO THESE PEOPLE AND I UNDERSTAND HOW THEY FEEL. I HAVE PETS OF MY OWN. THE SMALLEST THING GOES WRONG THEY GET UPSET. SO YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN HERE.))
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All of the surviving pets have been boarded elsewhere.
Volunteers helped care for the animals and notify their owners.
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[Louisiana-accident]


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At least seven people were killed and six others injured when a tractor-trailer collided with a car and a van in New Orleans last night.
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The accident happened at about 11 o'clock on an elevated stretch of Interstate 10.
All the fatalities were in a Dodge mini van, which was crushed by the rig against the guardrail.
Only one person in the van survived and all five occupants of the Toyota Corolla were injured in the crash. The injured have been hospitalized and are listed in stable to critical condition.
Police said the driver of the rig was not hurt.
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[E-81-Ax]


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The one year old boy hurt in yesterday's accident on Interstate 81 is still in critical condition.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

Lifeguard 10 flew the little boy to the hospital. Troopers say his grandmother was driving near Arcadia, going slower than the speed limit. A tractor trailer driver came up behind her, slammed on the brakes and cut to the right to avoid the car, but jack-knifed. The tractor trailer driver is from Texas and has been charged with reckless driving. Neither the little boy's grandmother nor his mother were hurt. The family is from Newport News.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Wednesday]


A school bus driver's condition has been upgraded again after a crash that sent more than a dozen people - most of them elementary-school students to the hospital Wednesday.
Ferris Booth reportedly blacked out at the wheel before careening into a tree.
He was in critical condition, but is now listed in serious condition.
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[E-NS-CSX]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=chr]
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C-S-X and Norfolk Southern's Conrail take over has left several big businesses unhappy.
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[VO-NAT]

[99-29 48:07]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]


Toyota, Ford, and General Motors told a Detroit newspaper that tens of thousands of new cars and trucks haven't been shipped to dealers... since the split.
And Dow Chemical has railcars full of plastic pellets.... out there somewhere.
Spokesmen for N-S and C-S-X acknowledge there's a problem, and they're working on it.
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In August U-P-S pulled half its business from the rails because of late deliveries.

[Chinese-ferry]


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More than 150 people are known dead in a ferry boat disaster off the coast of China.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Near Yantai, China]


Rescue workers managed to save 36 people. But more than 120 others are still missing.
One crewman survived by swimming several MILES to shore.
The Dashun caught fire and broke up in stormy waters off China's eastern shore with 336 passengers and crew aboard.
Half of the passengers jumped into the sea as the ship sank, and many of them froze to death.
Ships in the area were unable to approach the vessel because of the bad weather.
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[Yeltsin]


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[WRITER=khu]
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Russian President Boris Yeltsin is sick again.
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[SUPER=03-Moscow/Yesterday]


The Kremlin says the 68-year-old Russian leader is resting at home with a viral infection and bronchitis.
Yeltsin is said to have started feeling ill after a meeting with the Russian Prime Minister and other officials.
There's no word on the seriousness of the illness.
[SUPER=@file]


This is the tenth time that the Kremlin has announced a Yeltsin illness since he was re-elected in 1996.
He's had heart problems, a bleeding ulcer, double pneumonia and unstable blood pressure.
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[Native-Americans]


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[WRITER=jsu]
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Thanksgiving has been a time for gratitude and reflection for centuries.
But for some Native Americans the holiday is reminder of a painful time in history.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Janet Stone says many American history books don't tell the whole truth about what actually happened on that first Thanksgiving.
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((I THINK IT'S A RACIST HOLIDAY, JUST LIKE A LOT OF OTHER INDIANS BECAUSE IT'S BEEN TURNED AWAY FROM THE TRUTH. IT'S BEEN MADE INTO A RACE ISSUE BECAUSE OF THE LIES BECAUSE OF THE MISLEADING INFORMATION THAT'S EVEN TAUGHT IN THE SCHOOLS.))
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Stone says her parents taught her the American Indian side of the story.
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((THE SETTLERS SHOWED THE INDIANS THEIR MUNITIONS, IT'S LIKE HERE IS WHAT WE CAN DO TO YA'LL AND WE'RE GOING TO STAY HERE AND YOU GUYS ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE GET OUT OF THE WAY AND IF YOU DON'T WE'RE GOING TO KILL YOU))
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Stone says this is not an issue of good guy versus bad guy -- but about telling what she calls both sides of story.

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[Liberia]


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They fled their country amid a civil war, and now a Liberian family is giving thanks for being in Roanoke this holiday season.
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Amos (eh-Till-oh) Etilo and his family of 12 spent their first Thanksgiving in America.
They fled the African country of Liberia during the civil war, when rebels beheaded their mother.
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((THEY KILL MY STEPMOTHER ALONG WITH MY GRANDFATHER, MY GRANDMOTHER AND MY TWO BROTHERS. THEY KILLED THEM IN THE PRESENCE OF US.))
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Amos Etilo works at the Hotel Roanoke to support his family. He wants his children to go to school in Roanoke and become American citizens.
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[Stocks]


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[WRITER=chr]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 35 points.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Still to ahead in sports, the high school football season reaches the state championships.
And Friday Football Extra will be there.
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and in just a couple of hours Virginia Tech puts its undefeated regular season on the line one more time.
More on the match-up with Boston College when we return.
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[S-Hokies]


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In about two hours, Virginia Tech and Boston College will hit the field for a crucial Big East match up.
Mike Stevens tell us just how much is riding on today's game.
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(( If the Hokies beat BC in their season finale they likely will be rewarded with a trip to New Orleans. Each team in Sugar Bowl this year will pocket more than $12 million dollars. ((BEN TAYLOR/VIRGINIA TECH LINEBACKER:)) ((MICHAEL VICK/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:)) Amazingly, the Hokies are favored by 23 points to beat the Eagles - who come in with an 8-and-2 record. ((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:)) ((SHANE BEAMER:)) Tech's season finale kicks off just after 2:30. It is a complete sellout. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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You can catch today's sold-out game right here starting at 2:30.
Then join News 7 Sports tonight at 7 for Hokie High, a live post-game show from Blacksburg.

[S-Panthers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-51 (1:06:34)]
[GRAPHIC=Panthers Logo]


Carolina Panther wide receiver Rae Carruth (Ray cuh-RUTH) is behind bars today.
He was arrested in Charlotte yesterday and charged in a murder conspiracy.
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[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :]


The charge involves the drive-by shooting of his pregnant girlfriend last week.
Carruth is charged with three counts of conspiracy, including one of conspiracy to commit murder.
Twenty-four year old Cherica Adams was driving in south Charlotte when she was shot four times.
Her baby boy was delivered 10 weeks prematurely.
Mother and son remain in critical condition at the Carolina's Medical center.
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Two other men, William Watkins and Michael Kennedy, both of Charlotte, have been arrested on the same charges.
Carruth is being held on one-point-5-million dollars bond.
Bond has not been set for Watkins and Kennedy.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-44 20030TC]
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The high school football spotlight shifts from Friday nights to Saturday afternoons this week for the state semi-finals.
Here's a list of the games that still involve local teams.
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We will preview all of these games for tonight at 11:35 on Friday Football Extra.