It's an uneasy way to welcome the year 2000.
Americans around the world are being warned they could be targets for terrorists through mid-January.
Security is being tightened at U-S border crossings and airports, just ahead we'll tell you what Roanoke air travelers should expect.
News 7 at noon is next.
The State Department is warning Americans around the world they could be targets for terrorism from now until mid- January especially at holiday gatherings.
Those warnings have prompted tighter security along the Canadian border and at U-S airports.
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Tina Tenret joins us now from Roanoke Regional Airport with details on how this will affect area air passengers.
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The new warnings follow last week's arrest of an Algerian man who allegedly was caught carrying bomb making materials in Washington state from Canada.
Ahmed Ressam will appear in court today in Seattle to be formally charged.
Meanwhile, the manhunt continue for up to three accomplices.
David Martin reports.
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((DESPITE ALL THE ARRESTS OF SUSPECTED MEMBERS OF USAMA BIN LADEN'S
TERROR NETWORK, THE LATEST CIA ASSESSMENT STILL SAYS A TERRORIST ATTACK
BY BIN LADEN OVER NEW YEAR'S IS QUOTE "LIKELY." ANOTHER INTELLIGENCE
AGENCY, THE PENTAGON'S DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, RATES THE OVERALL
TERRORIST THREAT AS "HIGH."
MILITARY UNITS TRAINED TO DEAL WITH CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ATTACKS HAVE
BEEN TOLD TO BE PREPARED TO MOVE ON SHORT NOTICE, AND MILITARY AIRCRAFT
HAVE BEEN SET ASIDE TO FLY FBI AGENTS TO THE SCENE OF ANY TERRORIST
RIGHT NOW THE FBI IS SEARCHING FOR AN AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO IS BELIEVED
TO BE PART OF BIN LADEN'S NETWORK. LAST KNOWN TO BE LIVING IN BOSTON, HE
HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A LEADING MEMBER OF THE TERRORIST CELL THAT WAS
PLANNING ATTACKS AGAINST AMERICANS IN JORDAN.
14 MEMBERS OF THAT CELL WHO WERE TRAINED AT CAMPS RUN BY BIN LADEN IN
AFGHANISTAN HAVE ALREADY BEEN ARRESTED, BUT U.S. INTELLIGENCE IS NOW
CHECKING OUT A REPORT THAT 12 MORE BIN LADEN OPERATIVES LEFT AFGHANISTAN
EARLIER THIS MONTH. ONCE IN PAKISTAN THEY WERE TO BREAK INTO TEAMS OF
TWO AND HEAD FOR COUNTRIES IN ASIA AND AFRICA.
IN ECUADOR, THE U.S. EMBASSY HAS BEEN CLOSED DOWN AFTER AN IRANIAN
CARRYING COMMUNICATIONS GEAR WAS SPOTTED WORKING WITH THREE OTHER MEN
MEASURING THE BUILDING ENTRANCES AND MARKING THE LOCATION OF VEHICLE
BARRIERS. BUT OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS NO EVIDENCE LINKING THAT APPARENT
PLOT TO BIN LADEN.
�ON CAM3/4 U.S. OFFICIALS ARE DEBATING THE BEST WAY TO ISSUE ADDITIONAL
WARNINGS TO AMERICANS BOTH HERE AND ABOARD AS THE NEW YEAR APPROACHES.
THE PROBLEM IS HOW TO ALERT PEOPLE TO THE DANGER WITHOUT SOWING PANIC.
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State Police say speed, alcohol, and wet pavement all contributed to a fatal auto accident in Henry County.
It happened just after midnight on route 7-61.
Police say Mark Edward Thompson drove his pickup off the right shoulder, hit an embankment twice, and flipped the truck several times.
Thompson died at the scene.
A passenger, Kenneth R. Boyce, was thrown from the truck and taken to a North Carolina hospital with serious injuries.
Slick road conditions are apparently to blame for a deadly bus accident last night near Canon
(KAN'-yuhn) City, Colorado.
Three people were killed and dozens injured.
The bus was taking a group of Houston- area teens back from a church- sponsored ski trip.
Eric Singer reports.
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An experiment beginning early next year in the Washington D-C area may one day make it possible to predict traffic jams an hour in advance.
The experiment will involve tracking cell phone calls made on the beltway in order to get a better picture of traffic flow.
The data could then be used to control traffic so backups can be minimized or eliminated.
Highway officials emphasize they will not be able to actually hear any calls.
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Potential Y2K problems will close Virginia's courts statewide on January 3-rd.
The executive secretary of the state supreme court says he doesn't expect any significant computer problems in the courts.
But he said the state wants to avoid losing cases through computer glitches.
It may take as long as six months to determine any Y-two-K impact on the state courts.
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More shots are fired between Vinton town council and supporters of former Police Chief Ricky Foutz-- and his wife is promising payback.
That's one story still ahead on News 7 at Noon.
And dramatic brush fires rage near Los Angeles.
Now let's check in with Patrick.
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Two wildfires north of Los Angeles have charred over 16-hundred acres and one home.
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One fire, just north of Los Angeles, is 70 percent contained.
It started late last night and was quickly fanned by 30 mile hour winds.
In its early stages, the blaze sent embers raining down on people in Hollywood.
Another fire east of Santa Barbara, has drifted into a national forest.
Tempers flared again at Vinton's town council meeting last night when members unanimously voted down a petition that would compensate former police chief Ricky Foutz.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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Lisa Foutz, the wife of former Vinton police chief Ricky Foutz, says she's tired of not getting any answers from the town council.
Before council voted she expressed how much she appreciated residents supporting her husband.
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But her heartfelt words didn't affect council's decision.
((BILLY OBENSHIEN/VINTON TOWN COUNCIL MEMBER: I WILL VOTE AGAINST IT BECAUSE SINCE THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION GOING ON WE DO NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENTS WHAT SO EVER UNTIL THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETE.))
Little else was spoken from council after members voted down the petition.
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((NO, NO, NO.))
Residents say they weren't shocked the petition was voted down -- but they are disappointed that their questions about Foutz's retirement are not being answered.
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Lisa Foutz says council may get away with this injustice now, but changes are on the way.
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: RIGHT NOW RICKY FOUTZ IS RECEIVING HIS 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN VACATION AND SICK LEAVE. ONCE COUNCIL MEMBER STILL SAYS IF FOUTZ IS FOUND INNOCENT OF ANY WRONG DOING, HE WILL BE GIVEN FULL RESTITUTION. BUT WE WON'T KNOW UNTIL THE GRAND JURY REPORT COMES OUT AT THE END OF JANUARY. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
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Roanoke city council is embroiled in its own pay dispute after members narrowly approved a pay raise for themselves.
The raises are less than state law allows... Council members will go from 14- thousand to 16- thousand a year.
The mayor's salary will increase from 18- thousand to 21- thousand.
Mayor Bowers, Alvin Hudson, Carroll Swain and Bill White voted for it... Nelson Harris, Jim Trout and Linda Wyatt voted against.
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The raises will take effect on July first of next year.
The woman found dead in a Danville neighborhood over the weekend was strangled.
That's the finding of the medical examiner.
Police aren't saying if they have any suspects in the murder of 34-year old Angela Terry Newman.
13-employees at Virginia's largest prison for women have resigned amidst reports of sexual misconduct.
Secretary of Public Safety Gary Aronhalt ordered
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an investigation of the (Flu-Vanna) Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women in October.
That was after dozens of complaints of sexual assaults, harassment and fraternizing.
News of the firings and resignations appeared in a Department of Corrections report compiled as a result of the investigation.
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Shelor Automotive is once again moving its inventory out of Montgomery County.
Radio ads announcing the move recently hit the airwaves.
The dealership is moving its inventory to Salem and Pulaski to avoid paying the merchant's capital tax... which is a tax assessed on a business's unsold inventory.
Salem does NOT have the tax -- but Pulaski County does.
But Shelor says the rate assessed in Pulaski is much lower than in Montgomery County.
Moving the inventory, though, is expensive.
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Shelor has filed several lawsuits against the county over the issue.
But a Montgomery County circuit judge recently ruled against the dealership saying it could not avoid the tax.
Shelor has indicated it will appeal.
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Millions of dollars may be on the way to the nation's food banks.
Find out why when News-7 at Noon returns.
And Santa's making his final preparations for Friday night's journey.
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Another 25 million dollars in funding could soon be on the way to the nation's food banks.
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte wants to increase the amount of money The Emergency Food Assistance Program receives every year.
Goodlatte says local food banks are serving more families than ever, and the increase would provide another 15 to 20 million meals a year.
The money would come from unspent funds in the federal food stamp program.
One Bedford County school that was teaching students when George Washington was president is now putting down roots for the future.
Yesterday Students at the New London Academy planted what they call a "millennium tree."
The seven- foot oak symbolizes what was once a grove of oak trees that surrounded the historic school.
The last was taken down in 19-95, the same year the school celebrated its bicentennial.
In the beautiful cold north of Greenland is Santa's home.
Here the days are short, and the sun shines softly, casting a blanket of color across the sky.
Hidden away amongst the frozen peaks of this landscape, is Santa's home.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas Santa has been very busy.
The toy machine has been working full steam and Santa has millions of letters to read from children all around the world.
Before long, Santa's helpers will have to bid Santa a safe journey, and send him on his worldwide trip.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 23 points.
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Still to come in sports, the Roanoke Express continue their hot streak beating Peoria last night,
and several local high school football standouts make the Group Three A all state team.
Patrick has the details, next.
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Charlotte prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth.
A judge denied Carruth bond yesterday and briefed the 25 year old on the latest charge--one count of first degree murder.
Carruth is charged in the drive by shooting death of his girlfriend 24 year old Cherica Adams.
Her son Chancellor was delivered by C-Section shortly after the shooting and continues to improve at a Charlotte hospital.
Carruth was returned to Charlotte on Sunday after jumping bail.
He was captured in Tennessee where police found him hiding in the trunk of a car.
Carruth is one of four defendants. It could be more than a year before his case goes to trial.
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Local Friday Football Extra standouts made the cut of the Associated Press' Group Three A all state team.
William Fleming's Kareem Waller is a first team center, the Colonels' Charles Corner is a first team defensive lineman,
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while their teammate Jermaine Hardy has earned first team all-state honors as both a running back and defensive back.
Hardy is a multiple winner of the Friday Football Extra player of the week honor.
Pulaski County punter Paul Taylor also earned first team all-state honors.
Cave Spring's Michael Hamlar earned second team honors as a running back.
The Roanoke Express hosted the Peoria Rivermen at the Roundhouse last night and the Rivermen proved to be good guests.
Roanoke's Chris Cantu scored on a power play in the first period and Ben Schust picked up a goal in the second as the Express beat Peoria two to one.
Peoria outshot Roanoke 38-24. Express Goal tender Daniel Berthiaume made 37 saves.
Roanoke has been on fire lately. This is the team's third straight win.
Try to imagine if you can Virginia's George Welsh swapping jobs with Tech's Frank Beamer.
It's difficult but something similar happened in North Carolina.
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Mike O'Cain has accepted an assistant coaching job at the University of North Carolina.
O'Cain was fired last month after serving the past seven years as the head coach of the Tarheels' hated rival N.C. State.
He will serve as the Heels' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks' coach.
While at State he was 0-and-7 against Carolina.