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The year 2000 has already arrived in some parts of the world, and here in the US, we're getting ready.
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Several thousand people were on hand to witness the lighting of the famous ball this morning in Times Square.
The pre- dawn lighting ceremony coincided with the arrival of the new year in the South Pacific.
It'll change colors during the day as the new year arrives around the world, before arriving in the Big Apple at midnight.
About one-and-a-half-million people are expected to ring in the year 2000 in Times Square tonight.
Reporter Terisa Estacio is standing by in Sydney, Australia, where they're already rung in the new year.
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[2000]


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(LOCATOR: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA)



(NATZ OF FIRE WORKS)


WITH THOUSANDS OF FIREWORKS ILLUMINATING THE NIGHT SKY...SYDNEY WELCOMED THE YEAR 2000 IN THE GRANDEST OF WAYS.

(NATZ OF AULD LANG)


EVEN BRIDGES WERE SMILING.. AS WERE THOUSANDS OF REVELERS CELEBRATING THE DAWN OF A NEW CENTURY.
SYDNEY MAY HAVE BEEN SPECTACULAR...BUT THEIR CELEBRATION WASN'T FIRST. THAT HONOR BELONGED TO KIRIBATI'S MILLENIUM ISLAND.

(LOCATOR: KIRIBATI)



(NATZ)


THE TINY COUNTRY PUT ON A BIG SHOW... AS DANCERS USHERED IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A TRADITIONAL CALL FOR GOOD LUCK.

(LOCATOR: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND)



(NATZ)


THIS WAS THE SCENE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND. AN ELABORATE STAGE SHOW AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY.
MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND PERFORMERS CELEBRATED ALL ASPECTS OF NEW ZEALAND LIFE..SPANNING TWO THOUSAND YEARS.
AND NOT TO BE OUTDONE BY ANY CITY OR ISLAND.... HONG KONG'S CELEBRATION.

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(ESTACIO STANDUP, NO Y2K PROBLEMS SO FAR)




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[Ritchie]


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The city of Roanoke believes its people and computers are ready for the Year 2000.
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Acting city manager Jim Ritchie is one of the officials keeping an eye on things tonight.
It's already 2000 in Australia and other parts of the world, and they are not reporting any problems from the Y2K bug. Do you find that encouraging?
What advice do you have for people who are concerned about key city systems after midnight, like water and 9-1-1?


What should they do if they think there's a problem?
On another topic-- have you decided yet what your plans will be for the new year...as far as staying on with the city?
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Okay, thank you so much for joining us this afternoon.
Good luck with everything, and Happy New Year.


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And News 7 will spend New Year's Eve and New Year's Day working to bring you the latest news in our area and around the globe as the new year begins.
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[TAKE FULLSCREEN]
And join us for special coverage at 11 tonight. News 7 will continue with a special broadcast at 11:35 p-m through the start of 2000.
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[First-WX] [12/31/1999]
(Toss to Andrew in Weather Center)



[SS=NONE]ANDREW IN WX-CENTER

[WXPRO/FULL] WEATHER MAPS NEW YEAR'S EVE FORECAST

[SS=NONE]ANDREW TOSS BACK[Council-Pay]



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Roanoke city council spent the last day of the 19-hundreds debating how much they should be paid in the 2-thousands.
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At a special meeting this morning, council members took another vote on an ordinance raising the mayor's salary by three thousand dollars, and council members pay by two thousand.
A council critic said most city residents are against the proposal.
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((DUANE HOWARD/I- CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR: NOW YOU DESERVE A SMALL RAISE, MAYOR BOWERS, WITHIN REASON JUST LIKE I SAID BEFORE, WHAT SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS GET. OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BEFORE YOU OR WHAT YOU'VE DONE IN THE PAST THAT WOULD QUALIFY YOU FOR A RAISE.))
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But one councilman said people tell him that they DO deserve more money.
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((CARROLL SWAIN/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I MOVE ABOUT IN THE CITY AND IT WAS LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE GRAVITATED TO ME SAY YOU DO NEED A RAISE. WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU DIDN'T GET IT BECAUSE REALLY YOU'RE NOT ASKING FOR MUCH.))
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The pay ordinance needed five votes to pass, and got just four: Swain, Alvin Hudson, Bill White and Mayor Bowers.
Nelson Harris, Linda Wyatt and Jim Trout voted against it.
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[Lewis]


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Roanoke police say the man shot by a city officer overnight did NOT have a weapon. The officer who fired is on administrative leave while police investigate the incident. The driver they pulled over faces charges that include failure to stop for police and driving with a suspended license.
City police say it started when a patrol tried to pull over car driving without lights just after midnight.
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The pursuit ended in the 400 block of Patton Avenue Northwest. Police say the driver got out, then reached back into the car and turned suddenly towards officer W.G. Boucher (boo-SHAY). The officer fired, hitting 38 year old Wilbert Wesley Lewis in the abdomen.
Lewis is hospitalized, his injuries considered non life threatening.
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[Sprint]


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Sprint telephone employees in southwest Virginia won't be going on strike.
The company reached agreement on a three-year contract last night .. just hours before a midnight strike deadline.
Sprint provides local telephone service in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. The union represents about a third of the Sprint employees in the region.

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It's a quiet ending to the eight- day hijacking of an Indian Airlines jet.
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The five gunmen finally surrendered to Afghanistan's Taliban government this morning.
India agreed to release the three militants.
In exchange all 155 hostages aboard the aircraft were released.
The first of two planes carrying the freed passengers has arrived in New Delhi from Afghanistan, greeted by India's prime minister.
Meanwhile, the family of the pilot expressed their relief that the ordeal is over.
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((DEEKSHA SARAN/PILOT'S DAUGHTER: I'M VERY HAPPY AND EXCITED THAT'S HE'S COMING BACK.))
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All of the hostages are said to be okay.
There was one American among them.
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[Yeltsin]


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Russian President Boris Yeltsin has already left a lasting mark on this New Year's Eve by announcing his retirement.
Following Yeltsin's surprise move this morning, the country seems to be reponding well to the news.
Bill Gasperini reports.
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(( YELTSIN MADE HIS SHOCK ANNOUNCEMENT SAYING IT WAS TIME TO LEAVE OFFICE BECAUSE HE HAD DONE ALL HE COULD AS PRESIDENT. AND THAT RUSSIA NEEDS NEW LEADERSHIP IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM. YELTSIN HAS ALREADY SIGNED A DECREE TRANSFERRING POWER OVER TO PRIME MINISTER PUTIN WHO ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION TAKES OVER FOR THREE MONTHS BEFORE NEW ELECTIONS CAN BE HELD. OPINION POLLS HAVE CONSISTENTLY SHOWN PRIME MINISTER PUTIN TO BE RUSSIA'S MOST TRUSTED POLITICIAN. HIS POPULARITY STEMS LARGELY FROM HIS TOUGH STAND AGAINST MILITANTS IN BREAKAWAY. RUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN BATTLING CHECHEN FIGHTERS THERE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS IN A WAR MOST RUSSIANS SEE AS NECESSARY. PERHAPS MORE THAN THAT THE 47 YEAR OLD PUTIN S THE YOUNG DECISIVE LEADER MANY RUSSIANS SAY THEY HAVE BEEN YEARNING FOR. THE STRONG HAND THEY THINK CAN DEAL WITH THE COUNTRY'S MANY PROBLEMS. PUTIN RECEIVED BIG BOOST IN RECENT ELECTIONS FOR A NEW PARLIAMENT WHERE POLITICAL PARTIES HE SUPPORTS DID WELL. TO THE POINT SOME CALL THE VOTE A REFERENDUM ON HIS LEADERSHIP. MANY ANALYSTS ARE ALREADY SAYING PUTIN IS LIKELY TO BE RUSSIA'S NEXT PRESIDENT. BILL GASPERINI CBS NEWS. MOSCOW
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Meanwhile, Russia's stock market is on an upswing after Yeltsin's announcement-- jumping nearly 17- percent.
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On Wall Street, the last day of trading in 19-99 began with an appearance by boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
The three- time world heavyweight champion rang the opening bell this morning.
Wall Street is opening for a shortened trading session, with the closing bell sounding three hours early.
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[11Jubilee-Center]


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A Lynchburg youth center knows it has new life for the new year, thanks to some generous community support.
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The Jubilee Family Development Center had been facing a January 1st deadline to pay back a 200- thousand dollar construction loan.
This week, One Valley Bank extended that deadline six months.. and contributions continue to pour in.
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((STERLING WILDER/JUBILEE CENTER DIRECTOR: SO MANY LETTERS, I MEAN HUNDREDS HAVE COME IN, AND SOMETIMES YOU GET A CHECK AND A LITTLE NOTE SAYING `KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, WE'RE THINKING ABOUT YOU' OR `I WISH IT COULD BE MORE'. ONE PERSON CAME BY, IT WAS A MOTHER WITH THREE KIDS CAME IN YESTERDAY WITH 27 DOLLARS AND SAID `THIS IS ALL THAT WE HAVE, WE WANT TO GIVE IT TO YOU FOR YOUR LOAN, AND GIVE IT TO YOU FOR THE CENTER' AND THAT MEANS A LOT.))
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Jubilee still needs to raise another 50- thousand dollars.
It wants to pay off that loan so construction on a new gymnasium can start later this year.
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[S-Running]


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Two dynamic offenses will meet when Virginia Tech takes on Florida state in Tuesday's Sugar Bowl.
As Mike Stevens reports, the Seminoles may have a tough time running against the Hokies.
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(( The Tech defense was as stingy as any in the nation this past season allowing only 10 points a game. But what really concerns the Seminoles is finding a way to run the ball against the Hokies. Tech only gave up an average of 76 yards a game on the ground. ((BOBBY BOWDEN/FSU HEAD COACH:)) Keeping Tech honest is the goal - but achieving may be more difficult than some first thought. The Hokies believe their speed and maturity will be able to disrupt the Seminoles attack. ((COREY MOORE/TECH ALL-AMERICAN:)) ((JAMEL SMITH/TECH'S LEADING TACKLER:)) ((BOBBY BOWDEN:)) Besides having 58 sacks, the Tech defense also forced 22 turnovers, and had 104 quarterback hurries. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))



[First-Baby]


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We've yet to ring in the new year here...
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But on the other side of the globe, they're welcoming the first baby of the year 2000.
This baby boy was born in New Zealand just one minute after midnight, their time.
A second baby was born in another New Zealand city, 15 minutes after midnight.
This time, it was a girl.
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Another reminder that News 7 will spend New Year's Eve and New Year's Day working to bring you the latest news in our area and around the globe as the new year begins.
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[TAKE FULLSCREEN]
And join us for special coverage at 11 tonight. News 7 will continue with a special broadcast at 11:35 p-m through the start of 2000. (++++++++++)