[Tech-Football]

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[TAPE#=99-39 1:49:00]
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The Virginia Tech football team is officially on its way to New Orleans for a shot at the National Championship.
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The players left this morning from Roanoke Regional Airport with a few eager fans cheering them on. Next stop for the team-- Bourbon Street. The Sugar Bowl is only a week away and the Hokies will be practicing hard to take on the Florida State Seminoles.
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[Tultex-Workers]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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Henry County is taking a first step today toward helping laid off textile workers get back on their feet. Those workers can apply for NO interest loans at the Henry County Administration building.
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And that is where Scott Goldberg is this aftrenoon.
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[Border-Arrest]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
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New concerns this morning about possible terrorist threats following more arrests at the U-S-Canadian border.
4 people, one with suspected terrorist links, were arrested Sunday in Blaine, Washington.. about 100-miles north of Seattle. Kyle Moore has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Sgt. Garth Wright/Royal Canadian Mounted Police; :10]
[SUPER=01-Kyle Moore/Reporting; 1:32]
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[Hijacking]


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[WRITER=tha]
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Relatives of the Indian hostages aboard the hijacked plane at an airport in Afghanistan have stormed the Civil Aviation Ministry in the Indian capital, Delhi.
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Angered by the government's apparent inaction, they called for a speedy resolution to the hijack drama.
Also today, Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh announced that a high level negotiating team was on its way to Afghanistan for two main reasons.
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The negotiating team's departure followed a threat by the hijackers to start killing hostages if their demands weren't met.
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[Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=nkr]
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The day after Christmas turned violent at a Franklin county home.
Investigators say 26- year old Cletis Roberts, Junior of Bath County was shot in the torso after breaking into a house where his estranged wife, Katherine, was staying.
It happened on Hopkins Road, around two A-M yesterday.
The homeowner, 38- year old Arthur Simpson has been charged with firing the fatal shot.
Katherine Roberts' father has also been charged in connection with the crime.
Harold Nelson is accused of breaking into the house with his son-in-law and is also charged with the malicious wounding of his daughter.



[Disco-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net]
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Police allegedly found a gun in a car that producer Sean ``Puffy'' Combs and actress-singer Jennifer Lopez were in.
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Police are questioning the two following a shooting at a New York City nightclub where three people were shot and wounded.
Police say the pair were at the club when gunfire erupted early this morning.
They're being questioned as witnesses.
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Lopez and Combs were in the car with two other people -- they were stopped about ten minutes after the shooting at the Manhattan club.
Police say none of the four had a license for the gun.

[VA-Surplus]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Economy]


Local governments say they should get a piece of the state's three-point-four billion dollar budget surplus.
They say not enough attention is being paid to public education.
Recently, a legislative committee endorsed a proposal to increase school funding that would have cost the state an estimated one-point-two billion dollars.
Many localities believe that the funding is money the state should be spending anyway.
Virginia rates 43-rd in the country in state contributions to public education and last in the Southeast.






[Discovery]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Space Shuttle] 10:01:46


As the space shuttle Discovery mission wraps up, the crew woke up this morning Monday to the beat of Ricky Martin.

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Ricky Martin's "Cup Of Life" was requested by the son of French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy.
"Cup Of Life" was the France '98 World Cup Soccer theme song.
The crew of space shuttle Discovery is packing up its tools and preparing for the trip home to earth, after an eight-day mission of repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Discovery is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center this afternoon.
The shuttle managers want to bring the orbiter down no later than Wednesday to avoid any potential Y2K computer problems.
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[L'burg-Y2K]


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[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-43 1:53:03]
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With four days to go before the new year arrives, Lynchburg officials say they are ready for whatever Y2K can throw at them.
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[VO-NAT]
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City leaders announced this morning that a year- long planning effort should help forestall any Millenium glitches.
And should the lights go out on New Year's Eve, the power company says customers should "not" jump to conclusions.
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((LARRY JACKSON/AEP SPOKESMAN: COMMUNICATION IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE. SQUIRRELS GET ON THE LINES EVERY DAY, CARS HIT POLES EVERY DAY, BUT JUST TO LET FOLKS KNOW `HEY, IT'S A SQUIRREL' AND NOT Y2K IS GOING TO BE OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE. SO WE'VE INCORPORATED INTO OUR CONTINGENCY PLANNING FOR Y2K IMPROVED COMMUNICATIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Jackson/AEP Spokesman]
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Authorities also are reminding citizens not to tie up 9-1-1 lines with non- emergency calls on New Year's Eve.
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[Y2-K]


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Many companies and government agencies say they are ready for Y-2-K, but as Joy Sutton reports the American Red Cross says you should be prepared just in case there are any problems.

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(( American Electric Power is just one of many local companies that has tested its system this year to make sure it's Y2-K compliant.
While tests have shown the company is in good shape -- No one knows for sure what will happen when the year 2-thousand begins.
Some residents say they're doing little to prepare for potential problems.
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((JACK EANES: I DON'T BELIEVE ALL THIS STUFF THAT'S BEEN GOING AROUND I JUST THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER NEW YEARS.))
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((GEORGE JAMISON: NO STOCKING UP, NO EXTRA FOOD, NO EXTRA WATER. HOPEFULLY EVERYTHING WILL WORK THE WAY IT SHOULD. And if it doesn't.WELL EVERYBODY ELSE IS GOING TO BE IN THE SAME BOAT))
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But the American Red Cross says it's important to be prepared just in case.
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((IZZY MENCHERO/AMERICAN RED CROSS:WE TELL THE PUBLIC TREAT AS A SNOW STORM, AND ICE STORM THAT IS COMING THAT MIGHT INTERRUPT SERVICES THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE TO STAY HOME FOR TWO TO THREE DAYS.))
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The American Red Cross is urging people to stock up on additional water -- at least one gallon per person per day -- and to have plenty of canned food on hand.
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((IZZY MENCHERO: FLASHLIGHTS, PLENTY OF BATTERIES AGAIN WE DO NOT RECOMMEND PEOPLE TO USE CANDLES FOR LIGHTING. WE RECOMMENDED A BATTERY OPERATED RADIO TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE NEWS. CELL PHONE WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE JUST IN CASE THE TELEPHONE SERVICE GETS INTERRUPTED))
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And if you are on medication it's recommended that you have at least a weeks supply on hand.
The American Red Cross in Roanoke will be staffed 24 hours starting New Years eve to assist with any problems.
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((IZZY MENCHERO: WE WILL BE IN CONTACT WITH THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS GOING SMOOTHLY AND IF WE HAVE ANY EMERGENCY THAT WILL HAVE A LARGE IMPACT WE WILL BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM AND SEEK HELP IF IT'S NECESSARY))
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Menchero says its better to stock-up and be safe rather than sorry come January 1st.
Joy Sutton, News 7.))





















[Kwanzaa]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-45 1:13:17]
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Today is the second day of Kwanzaa.
It's a holiday that was created 33 years ago by a college professor.
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At St. Gerard's Church in Roanoke dozens gathered yesterday to kick-off the first day of this 7 day celebration.
Kwanzaa is Swahili and is based on seven laws designed to help live a righteous life.
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((ROMA WILLIS-TURNER/KWANZAA COORDINATOR: THESE PRINCIPLES SEEM LIKE THE BEST FOR ME TO BE BLESSED. SO THAT'S WHY KWANZAA MEANS TO ME FIRST A BLESSING, FRUIT, HOLY FAMILY. AND TODAY I HOLY FAMILY IT'S UNITY IT'S KWANZAA))
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The celebration not only included singing and dancing but remembering ancestors and preparing for a prosperous new year.
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[Xmas-Returns]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-44 1:38:22]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas]


Christmas shopping may be over, but the bargains are attracting post-Christmas shoppers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Retailers at Tanglewood Mall and across the country hope large discounts will the clear shelves.
For some stores the post Christmas frenzy is lucrative and offsets sometimes disappointing sales before the holidays.
Analysts say last year shoppers did 11 percent of their buying AFTER Christmas.
And, a national survey finds nearly half of Americans return between one and ten holiday gifts each year.
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[Penguins]


[ANCHOR=teresa]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=nkr]
[TAPE#= Net 20:06:59]
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Two endangered penguin chicks finally got up the nerve to pop their heads out in New York.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Niagara Falls, NY]

The penguins are a rare breed called Peruvian penguins. This is the first time these chicks have made a public appearance at the Aquarium of Niagara....even though they were born a month ago. Aquarium officials say baby penguins are covered in brown fluff and don't develop their tuxedos until they get older.
The aquarium has a total of 16 endangered penguins.
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