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[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Protesters try to disrupt the World Trade Organization meeting in the downtown Seattle...
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]

while others demonstrate here in Southwest Virginia.
And new parents would benefit from a rule change proposed today by President Clinton.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

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Organized labor is taking to the streets of Seattle today on the first full day of World Trade Organization meetings.
Thousands are expected to demonstrate against the trade group saying it puts profits ahead of human rights and the environment.
Lisa Hughes reports.
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[SOT]

[11:30-UPDATE WINDOW]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Seattle, WA;]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hughes/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, SEATTLE.]

((WHAT COULD BE THE WEEK'S BIGGEST DEMONSTRATION IS UNDERWAY NOW. THOUSANDS OF PROTESTORS MARCHING FOR WORKERS RIGHTS, ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS, LABOR STANDARDS OVERSEAS-- A LOUD MESSAGE FOR VISITING WORLD TRADE MINISTERS.

(SOT)



(NATS, JUST SAY NO)



(SOT, SHELBY SMITH, PROTESTER, "THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PROTEST SINCE

THE VIETNAM PROTESTS.")

(NATS, DRUMMING)


WTO LEADERS MEETING TO SET POLICY ARE FAR OUTNUMBERED BY PROTESTERS WHO INSIST THE ORGANIZATION SHOULD BE MORE OPEN AND BEND LESS TO CORPORATE INTERESTS. SO FAR, DEMONSTRATIONS ARE DISRUPTIVE BUT NONVIOLENT. THEY'VE TAKEN OVER A CITY BUS, BLOCKED STREETS AND BROKEN A WINDOW AT A MCDONALD'S RESTAURANT. TODAY, THEY PLAN TO CHAIN THEMSELVES TOGETHER WITH BIKE LOCKS.

(SOT, NO NAME, IT'S BASICALLY ONE OF THE WAYS WE'LL BLOCKADE STREETS IN

ORDER TO SHUT DOWN THE WTO.)
ORGANIZERS ARE USING BUSES TO STOP PROTESTERS FROM GETTING INTO THE MEETINGS. HUNDREDS OF POLICE OFFICERS ARE PREPARED FOR JUST ABOUT ANYTHING.

(HUGHES STANDUP CLOSE)))



[Trade-Protest]


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Unions are holding smaller protests across the country especially in areas where foreign trade has cost American jobs.
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One of those areas is Martinsville.
That's where Scott Goldberg is this afternoon.
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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Microwave]



[MEXICO-BODIES]


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The bodies of 22 Americans are believed to be among more than 100 found buried in Mexico.
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[SUPER=03-Near Juarez, Mexico;]


The bodies were found on two ranches across the border from El Paso, Texas.
Authorities say the victims are known as "The Disappeared"... a group of people who have simply vanished over the past few years.
[SUPER=@File;]


They were allegedly killed by Mexican Security Police or drug lords who control Mexico's lucrative drug trade.
Among the missing are Abigal and Saul Sanchez.
They were last seen five years ago.
Their daughter believes her father's invention may have sealed her parent's fate.
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[SOT]
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((CLAUDIA SANCHEZ/PARENTS MISSING; MY FATHER MADE A MACHINE THAT INTERCEPTED CELLULAR PHONE CALLS. THIS DEVICE GOT POPULAR IN 1994. THERE WERE A LOT OF DRUG BUSTS BECAUSE OF THIS.))
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[OUT Q=drug busts because of this.]
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[VO-NAT]


The F-B-I is sending agents to Mexico, where efforts have resumed today to recover the bodies and identify them.
The search is even bigger than the one the F-B-I recently conducted in Kosovo.
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[Clinton-Parents]


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President Clinton says the mass grave found in Mexico appears to be a ``horrible'' example of the brutality of the drug cartels.
And he says it reinforces his determination to protect America's borders -- and work with Mexican authorities to stamp out the drug trade.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[10:11]
Meantime, the President has good news for new parents.
He's cleared the way for states to subsidize parents taking time off work to care for a newborns or newly adopted children.
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[10:11:55]
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The President's plan is voluntary for the states.

[Mobil-Exxon]


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The Federal Trade Commission today is expected to approve the merger between Exxon and northern Virginia-based Mobil.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


Mobil and Exxon announced their intentions to merge a year ago.
The Washington Post reports the F-T-C is requiring the companies to sell their interests in 24-hundred service stations nationwide.
That's the largest such requirement ever proposed by the F-T-C.
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[Farmville-Fires]


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State troopers and Farmville police continue to investigate a string of fires that have struck the town over the past two weeks, including three early yesterday.
Authorities believe a serial arsonist is responsible, but a Farmville police Lieutenant said there are no suspects.
State police are patrolling at Longwood College, which has been the sight of two fires in the last two weeks.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Could a state university come to Southside Virginia?
The details are still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And folks are scrambling for Sugar Bowl tickets.
Find out how to get one and how much it might cost you in just a moment.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Ireland-latest]


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More history in the making in Northern Ireland.
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[VO-NAT]
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[10 NEWSPATH NA032]
Legislation clearing the way for the transfer of government powers from London to the new Northern Ireland Assembly is due to go through the British Parliament today.
It will clear the way for Northern Ireland's devolved power-sharing government to start work.
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[SOT]
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((ESSENTIALLY WE'RE IN THE SITUATION WHERE WE'RE ALL GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE FROM THE POLITICS OF HAVING TO MAKE DEMANDS TO THE POLITICS OF HAVING TO MAKE DECISIONS, FROM A SITUATION WHERE WE WERE MAKING DEMANDS AGAINST EACH OTHER TO ONE WHERE WE ARE GOING TO MAKE DECISIONS WITH EACH OTHER AND EVEN MAKING DECISIONS FOR EACH OTHER." ))
[SUPER=01-Mark Durkan/Finance Minister Designate;]
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[OUT Q=FOR EACH OTHER.]
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[VO-NAT]


The British government has held sole authority in Northern Ireland since 1972, so no one in the new cabinet has ever held a government post before.
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[Pendleton]


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Last year he gave a Roanoke area charity hundreds of bicycles bought with worthless checks.
Last Friday, he briefly escaped from a federal prison in North Carolina.
Jody Pendleton was arrested during the weekend at a grocery store not far from Roanoke.
He vanished last Friday from a minimum-security prison where he was serving a two and a half year sentence for writing more than 140-thousand dollars in worthless checks.
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[VO-NAT]


Last December, Pendleton bought
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]

340 bikes from a local Wal-Mart, but the check bounced.
He donated them to the annual Bikes or Bust campaign.
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[Southside-University]


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The idea of a four-year public university for Southside Virginia is gaining some steam.
A committee of local residents and state legislators wants the State Council for Higher Education to develop a plan for a university that would serve an 11-county area.
Committee members plan to ask Governor Jim Gilmore for funding to study the idea.
Some members said it ``isn't'' realistic to expect much support for the idea because of the state's limited resources and likely resistance from other colleges whose funding might suffer.
But supporters say the university could be just a branch of an existing school.

[Tech-tickets]


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It's still unofficial - but according to the latest B-C-S standings, the Hokies are going to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
So fans are already making plans in hopes if seeing the Hokies battle it out for the national title.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


Some fans say they'll watch the game from the comfort of their living rooms.
But for those Hokie fans who want to see the game in person finding tickets might be difficult and expensive.
Officials at the Better Business Bureau say fans need to check around before buying a ticket, make sure the broker's been in the business for a while, and if the ad looks to good to be true it probably is.
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[IN Q=Go hokies tickets]

((JULIE WHEELER/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: GO HOKIES TICKETS AND PACKAGES AVAILABLE. WE'LL BEAT ANY PRICE. YOU HAD TO LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THAT ONE. AND TYPICALLY IF YOU HAVE TO LEAVE A MESSAGE THEY WANT TO CHECK YOU OUT BEFORE YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO CHECK THEM OUT. SO WE HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THEY'RE LOCATED, WHAT KIND OF THINGS THEY OPERATE.))
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[OUT Q=things they operate.]
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[VO-NAT]


Some ads are offering tickets for as much as 950 dollars a piece.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


After years of set-backs and arguments, Buena Vista finally breaks ground on a new high school.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And a very active hurricane season ends today.
But forecasters are already looking ahead to next year.
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[E-BV-Schools]


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For years the question faces by folks in Buena Vista was should a new high school be built.
Now, the question is what should it be named?
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista]


Yesterday, local dignitaries and city residents broke ground for the building.
The facility will replace Parry McCluer High School, and officials are still working on the name.
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[SOT 01:34:36]
[IN Q=We're going to give all the citizens]

((WE'RE GOING TO GIVE ALL THE CITIZENS INPUT INTO WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO CALL IT. I WOULD GUESS THAT'S GOING TO REMAIN WHAT IT IS, BUT WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.))
[SUPER=01-Sandra Manuel/School Board Chairman]
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[OUT Q=we'll have to wait and see.]
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Construction could begin this week, and the building should be ready for the start of the school year in the fall of 2001.
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[HURRICANE-SEASON]


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A sigh of relief for coastal residents.
The 19-99 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends today.
It's been one for the record books.
For the first time there were five major hurricanes in one season... all category fours.
Jeffrey Kofman reports from Miami.
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[SUPER=01-Jeffery Kofman/Reporting; :48]
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((The season began quietly but by late August what seemed like an endless parade of tropical storms began to assault this region. The Atlantic season saw twelve named storms before it was over. The most devastating was Hurricane Floyd. It killed 70 people and left parts of North Carolina underwater - for weeks. The most unique storm was the last of season... Lenny, bucking the trend by moving west to east -- something that's never been seen before.. Hurricane expert William Gray was near perfect in his 1999 predictions. He's cautious about next year
SOT (William Gray, University of Colorado)

"We should have perhaps not the blockbuster year weve had in 98 and 99 but still a reasonably active year". ...Thats because of forecast changes in wind direction and less severe La Nina conditions. O/C Grays research team believes Hurricane run in 25 to 50 year cycles. And although Gray believes next year could be more moderate... we could be at the beginning of what becomes a more vicious cycle.... and so no parties here to celebrate the end of hurricane season... because they know the next one's just around the corner. Jeffrey Kofman, CBS News, Miami))

[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 82 points.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, Pete Rose talks about his fight for reinstatement into major league baseball,
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[VO-NAT ]

and the Green Bay Packers hand struggling San Francisco its seventh straight loss last night.
Patrick has highlights, next.
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[Rose]


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U-S-A Today reports that major league baseball will finally give Pete Rose a chance to plead his case for reinstatement after the first of the year.
Rose was banned from the game ten years ago because of his gambling habit.
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[VO-NAT]


Baseball's all-time hit leader appeared on The Early Show.
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[OUT Q=last ten years.]
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Rose says he'll launch an Internet petition in an attempt to get his lifetime ban from baseball lifted.

[Packers-Niners]


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The San Francisco 49ers continue to suffer without quarterback Steve Young. Last night, the Niners picked up its seventh straight defeat, losing to Green Bay 20-3.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/ABC - NFL]


Niners quarterback Steve Stenstrom struggled throughout the game, this attempted pass never even makes it out of his hands.
The 49ers offense looked bleak throughout the remainder of the game.
The Niners got a chance to score late in the fourth, but failed to put the ball in the end zone.
San Francisco has scored only one touchdown in the last five games.
And Steve Young watches his team lose 20 to 3.
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[S-Sugar]


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Computer experts have had their hands full this college football season with the changing rankings, but they now say Tech and Florida State are headed to the Sugar Bowl.
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[take PINNACLE FULL SCREEN]
The new BCS rankings that were released yesterday afternoon show the Hokies lead over Nebraska has more than doubled.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Saturday;]


Tech's win over Boston College helped increase its strength of schedule index from 66 to 54.
Tech Coach Frank Beamer says he's not going to get caught up in the speculation.
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The bowl committee will make an official decision on December fifth.

[S-UVA]


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Tech isn't the only Virginia university going to a bowl.
U-V-A will be playing in the Micron Bowl on December 30th in Miami, Florida.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/December 1996;]


The seven and four Wahoos will face Big 10 representative, Illinois.
This is the third appearance for U-V-A in this bowl.
The Cavs lost to Boston College following the '93 season and fell to Miami in 1996.
U-V-A tied Clemson and Georgia Tech for second in the A-C-C with a five and three conference record.
The Illini are tied for sixth in the Big Ten with a four and four conference mark.
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[S-LIBERTY]


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Both Liberty and James Madison went into their battle last night unbeaten.
But, the Flames remained that way after getting past the Dukes 79 to 70.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/James Madison vs. Liberty;]


Not everyone could stay awake for this instate rivalry, while the action seemed to ignite the rest in attendance.
Chris Caldwell sparks the Flames in the first half with this baseline drive and jumper for two of his nine first half points.
Early in the second half, Liberty stays strong -- some nice post work by Nathan Day, who makes the hard move to the hole -- 39-34 Liberty.
JMU tries to stay in the game. Rob Strickland misses the layup, but Jerian Younger gets the tip. It's 45-36 Flames.
[super=33-James Madison/70/Liberty/79;]


But this play sealed the deal, Caldwell finds LouVon Snead for the nasty ally-oop and the Flames win 79-70. The Flames are now three and oh.
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[Santa-paws]


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For an appearance in southern California, St. Nick could have changed his name from Santa Claus to Santa "Paws."


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-West Hollywood, CA;]

[3:25:32]
That's because dogs were taking their turn on Santa's lap.
The pooches got their pictures taken at "For Pets Only" store in West Hollywood.
Just like kids, some dogs really liked the jolly old elf, while others were a bit nervous.
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