[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Independent Virgil Goode will side with Republicans in the upcoming Congressional session.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the search is on in Pulaski County for a missing teenage girl.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Goode]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=99-48 1:23:34]
[GRAPHIC=Goode]


Congressman Virgil Goode may officially be an independent but this morning he announced that he's joining the House Republican Caucus.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Goode made the announcement alongside House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senator John Warner.
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[SOT 11:45:47]
[IN Q=I've been]

((REP. VIRGIL GOODE/I- FIFTH DISTRICT: ))
[SUPER=@Goode;]
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[OUT Q=will continue]
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[VO-NAT]


The move means he'll take part in G-O-P policy sessions and get committee assignments from the Republicans.
In fact, the G-O-P awarded Goode a seat on the House Appropriations Committee.
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[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The 53- year- old fifth district congressman is in his second term.
He'd just announced Monday that he plans to leave the Democratic party and run for re- election as an INDEPENDENT.

[Fuel-Spill]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-47 TC1:32:14]
[GRAPHIC=Tanker Spill]


Crews are working to contain a diesel fuel spill along the James River in Lynchburg this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


The environmental contractor W-E-L Enterprises was brought in to handle to the spill on the property of Griffin Pipe.
Officials say around 4 this morning, a fork lift accidentally punctured a fuel tank on a truck.
An estimated 750 to one thousand gallons of fuel leaked into a storm sewer and then into the river.
Crews have set up booms in the water to keep the spill from spreading.
Cleanup should take at least a day.
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[Missing-Girl]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Pulaski County authorities are looking for a 16-year-old girl who's been missing for a two days.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN PICTURE]
Tara Rose Munsey was last seen Tuesday night at the Taco Bell in Fairlawn, dressed in her navy blue uniform.
Her family says she had phoned to say she was on her way home, but never showed up.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Her car was found at the restaurant.
State Police will use a helicopter to search the area around the restaraunt this afternoon.
The sheriff's office is asking that anyone who might have information about her whereabouts to call them at 980-7800.

[clinton-speech]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=State of the Union]


President Clinton this afternoon is preparing for his final state of the union address.
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[VO-NAT]

[3:27:08]
He's expected to propose a 350 million dollar tax relief package.
[SUPER=04-Newshour with Jim Lehrer; ]

[3:02:15]
In a P-B-S interview taped yesterday the President reflected on his past years in office and looked to the future.
He says he's looking forward to living a normal life again.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((PRESIDENT CLINTON: DRIVING A CAR, SHOPPING FOR FOOD, PAYING THE BILLS. WHEN THE PIPES FREEZE, YOU KNOW ALL THAT STUFF, YOU'VE GOT TO GO BACK TO LIVING YOUR LIFE LIKE AN ORDINARY PERSON. I THINK THAT'S GOOD.))
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[OUT Q=I think that's good.]
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[VO-NAT]


The interview also included more apologies from President Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Mr. Clinton says he paid a high price for what he called his "one mistake.''
But he calls the independent counsel probe that shadowed most of his presidency "bogus.''
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[cuban-boy]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Elian Gonzalez]


The grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez are back in Washington for another round of lobbying on Capitol Hill.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL;]

[3:05:04]
The two women want Congress to drop legislation that would give Elian U-S citizenship.
They had an emotional reunion yesterday with Elian in Miami.
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[SOT]

[3:07:02]
[IN Q=]

((HE SAID THAT EVERYTHING WAS OK, HE HASN'T TALKED MUCH, ALL I KNOW IS THAT EVERYTHING WAS FINE AND THEY BEHAVED VERY GOOD WITH HIM AND ALL THEY TALKED ABOUT WAS ALBUM OF PHOTOS THAT THEY HAD BROUGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Marisleysis Gonzalea/Elian's Cousin;]
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[OUT Q=they had brought.]
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[VO-NAT]


Elian has been living with relatives in Miami who are fighting in court to keep the boy in the U-S.

In November he was found clinging to an inner tube off the Florida coast, after his mother drowned trying to flee Cuba.
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[E-Town-Meeting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-52 58:31]
[GRAPHIC=Goodlatte]


Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he'lll vote against any legislation to make Elian a citizen.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

Goodlatte made the statement at a town meeting last night in Roanoke County.
Other issues brought up by folks attending the meeting were social security, the national debt, and using a picture i-d to vote.
Goodlatte says he enjoys meeting with voters.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They give]

((BOB GOODLATTE: THEY GIVE ME A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHAT MY CONSTITUENTS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THIS NEW SESSION OF CONGRESS WHAT ISSUES THEY WANT ME TO FOCUS ON.))
[SUPER=@Goodlatte]
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[OUT Q=to focus on.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


This town meeting was just one of several Goodlatte has planned.

[nc-snow]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


The Southeast is bracing for yet another winter storm.
Meantime, North Carolina residents are still digging out from Tuesday's massive snowfall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC;]

[3:18:55]
More than 2 feet fell in some parts.
The snowstorm shut down a 20-mile section of interstate 85 between North Carolina and Virginia leaving many motorists stranded.
And many homes are still without electricity.
This recent rash of bad weather could not have come at a worse time.
Just four months ago the state was slammed by Hurricane Floyd.
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[Schoolwatch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=School information]


Parts of our viewing are also tyring to dig out and that's led some schools to close for the rest of the week.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN SCHOOLWATCH BOARDS]
The following schools are all closed Tomorrow.
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(toss to Patrick)



[WX-One]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


More winter weather may be on the way.
Let's talk to Patrick Evans. [Patrick in WX Center]
(adlib)
[WXPro=Full]



(toss back to Melanie)


[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Parents are being warned again about the dangers of a Pokemon toy.
The details are still ahead on News 7 at noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the McCaughey's may have some competition-- another set of septuplets are on the way.
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[music up full] [comm1]

[SEPTUPLETS]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Septuplets]


In about two months, if all goes well, a New Jersey woman will become one of only a handful of women to give birth to septuplets.
Marcella Palmer spoke with the parents to be and has their story.
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[SOT]

[3:13:57]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Neptune, NJ; :00]
[SUPER=01-Fred Smalls/Father To Be; :44]
[SUPER=01-Ivette Zapata-Smalls/Mother To Be; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Marcella Palmer/Reporting; 1:46]
[RUNS=2:03]
[OUT Q=for CBS News.]



[pokemon-alert]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Federal safety officials today are issuing another nationwide consumer alert about the pokemon ball from Burger King.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Marion Co., IN;]

[7:05:05]
It comes after a four-month-old boy in Indianapolis suffocated on the toy Tuesday.
A California girl died the same way in December.
A spokesman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission says Burger will be running new radio and newspaper ads to warn consumers.
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[E-Rural-Drugs]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-57 32:02]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A private study from Columbia University says adolescents in small-town America are more likely to use drugs than city kids -- and the problem is reaching alarming proportions.
But do the results ring true for this region?
Kate Weidaw talked to local counselors to find out.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=the latest study.]
[SUPER=@File; :00]
[SUPER=01-Katie Zawacki/Substance Abuse Prevention; :30]
[SUPER=@Kate1; 1:03]
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[OUT Q=kw news 7.]

(([99-40 1:03:30] The latest study on drug use is finding drugs are not just a problem in urban areas. [take pre-pro] In fact the study finds rural teens are 104-percent more likely to use amphetamines, 50% more likely to use cocaine, and 34% more likely to smoke marijuana then adolescents living in cities. [vo from field tape] But according to Katie Zawacki, a substance abuse prevention specialist, that's not the case in Roanoke or surrounding areas.

[SOT 2:38:38]
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((KATIE ZAWACKI: BASICALLY ACROSS THE BOARD THEY ARE BASICALLY THE SAME PERCENTAGE OF DRUG USE AND THE USE IS GENERALLY ALCOHOL.))
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Zawacki says 1 in 4 adolescents are likely to use alcohol because of a family member abusing the substance -- and it's a problem in rural and urban areas.

[SOT 2:40:19]
[INQ=]

((KATIE ZAWACKI: THE USE OF ALCOHOL AND ALCOHOLISM HAS NOT DECLINED IN THE LAST TEN YEARS.))
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And whether it's alcohol or drugs - for people living in rural areas - finding help can sometimes be difficult.

[SOT 2:39:24]
[INQ=]

((KATIE ZAWACKI: ALSO SOME OF THE RURAL AREAS ARE NOT IN CONTACT WITH THE LARGER COMMUNITY AND THEY MAY BE NOT ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THE PROBLEM AND GET HELP AND JUST ISOLATION ITSELF.))
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Zawacki assures parents they should not be alarmed by the new study - but they should be aware of what their children are doing.
Even though the study may not hold up in our area - it's a reminder that drugs aren't just a problem in urban areas.

Kate Weidaw, News 7.))
[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


After decades of debate-- experts admit Thomas Jefferson fathered children with one of his slaves.
Details are still ahead on News 7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And a three dollar spin on a slot machine turns into a record 34-million dollar jackpot.
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[COMM BREAK #2]



[E-Jefferson-Hemings]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-49 TC1:05:12]
[GRAPHIC=none]


There is new information on one of our founding fathers.
A report by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation says the former President probably fathered six children with his slave, Sally Hemings.
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[VO-NAT]


For years the Jefferson- Hemings relationship had been debated, but recent D-N-A tests scientifically linked the two families.
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville]


Those results coupled with other documentation has led scholars to the conclusion that Jefferson WAS involved with Hemings.
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[SOT 00:18:09]

((DAN JORDAN: WE'VE NEVER HAD THIS MUCH INFORMATION AT HAND. IT CLEARS THE DECKS OF SOME ISSUES THAT WE'VE BEEN GRAPPLING WITH AND IT OPENS SOME DOORS FOR US TO SEE JEFFERSON IN A NEW LIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Dan Jordan/Jefferson Memorial Foundation; ]
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[OUT Q=a new light.]
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[VO-NAT]


Jordan (JER-den) says despite the revelation, Jefferson's historical legacy remains intact.
He adds the findings should help further our understanding of Jefferson's life.
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[Jackpot-winner]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


She only played the slot machines for a short time and walked away a multi-millionaire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;]

[7:00:12]
A Las Vegas woman hit the jackpot last night to the tune of 34 point nine million dollars.
That's a world record for slot machine winnings.
After winning, the Desert Inn set her up in one of its top suites, complete with champagne and caviar.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 57 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, Mike Tyson inches closer to his highly publicized bout with Julius Francis ... Andre Agassi inches toward the Australian Open title,
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[VO-NAT ]

and U-V-A moves a mountain on its way to a win over the Florida State Seminoles.
Patrick has the details, next.
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[COMM BREAK #3]




[Tyson-Francis]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Boxing]


Mike Tyson and Julius Francis are edging closer to their much-publicized bout in Britain.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Manchester, England]


The two faced off at a news conference earlier today.
They'll face off in the ring on Saturday.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm an animal]

((I'M AN ANIMAL IN THE RING...A FEROCIOUS FIGHTER.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Tyson/Boxer]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=a ferocious fighter]
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[VO-NAT]


Tyson has gotten superstar treatment from the general public and the media since his arrival-- despite a controversy about allowing him into Britain because he served three years in prison on a rape conviction.
Reportedly, Tyson will make 8 to 11 million dollars for the scheduled 10-round bout with Francis who will make about 560-thousand.
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[Australian-Open]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Australian Open]


Number one meets number two in the Australian Open women's singles final.
Number two Lindsay Davenport knocked off Jennifer Capriati to set up the final with court nemesis Martina Hingis.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Melbourne, Australia;]


On the men's side, it took five sets, but Andre Agassi got past Pete Sampras this morning to advance to the final round.
The top seeded Agassi will play the winner of the match between defending champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov and 12-seed Magnus Norman.
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[S-UVa]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-60 2108TC]
[GRAPHIC=ACC]


Most of last night's A-C-C action was sidelined due to snow, but that didn't stop the red hot Virginia Cavaliers from taking on Florida State.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Seminoles vs. Cavaliers; :00]


University Hall was sold out for the showdown between the Cavs and the surging Seminoles.
The fans got a chance to see all 6 feet 10 inches and 385 pounds of Nigel Dixon.
But the mountain was a mole hill for the Cavs in this up and down run and shoot game.
Willie Dersch gets the rebound and leads the break with the great pass to Donald Hand who finishes it off with the layin.
Steve Robinson would watch his team handle the Cavs pressure and take the lead, until the final moments of the half when Hand buried this three pointer to make it 46-to-45 at the break.
It stayed that tight right down to the wire, but give freshman Majestic Mapp
[SUPER=33-Florida State/81/Virginia/86;]

credit for helping seal the deal by scoring five straight points.
UVa wins 86-to-81.
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[S-Generals]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-61]
[GRAPHIC=ODAC]


Hampden-Sydney made the trip to Lexington to meet Washington and Lee.
The Generals held the top ranked Tigers far under their point total but the W and L still came up short losing 56 to 49.
Roy Stanley has this report.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="First audio]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/Generals vs Tigers; :]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Lafave/W & L Head Coach; :24]
[SUPER=33-Hampden-Sydney/56/Washington & Lee/49/; :39]
[SUPER=01-Jeremy Harris/Scored 8 Points; :53]
[SUPER=01-Tony Shaver/Hampden-Sydney Head Coach; :59]
[SUPER=@Roy1; 1:12]
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[OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."]

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