[harrison-stabbing]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Good Morning, I'm Melanie Moon.
Former Beatle George Harrison has been stabbed several times in the chest by an intruder who broke into his mansion near London this morning.
That's according to his spokesman who says Harrison's wife, Olivia, was also hurt.
Lee Cowan joins us from London with the latest.
[Live=COWAN Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting]
[SUPER=05-London, England]





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[bomb-threats]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bomb Threat]


In Washington state, one man has been arrested and another is being sought.
They're accused in an alleged plot to blow up the police department of the small town of Battle Ground on New Year's Eve.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NH;]


Meantime, in New Hampshire State officials say they received a letter from someone threatening to set off a bomb during First Night celebrations on New Years Eve.
The various community's around Concord are now trying to determine whether to cancel festivities.
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[3;04;29-38]
[IN Q=aNY DECISIONS THEY MAKE..]
[SUPER=01-Col. Gary Sloper/NH State Police]
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[VO-NAT]

State police believe the letter was sent by whoever placed two bombs in Concord last year and made various other threats.
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[11Poff-ID]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-47 46:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Security concerns are the reason Roanoke's federal building is checking I-Ds at the door.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Anyone who wants to get into the Poff building downtown now has to show a driver's license or some other photo I-D.
People who didn't have one were being turned away by federal marshals yesterday.
A spokesman for the government says this and other steps were taken because of continuing concern about security at federal buildings.
But officials are NOT aware of any specific threat against government workers or offices in southwest Virginia.
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[11Y2K-Shopping]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-43 2:03:37]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Y-2-K worries have NOT produced the run on emergency supplies that many retailers were expecting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Businesses that sell portable generators saw brisk sales earlier in the fall, but things have trailed off since then.
Store owners say the Y-2-K hysteria seems to have calmed down, and their customers are not that worried.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:11:32//16:17:39]
[IN Q=I thought it]

((MIKE RHODES/MYERS AND RHODES EQUIPMENT: I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A LITTLE MORE, BUT THEY DOWNPLAYED IT SO MUCH, THE WHOLE Y2K THING, THAT IT DOESN'T SURPRISE ME A WHOLE LOT BUT I THOUGHT WE WOULD SELL MORE THAN WE HAVE. BUT PEOPLE ARE REALLY NOT CONCERNED IS WHAT WE'VE FOUND.)) ((CHRIS JAMES/CT FARM AND COUNTRY: I'LL SAY IN THE LAST MONTH THINGS HAVE SLOWED DOWN A LITTLE BIT WITH GENERATORS, HEATERS HAVE STILL BEEN GOING PRETTY STRONG. I SELL A LOT OF BOXWOOD STOVES, ANYTHING YOU CAN BURN WITH GAS OR WOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Rhodes/Myers and Rhodes Equipment; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chris James/CT Farm and Country; :12]
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[OUT Q=gas or wood.]
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[VO-NAT]


Rental agencies also say many of their generators have already been reserved for New Year's Eve.
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[11Pharmacy-Y2K]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=99-44 1:42:48]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]

Pharmacist Tim Shirm says the Y2K scare is a hard pill for him to swallow. He says it's boosted sales, but little else.
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[SOT tc 02:46:29]
[IN Q=Bring your]

((TIM SHIRM/PHARMACIST: BRING YOUR MONEY IF YOU WANT TO STOCKUP, WE HAVE PLENTY, BUT IT WILL BE A SLOW JANUARY BECAUSE NO ONE WILL NEED ANYTHING THEN, IF YOU SELL IT ALL NOW.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Schirm/Pharmacist; ]
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[VO-NAT]

The Kroger pharmacy at Tanglewood is reporting an increase in some prescription drugs, but pharmacists there say it's due to a bad cold and flu season.
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[Biz-Watch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Stock Market]


1999 is almost over, but not before the Nasdaq broke new records. Technology stocks continued to lead the market yesterday, propelling the Nasdaq composite to its first close above four-thousand. The Nasdaq finished above the milestone just 38 trading days after its first close above three-thousand. Not only has this been a year of records, but 1999 will go down as the year the internet changed the face of investing. Alexis Christoforous has more.
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[SOT tuesday 10:34:36]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :15]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=CBS Market Watch]

((VT VO show day traders, or people investing online THIS WAS THE YEAR OF THE ONLINE INVESTOR, DAY TRADERS AND BROKERAGE GIANTS. YOU AND I LOGGED ON TO THE INTERNET TO CHANGE THE FACE OF INVESTING. VT VO nasdaq AS THE YEAR 2000 APPROACHES, THE NASDAQ FLIRTS WITH THE 4-THOUSAND LEVEL, JUST A NUMBER, BUT THOSE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE PART OF THIS BOOM WATCHED THE TECH-HEAVY INDEX JUMP OVER 70-PERCENT. VT VO microsoft, intel, home depot DURING 1999, THE STAID DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE ADMITTED NASDAQ BLUE CHIPS, MICROSOFT, INTEL AND HOME DEPOT. VT VO dow 10,000 WILL THE BOOM CONTINUE? WALL STREET NAYSAYERS POINT TO VT VO internet companies INTERNET COMPANIES WITHOUT PROFITS, DAY TRADING MADNESS, AND MISINFORMATION. BUT INVESTORS HAVE SHRUGGED OFF THE CASSANDRAS IN FAVOR OF REAPING PROFITS.
(Suggested Lead)

Please check wires for latest market news as the end of year approaches.
VT VO ecn's ELECTRONIC TRADING NETWORKS HAVE STEPPED IN... CHALLENGING TRADITIONAL TRADING SYSTEMS BY MAKING TRADES FASTER AND MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE.
VT VO online brokerages ACCORDING TO FORESTER RESEARCH, THERE ARE CURRENTLY 374 BILLION DOLLARS IN ONLINE BROKERAGE ACCOUNTS. MONEY IS MOVING FASTER NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. VT VO AND NEW COMPANIES HAVE ATTRACTED NEARLY 70 BILLION DOLLARS. BY YEAR'S END, AN ESTIMATED 510 COMPANIES WILL HAVE MADE THEIR WALL STREET DEBUT. VT VO ups UPS WAS THE RICHEST OFFERING OF ALL TIME IN THE U-S... RAISING 5.5 BILLION DOLLARS. VT VO linux MICROSOFT CHALLENGER, V-A LINUX SURGED 698-PERCENT ON ITS FIRST DAY. VT VO red hat, martha stewart, wwf RED HAT, MARTHA STEWART, AND THE WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION ALL MADE THEIR MARKET DEBUT THIS YEAR. ONCAM alexis AS 1999 DRAWS TO A CLOSE, INVESTORS HAVE SHRUGGED OFF Y2K FEARS, AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S CAUTIOUS STANCE. 1999 WILL GO DOWN AS THE YEAR INVESTMENTS WERE MADE WITH SPEED AND SIMPLICITY OF A CLICK OF THE MOUSE. I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS, CBS MARKETWATCH.))



[11Hampton-Industries]


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


Another sewing factory closing... another blow to Martinsville's economy.
Hampton Industries is closing a manufacturing facility.
That'll leave another 120-apparel workers without jobs.
Since September ... more than 26-hundred apparel workers have lost their jobs in Martinsville and Henry County.
That's pushed unemployment numbers in that area way above Virginia's average.
(++++++++++)

[TAKE FULLSCREEN]
In November ... the unemployment rate in Martinsville was 15-point-2 percent.
Henry County's jobless rate was 9-point-4 percent.
The statewide average is 2-point-six percent.
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[11Fireworks]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-49 37:36]
[GRAPHIC=new Year's]


New Year's Eve fireworks in downtown Roanoke are expected to be a sight you don't want to miss.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Organizers of this year's First Night promise the fireworks will be more spectacular then any other year. The display will be set off from Second Street Bridge.
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[SOT 4:04:31]
[IN Q=Our grand]

((WENDI SCHULTZ/ORGANIZER: OUR GRAND FINALE IS GOING TO BE DOWN AT FIRST UNION PLAZA AND THE LINE OF SIGHT FROM THE FIRST UNION PLAZA IS MUCH BETTER.))
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[11Top-Hospitals]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=chr]
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A Virginia hospital that has withstood much scrutiny lately is in the limelight again... this time for positive recognition.
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[VO-NAT 98-78 52:00]
[super=03-Charlottesville/November 1998]


A national survey says the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville is one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation.
The Medical Center came under fire after sending two newborns home with the wrong parents in 1995.
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[anchor=Melanie]
[graphic=None]


The survey also named four other Virginia hospitals in its top-100 list.
They are in the Richmond area and Northern Virginia.
The survey based its findings on financial performance and quality of care.


[Health-Check]


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


In medical news, a new study recommends more elderly people get involved in cancer studies.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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((Information:
ONCAM=MIKA

((on cam)) A WARNING THIS MORNING FROM THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE. NOT ENOUGH ELDERLY PEOPLE ARE TAKING PART IN CANCER STUDIES.

VT=VO

((vo)) A NEW REPORT FINDS THAT WHILE NEARLY TWO THIRDS OF ALL CANCER PATIENTS ARE OVER THE AGE 65, THEY MAKE UP JUST 25% OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN CANCER STUDIES.
THE STUDY'S AUTHORS SAY OLDER PATIENTS MAY NOT TAKE PART IN STUDIES BECAUSE THEY SEE NO BENEFIT IN DOING SO OR DON'T GET ENOUGH ENCOURAGEMENT.
THE STUDY RECOMMENDS GETTING MORE OLDER PEOPLE INVOLVED.

VT=VO

((vo)) NEW RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT TEENS WITH A HISTORY OF SEVERE CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME OF C-F-S, MAY ALSO SUFFER FROM AN ANXIETY DISORDER.
SCIENTISTS OUT OF LONDON STUDIED 25 TEENS WITH C-F-S AND FOUND ABOUT HALF ALSO HAD A PSYCHIATRIC DISORDER LIKE DEPRESSION.
A PERSON WITH C-F-S HAS DEBILITATING FATIGUE THAT LASTS FOR MORE THAN 6 MONTHS AND CANNOT BE ATTRIBUTED TO OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS.

ONCAM=MIKA

((on cam)) AND FINALLY CHEWING GUM MAY OFFER ANOTHER BENEFIT BESIDES FRESHENING YOUR BREATH.
A REPORT OUT OF THE MAYO CLINIC FOUND THAT CHEWING GUM RAISES YOUR METABOLIC RATE BY 20%. AND A PERSON WHO CHEWS SUGAR FREE GUM ALL DAY BURNS OFF THE EQUIVALENT OF 11 POUNDS A YEAR.
BUT RESEARCHERS WARN A PERSON WOULD HAVE TO CHEW EVERY WAKING HOUR FOR A YEAR TO BURN THE 11 POUNDS.

ONCAM=MIKA

AND THAT'S A LOOK AT THE DAY IN HEALTH. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEWS, NEW YORK.))


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[Casino-Preps]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=New Year's]


FRIDAY NIGHT, THOUSANDS OF PARTIERS ARE EXPECTED TO RING IN THE YEAR 2000 IN THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN RENO.
CASINOS ARE BETTING THAT MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE WILL END UP INSIDE THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS... THAT'S WHY THEY'RE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO PROTECT THEIR PROPERTY AND THEIR PATRONS WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE.
CIARA (Key-air-ah) COYLE HAS MORE.


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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]


George Harrison was stabbed early this morning by an intruder at his estate in central England.
A spokesman for the former Beatle says Harrison was stabbed several times in the chest, and his wife was hit over the head.
Harrison is in stable condition. His wife was not admitted but is at his side.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]

A second-grade teacher in Richardson, Texas, is charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of her sons. Authorities say Lisa Marie Smith was distraught over a custody battle with her former husband. They say she strangled the boys, and set her house on fire.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a rescue helicopter has managed to land more than 6-thousand feet up in the Austrian Alps and evacuate about 40 people stranded by a massive avalanche. Tuesday's avalanche killed nine German tourists, all experienced mountaineers. The avalanche was triggered by Europe's second killer storm this week.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this December 30-th.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[2-harrison]


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


One of the Beatles has been attacked at his home in central England.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]

[5:00]
Police say George Harrision was stabbed several times in the chest by an intruder who broke into his mansion this morning.
Harrison's wife Olivia was also wounded.
A spokesman says both Harrison and his wife, Olivia, struggled with the man and were apparently able to subdue him until police arrived.
Harrison is hospitalized in stable condition.
His wife was not addmitted.
Authorities have taken the 33 year old suspect into custody.
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[Hijacking]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Hijacking]


There may be a breakthrough in the week-old Indian Airlines hijacking.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kandahar, Afghanistan;]

[3:01;57]
An Indian official is reporting this morning that the hijackers of the Indian Airlines plane in Afghanistan have freed one hostage. Diplomats say Indian negotiators had agreed to release some Kashmiri militants in return for the freedom of close to 160 passengers being held hostage aboard the plane in Aghanistan.
But the two sides appear to be haggling over numbers.
The hijackers have demanded that 35 militants and a Pakistani cleric be let go.
Meanwhile, soldiers have surrounded the plane and brought a rocket launcher onto the runway.
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[custody-fight]


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


A Texas grade school teacher paid to educate children, is now accused of killing her own.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richardson, TX;]

[3:13:14]
Lisa Marie Smith has been charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of her son.
Authorities say Smith was distraught over a custody battle with her former husband. They say she strangled the boys and then tried to kill herself two days later.

She's being held on suicide watch, with bond set at two million dollars.
Her two boys are dead, found inside their burning home yesterday.
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[avalanche]


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


There's word of more survivors in a deadly avalanche in the Austrian Alps.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Galtuer, Austria;]

[3:20:10]
A survivor tells Austria's press agency that she was one of five people rescued after being buried under a mass of snow yesterday.
A rescue helicopter also help evacuate about 40 people stranded by the avalanche.
The massive snowslide killed nine German tourists.
It was triggered by Europe's killer storms.
Across Europe, more than 120 people have died.
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[2-11Poff-ID]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-47 46:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke's federal building is checking I-Ds at the door.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Anyone who wants to get into the Poff building downtown now has to show a driver's license or some other photo I-D.
People who didn't have one were being turned away by federal marshals yesterday.
A spokesman for the government says this and other steps were taken because of continuing concern about security at federal buildings.
But officials are NOT aware of any specific threat against government workers or offices in southwest Virginia.
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[2-11Y2K-Shopping]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-43 2:03:37]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Y-2-K worries have NOT prompted as many people to buy emergency supplies.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Businesses that sell portable generators saw brisk sales earlier in the fall, but things have trailed off since then.
Store owners say the Y-2-K hysteria seems to have calmed down, and their customers are not that worried.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 16:11:32//16:17:39]
[IN Q=I thought it]

((MIKE RHODES/MYERS AND RHODES EQUIPMENT: I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A LITTLE MORE, BUT THEY DOWNPLAYED IT SO MUCH, THE WHOLE Y2K THING, THAT IT DOESN'T SURPRISE ME A WHOLE LOT BUT I THOUGHT WE WOULD SELL MORE THAN WE HAVE. BUT PEOPLE ARE REALLY NOT CONCERNED IS WHAT WE'VE FOUND.)) ((CHRIS JAMES/CT FARM AND COUNTRY: I'LL SAY IN THE LAST MONTH THINGS HAVE SLOWED DOWN A LITTLE BIT WITH GENERATORS, HEATERS HAVE STILL BEEN GOING PRETTY STRONG. I SELL A LOT OF BOXWOOD STOVES, ANYTHING YOU CAN BURN WITH GAS OR WOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Rhodes/Myers and Rhodes Equipment; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chris James/CT Farm and Country; :12]
[RUNS=23]
[OUT Q=gas or wood.]
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[VO-NAT]


Rental agencies also say many of their generators have already been reserved for New Year's Eve.
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[11Essay-Winner]


[ANCHOR=]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-48 45:19]
[GRAPHIC=New Year's]


New Year's Eve is a special night for people of all ages.
But this year a 13-year old Roanoke County boy will certainly have a night he'll never forget. He's leading the Star City in the count down to the year 2000. Kate Weidaw introduces us to him.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=NAT SOUND]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;:00]
[SUPER=07-Rajiv Srinivasan;:15]
[SUPER=01-Rajagopalan Srinivasan/Father;:58]
[SUPER=01-Gita Srinivasan/Mother;1:05]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:27 QUICK!!!]
[RUNS=1:53]
[OUT Q=kw news 7 roanoke.]

((Rajiv Srinivasan (Sir-eni-vasen) is only 13 years old but he is well beyond his years when it comes to looking to the future.

[SOT 6:03:04]
[INQ=]

((RAJIV SRINIVASAN: THIS IS A TURNING POINT IN OUR LIVES SURE IT MAY SEEM LIKE JUST ANOTHER YEAR BUT A TURNING POINT IN OUR LIVES LIKE THIS CAN ONLY BE TAKEN AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE OUR MORALS MAKE NEW GOALS.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 13]


This 8th grader who attends Cave Spring Junior High School and plays violin for the Roanoke Symphony's Junior Strings won an essay contest about his hope for the new millennium. He chose to write about his family.

[SOT 5:59:54]
[INQ=]

((RAJIV SRINIVASAN: THE FAMILY CONSISTS OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOU, CARED ABOUT YOU, AND SUPPORTED YOU AND THAT'S WHERE REAL HAPPINESS COMES FROM.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


His parents couldn't be more proud.

[SOT 6:49:27]
[INQ=]

((RAJAGOPALAN SRINIVASAN: HE HAS THIS FLARE AND HAS BEEN DOING THIS SINCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND I HADN'T TO MANY DOUBTS.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


[6:50:07]
[INQ=]

((GITA SRINIVASAN: WE HAVE SHOWN THEM A LOT OF TRUST GIVE THEM A LOT OF FREEDOM AND THE ABILITY TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES AND MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 7]


[NAT SOUND OF SPEECH]
[RUNS= 5]



[SOT 6:01:49]
[INQ=]

((RAJIV SRINIVASAN: I THINK IF THEY JUST LOOK AT MY FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AND HOW I READ MY SPEECH, HOW I DELIVER IT, HOW I KNOW THIS HAS HELPED ME I KNOW THEY WILL AGREE WITH ME AND IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 11]


Rajiv does admit he is a little nervous to stand before thousands of people come Friday, but he hopes before he counts down to the year 2000, his words leave a lasting impression.

[SOT 6:06:05]
[INQ=]

((RAJIV SRINIVASAN: WE MUST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT WE DO HAVE AND RECOGNIZE WHERE WE COME FROM - OUR ORIGIN OUR FAMILY.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 12]


Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))





[High-Tech-yearender]


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


1999 was a landmark year for the Internet and other hi-tech industries.
Drew Levinson takes a look.
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[SOT Tues 10:31:20]
[IN Q=]



[SUPER=01-Peter Verniero/NJ Attorney General]
[SUPER=01-Stephanie O'Brien/CBS Marketwatch]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting]
[RUNS=2:37]
[OUT Q=CBS News Detroit]

(((NATS) For some, the choice was bigger.

(NATS)

For others; smaller.

(NATS)

Speed

(NATS)

or convenience.

(NATS)


1999 was a landmark year for the Internet and other hi-tech industries.
But for most Americans, 1999 was a big fat ZERO. Two zeros in fact, as the nation and the world prepared for the so-called Millennium bug.

(NATS)

Billions of dollars were spent on new computers and fixes for old ones as we battled a problem born at the dawn of the electronic age. The glitch: many older computers and devices couldn't recognize the year 2000.

(NATS)


If y-2-k wasn't enough, many computer users had to fight off terrorist attacks of sorts. The most notable in 1999, the Melissa Virus.

(SOT: Peter Verniero, NJ Attorney General)

"We can't get into this individual's mind at this point"
Police arrested a New Jersey man for creating the e-mail virus Melissa, which clogged computer systems around the world.

(SOT: Verniero)

"I think there is a strong message we are sending here today - that if you tamper with communications of this sortyou will be prosecuted"

(Track)

New products were HOT in 1999. Consumers lapped up DVDs, and handheld personal assistants like the Palm Pilot. But High Definition Television sets, which promised a whole new view on the world of entertainment, sat on shelves as shoppers waited for prices to come down.

(NATS)

It seemed Americans finally began to feel comfortable with shopping online. Web sites like Amazon.com registered record sales, even the Chief Executive of the company was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

(SOT: Stephanie O'Brien, CBS Marketwatch)

536 Jeff Bezos was named Man of the Yearwhich illustrates how important a company like Amazon isand it's changing the way we shop"

(TRACK)


But while the government battled Microsoft in the courtroom over anti-trust issues, and personal computer makers slugged it out with price wars at local stores.the BIG story for 1999 and beyond may be inside a simple wire.

(SOT: Stephanie O'Brien, CBS Marketwatch)

000334 "Broadband technologywhich will enable greater quantities of data and information to travel just to enhance the Internet experience to keep up with the demand of multimedia that consumers are pounding the table for"

(TRACK)

Analysts say it'll be the "need for speed" in the year 2000 and beyond that will drive the industry. As the information superhighway gets into high gear.
Drew Levinson CBS News Detroit))

[3harrison]


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


Former Beatle George Harrision has been attacked at his home in central England.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]

[5:00]
Police say Harrision was stabbed several times in the chest by an intruder who broke into his mansion this morning.
Harrison's wife Olivia was also wounded.
A spokesman says both Harrison and his wife, Olivia, struggled with the man and were apparently able to subdue him until police arrived.
Harrison is hospitalized in stable condition.
His wife was not admitted.
Authorities have taken the 33 year old suspect into custody.
(------------)


[11Sprint]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sgo]
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If you use Sprint for long-distance calls from Virginia ... a strike at the phone company most likely won't affect you.
Thousands of unionized Sprint workers are ready to walk out at midnight tonight.
The Communications Workers of America Union represents them ... and about a hundred workers in Martinsville.
But the Martinsville workers' contract is good through May.
The strike could affect some 17-hundred workers in six states, including North Carolina and part of Virginia.

[11State-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-42 2:00:36]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Budget]


It's a record-setting 48-BILLION dollar, two-year budget for Virginia.
But for some area groups, it's STILL not enough.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville;]


More than 130 people showed up in Wytheville for the first of six public hearings on the governor's proposed budget.
Cultural agencies, community action groups and educators were all on hand, clamoring for more money.
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[SUPER=01-Kay Strickland/Va. Museum of Transportation; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Booher/Teacher; :14]
[SOT 12:25:15 - :28]

((KAY STRICKLAND/VA. MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION: TOOT. TOOT. THE VA. MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION IS MAKING TRACKS. I'M HERE TO ASK YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. OF OUR CULTURAL INSTITUTION FOR THE BIENNIUM.))
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((RALPH BOOHER/TEACHER: IT'S ESSENTIAL FOR A STATE TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN COMPETITIVE SALARIES, TO RETAIN THE BEST TEACHERS AND ATTRACT NEW PERSONNEL OF HIGH CALIBER. ))
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[OUT Q=of high caliber.]
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[VO-NAT]


Legislators could NOT say how much weight the General Assembly would place on hearing participants' opinions.
They'll consider them before the final budget is passed in March.
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[11Sales-Tax]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
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[GRAPHIC=Food Tax]

The food tax will diminish by a fraction in a couple days -- but it'll costing grocery store owners.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

You'll save money on most food items, like bread, candy and produce. But the ready-to-eat items will NOT get a tax break. Helen Pagans says this will confuse both customers and employees.
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[IN Q=If you were]

((IF YOU WERE BY YOURSELF ... I DREAD IT.))
[SUPER=01-Helen Pagans/Pagans Grocery;]
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[OUT Q=I dread it]
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((nat sot cash register))
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[VO-NAT]

Reprogramming her cash register cost Pagans hundreds of dollars. But employees at other, more sophisticated stores are not concerned.
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((I THINK IT'S GREAT. ANYTHING WE CAN GET LOWERED, IT HELPS EVERYBODY.))
[SUPER=01-Sylvia Rice/Buzz In Market;]
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[OUT Q=it helps everybody]
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[VO-NAT]

The tax break knocks off 50 cents for every 100 dollars you spend on food. The food tax is scheduled to drop a little more each year -- from four-and-a-half-percent now to two- and-a-half percent by two-thousand-three.
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[11Hokie-Graveyard]


[ANCHOR=kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-45]
[GRAPHIC=Hokies]


This year-- the Hokie Graveyard is full.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


The graveyard is a window display at (Sue-VLOCK-ee) Souvlaki in downtown Blacksburg.
For more than ten years, the owner and his employees have kept it up.
If the Hokies win -- the team they defeat is buried in sand and a marker with the score is placed overhead.
This year, sugar was used to "bury" Boston College.
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[SOT 36:37:19/38:14:05]
[IN Q=I like]

((VICTOR BROWN: I LIKE IT THE WAY THEY'VE GOT IT SET UP, DEAD AND BURIED AINT THEY. CHRIS KAPPAS/SOUVLAKI OWNER: PEOPLE ARE RALLY ATTRACTED TO IT FOR SOME REASON, YOU WOULD THINK IT WAS THE ACROPOLIS OR SOMETHING OR AN ANCIENT PYRAMID, THEY COME AND FLOCK TO THE WINDOW.))
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[SUPER=01-Chris Kappas/Souvlaki Owner; ]
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[OUT Q=to the window.]
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[VO-NAT]


Souvlaki has kept up the graveyard since the mid 1980's.
But it's been a fixture downtown since the 60's.
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[Local-Recap]
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[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:


[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Hampton Industries in Martinsville is closing a manufacturing facility.
That'll leave another 120-apparel workers without jobs.
Since September ... more than 26-hundred apparel workers have lost their jobs in Martinsville and Henry County.

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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Roanoke's federal building is checking I-Ds at the door.
Anyone who wants to get into the Poff building downtown now has to show a driver's license or some other photo I-D.
A spokesman for the government says this and other steps were taken because of continuing concern about security at federal buildings.
But officials are NOT aware of any specific threat against government workers or offices in southwest Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The food tax will go down a little bit come the New Year You'll save money on most food items, like bread, candy and produce. But the ready-to-eat items will NOT get a tax break.
For every 100 dollars you spend on food, the tax break knocks off 50 cents. The food tax is scheduled to drop a little more each year -- from four-and-a-half-percent now to two- and-a-half percent by two-thousand-three.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
(Kimberly mic hot)
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(Kimberly ad lib weather)
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2-shot
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