[India-Hijacking]

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A hostage who was allowed to step off the hijacked Indian Airlines plane for medical treatment is now back on the aircraft.
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Indian officials had wanted the International Red Cross to treat the man, suffering from cancer.
But the Red Cross would NOT agree to return him to the plane, as the hijackers demanded.
The hostage is said to be an Indian national.
The hijackers, armed with grenades, pistols, and knives are still insisting on the release of 35 prisoners from Indian jails.
In return, they promised to release the passengers and crew of the plane, which is sitting on the tarmac in southern Afghanistan.
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[Custody-Death]


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A Texas school teacher is accused of murdering her own children.
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Lisa Marie Smith has been charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of her sons.
Authorities say Smith was upset 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 in jail, being held on suicide watch.
Bond is set at two million dollars.
The two boys were found dead, inside their burning home yesterday.
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[City-Council]


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Meanwhile Mayor Bowers wants to take another look at that pay raise council approved a couple of weeks ago.
Bowers has called a special meeting for tomorrow morning to discuss the issue.
City council approved raises for the mayor and council members, by just one vote, four to three.
The vote came at a regular council meeting, but was not listed on the agenda.

[Plane-Landing]


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An emergency landing yesterday in California--
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The pilot brought in a single- engine plane for a dramatic belly landing at an airport in Burbank, California.
After much coaching from the control tower, the white Piper Comanche finally made it safely to the ground.
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((YOU'RE DOING FINE. YOU'RE DOING TERRIFIC! GET DOWN ANOTHER FIVE FEET. KEEP IT COMING! HOLD IT THERE!))
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The pilot reportedly had trouble getting the landing gear to lock, causing the plane to drift back and forth.
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[Bomb-Threat]


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New Hampshire officials say they received a letter threatening to set off a bomb during that state's First Night celebrations planned for tomorrow.
Authorities believe this latest threat is related to similar threats made last year.
John Henning has more.
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[5-Pharmacies-Y2K]


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The threat of Y-2-K shortages has many people stocking up on food and water. Many pharmacies were expecting a run on prescription drugs, but that apparently isn't the case in Roanoke.
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((I GOT IT, JUST ONE? JUST ONE.))
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Pharmacists at Williamson Road Pharmacy in Roanoke say the shelves are filled and they don't expect any shortages.
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((TIM SCHIRM/PHARMACIST: WE HAD THE INCREASE FROM COLD AND FLU OF COURSE, BUT WE DO HAVE ABOUT ONE OUT OF TWENTY ARE PUSHING THE PANIC BUTTON AND STOCKING UP AN EXTRA MONTH OR AN EXTRA HUNDRED PILLS.))
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Kroger pharmacists say they've seen an increase in prescription medication, but they also attribute it to a bad cold and flu season, not computer fears. CVS says there has been NO increase in demand for prescriptions at any CVS pharmacies in the country.
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[Hampton-Industries]


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Another 120 textile workers in Martinsville will lose their jobs in the New Year.
Hamco Apparel announced yesterday it is closing it's manufacturing facility.
Hamco's parent company .... Hampton Industries ... says the layoffs should be complete by the end of February.
The company says it's applying for Trade-Act assistance ... that's the sort of assistance workers get when their jobs go to another country.
More than 26-hundred apparel workers in Martinsville and Henry County have lost their jobs since September.


[Fireworks]


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New Year's Eve fireworks in downtown Roanoke are expected to be a sight to see.
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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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((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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[Essay-Winner]


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This New Year's Eve will be extra special for a 13-year old boy from Roanoke County.
His vision for the future has earned him the opportunity to lead the Star City in the count down to the year 2000.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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((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.

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((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.))
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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.

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((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.))
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His parents couldn't be more proud.

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((RAJAGOPALAN SRINIVASAN: HE HAS THIS FLARE AND HAS BEEN DOING THIS SINCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND I HADN'T TO MANY DOUBTS.))
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((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.))
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((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.))
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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.

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((RAJIV SRINIVASAN: WE MUST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT WE DO HAVE AND RECOGNIZE WHERE WE COME FROM - OUR ORIGIN OUR FAMILY.))
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Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))





[Tech-Security]


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Football fans will swarm New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, but not all of them are wanted.
Virginia Tech has hired 24 hour protection to keep sports agents away from the players.
Agents are known for recruiting potential clients while they are still in college, but Tech isn't allowing it.
Coach Frank Beamer has said the team's security has already thrown out one agent at the team's hotel.
The N-C-double-A strictly prohibits players from signing with or accepting gifts from agents.