[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


Lynchburg officials investigate a deadly house fire.
(----------------)
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And B-B-and-T plans to purchase a bank with dozens of branches in our area for a billion dollars in stock.
(/////////////)
[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Bank-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-47 TC1:56:17]
[GRAPHIC=Banking]


One Valley Bancorp plans to merge with financial giant B-B-and-T.
The deal will involve a one-point-two billion dollar stock swap.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


West Virginia based One Valley has 124 branches, dozens of them in Southside, Central and Western Virginia.
The One Valley chain is West Virginia's largest and was founded in 1867.
B-B-&-T says it will create three "community banking'' regions in West Virginia and one in central Virginia.
B-B-and-T already has some 650 branches in six Southeastern states.
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[Fatal-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-48 TC1:41:55]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire]


One man is dead and three people are homeless after an early morning fire in Lynchburg.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Fire crews were called to the 11- hundred block of Miller Street shortly after midnight.
The front of the house was engulfed in flames and one of the residents had escaped to the front porch.
But 59- year- old Ronald Lee Day caught fire and was badly burned before police could rescue him.
He later was pronounced dead at Lynchburg General Hospital.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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[Water-Supply]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-49 TC1:18:49]
[GRAPHIC=Water Supply]


Local officials say the drought of 1999 may ultimately prove to be a blessing for the Roanoke Valley.
Today, they outlined a regional committee that will examine the region's water needs for the next 50 years.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carvins Cove/August;]


The dramatic drop at Carvin's Cove, prompted a water sharing agreement between Roanoke City Roanoke County.
And there are now more than 20 major interconnections between water systems in the Roanoke Valley.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 18:05]
[IN Q=If we as leaders]

((IF WE AS LEADERS OF THE VALLEY NOW MOVE FORWARD TO INSURE THAT WE HAVE ADEQUATE WATER UNTIL 2050, THEN THE DROUGHT WILL HAVE SERVED A USEFUL PURPOSE FOR THE VALLEY.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Hill/Vinton Mayor]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=for the valley.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission is coordinating the activities of the new Regional Long-Range Water Supply Committee.
The group includes officials from each of the Roanoke Valley governments.

[clinton-budget]


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


President Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Hot Springs in a matter of moments.
He'll spend about three hours at The Homestead resort-- mostly with fellow Congressional Democrats.
The president will be attending a meeting of the House Democratic Issues Conference.
[SS=Budget]


Earlier, President Clinton's eighth and final budget was delivered to congress.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]

[10:25:42]
Mr. Clinton detailed his one- point-eight trillion dollar plan this morning.
It provides for more spending on health care and education, while still paying down the national debt by 20-13.
There is also 351 billion dollars in proposed tax cuts for low and middle income Americans.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[10:24:29-40]
[IN Q=We're on the way to an achievement...]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=Andrew Jackson was President in 1835.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Republican lawmakers say the budget plan has too much spending and not enough tax relief.
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[hillary-campaign]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Hillary Clinton]


Hillary Rodham Clinton greeted New Yorkers today in Buffalo, at the start of her first tour in her bid for the U-S Senate.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Purchase, NY;]

[3:04:54]
She formally announced her candidacy yesterday.
It comes after months of campaigning and a move to a Manhattan suburb to qualify -- and not without criticism from her most likely Republican opponent.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( MAYOR RUDOLPH GIULIANI/(R)-NYC; IT SEEMS LIKE THEIR IDEA OF A CAMPAIGN IS LIKE A REMAKE OF IMAGE -- TO EMPHASIZE IMAGE. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON/(D) CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE - NY: I AM A NEW DEMOCRAT. THAT MEANS I BELIEVE GOV'T IS NOT THE SOURCE OF ALL OUR PROBLEMS ... WE SHOULD LIVE UP TO OURS.))
[SUPER=01-Rudolph Giuliani/(R) NY Senate Candidate; :00]
[SUPER=01-Hillary Rodham Clinton/(D) NY Senate Candidate; :04]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=UP TO OURS.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Mrs. Clinton is also making history by becoming the first first lady ever to seek elected office.
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[hijacking]


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


Hijackers of an Afghan airliner commandeered yesterday morning are still on a runway near London.
Eight hostages have been released so far today but authorities believe around 157 remain on the plane.
Kimberly Dozier has an update.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[11:30-UPDATE WINDOW]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Stansted, England; :00]
[SUPER=03-Moscow, Russia; :15]
[SUPER=01-Charles Broughton/Essex Police; :41]
[SUPER=01-Kimberly Dozier/Reporting; :52]
[RUNS=1:03]
[OUT Q= KD, CBS NEWS, STANSTED AIRPORT]

((IT WAS THE KIND OF ROUTINE FLIGHT YOU'D TAKE TO GET TO GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE. IT TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE ODYSSEY, AND THE MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN ON BOARD TURNED POLITICAL PAWNS, AS THE BOEING 727 HOPSCOTCHED ACROSS CENTRAL ASIA.
(LOCATOR: MOSCOW)

IN MOSCOW 22 PEOPLE WERE RELEASED IN EXCHANGE FOR FOOD AND FUEL. THERE ARE REPORTS THE HIJACKERS WANT THE FREEDOM OF A JAIL AFGHAN WARLORD-- A NOTION NIXED BY THE RULING TALIBAN. SO THE HIJACKERS BROUGHT THE PLANE HERE, TO STANSTED AIRPORT, WHERE AUTHORITIES HAVE A 3 AND 0 TRACK RECORD FOR RESOLVING THESE CRISES PEACEFULLY. AND COME MID MORNING, FOOD AND WATER HAD BEEN FERRIED TO THE PLANE.
(SOT, CHARLES BROUGHTON, ESSEX POLICE)

NO WORD ON THE IDENTITY OF THESE PEOPLE INCLUDING THIS MAN SEEN DRIVING FROM THE PLANE. AUTHORITIES WOULD NOT DISCUSS THE HIJACKERS' IDENTITY OR DEMANDS. THEY SIMPLY INSIST THAT ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, THIS PLANE HAS REACHED THE END OF THE LINE. KD, CBS NEWS, STANSTED.))
[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


They're celebrating the year of the dragon in China and here in Roanoke.
Find out how when News 7 at Noon returns.
(--------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And he lost both hands four years ago and recieved new ones last month, just ahead a progress reports on a double forearm transplant patient.
But first, let's talk to Patrick Evans.
(---------------)
[Talent=Patrick]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro] [music up full] [comm1]

[transplant-update]


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


He made history 25 days ago when he underwent a ground-breaking double hand transplant in France.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lyons, France]


Now the 33- year old French man says he feel sensations below the spot where doctors attached his new forearms.
They were blown off in a fireworks accident four years ago.
Doctors say he can now wiggle his fingers slightly and his hair and nails are beginning to grow back normally.
His surgeon says the operation marks a new era in plastic surgery.
(------------)



[drug-merger]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


It's a big merger announcement in the drug world.
Pfizer is buying Warner-Lambert in a stock-swap transaction valued at 90 billion dollars.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


The transaction will create the second largest pharmaceutical company in the the world-- responsible for such drugs as Viagra and the cholesterol fighter Lipitor.
It will also produce such consumer products as Halls cough drops, Listerine and Ben Gay.
(------------)



[S-Lewis-Gale]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-59 22:13]
[GRAPHIC=Lewis Gale]


One of the doctors who resigned from Lewis Gale Clinic has found a way to continue practicing in the Roanoke Valley.
Doctor Rodney Poffenberger resigned in November -- and after giving a 90 day notice went into private practice Friday.
As Joy Sutton reports -- Poffenberger is the first of the departing doctors, to do this.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=after resigning]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=07-Dr. Rodney Poffenberger; :18]
[SUPER=@Joy2; 1:17]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=js news 7 Salem]

(( After resigning as a urologist with Lewis Gale Clinic --Doctor Rodney Poffenberger - says he was determined to stay in area -- even though his contract with Phycor -- the management firm that has been running the clinic -- stipulated that he could not practice in the surrounding area for 18 months.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:20:41]
[IN Q=Through some negotations]

((THROUGH SOME NEGOTIATIONS WITH LEWIS GALE CLINIC AND PHYCOR AND WITH THE HELP OF MY ATTORNEY. WE'VE DETERMINED I WAS ABLE SET UP PRACTICE HERE IN THE ROANOKE AREA))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=the Roanoke area]


Poffenberger says he had to pay an undisclosed amount of money to be able to do that.
But he says it was well worth it to give his patients the option to continue with his care -- and now he can offer better service.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:23:26]
[IN Q=I've come to the realization]

((I'VE COME TO THE REALIZATION EVEN MORE SO THAN BEFORE THAT THE PATIENTS REALLY DO VALUE THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR DOCTOR))
[RUNS= 7]
[OUT Q=their doctor]


But Poffenberger says he has been prohibited from contacting any of his Lewis Gale clinic patients, that's why he placed an ad in the paper to let them know he is now in private practice at Jefferson Surgical Clinic.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:19:06]
[IN Q=I know the same]

((I KNOW THE SAME THING IS HAPPENING TO OTHER DOCTORS WHO HAVE RESIGNED. I KNOW IT'S LIKE TEARING THEIR HEART APART THAT THEY CAN'T LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM BECAUSE OF SOME CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION))
[RUNS= 11]
[OUT Q=contractual obligations]

And Poffenberger says for the sake of the Roanoke Valley -- every thing possible needs to be done to keep the doctors in the area.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:22:39]
[IN Q=I hope the majority]

((I HOPE THE MAJORITY OF DOCTORS CAN STAY. IT JUST DEPENDS ON THEIR NEGOTIATIONS AND I KNOW THAT THEY WANT TO STAY AND THEY'RE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE WITHIN THEIR POWER TO STAY))
[RUNS= 11]
[OUT Q=to stay]


Joy Sutton, News 7, Salem.))

[S-Halifax-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-51 1:04:50]
[GRAPHIC=Murder]


Authorities have identified the victim of yesterday's murder in Halifax County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]


When Sheriff's deputies arrived at this house on Chapel Trail around three yestetrday morning they found 21- year old William Joseph (Fan-kur) Fancher of North Carolina dead from a gunshot wound.
Authorities later arrested 29 year old Joseph Eric Leonard of Wilmington, North Carolina for allegedly driving under the influence.
Investigators believe Leonard is also responsible for the murder.
He's been charged with first degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony.
Officials say an argument lead to the shooting.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 7:08:49]
[IN Q=There had]

((MAJOR RICHARD PULLIAM/SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THERE HAD BEEN ALTERCATION A FIGHT AND SHOTS HAD BEEN FIRED WE SEIZED APPROXIMATELY 6 TO 8 WEAPONS, SMALL QUANTITY OF MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. Richard Pulliam/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=and alcohol.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The man living in the home, 27 year old Corey Gunliskson, has been charged with malicous wounding.
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[E-Chinese-Dancers]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-53 59:47]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A group of dancers traveled halfway around the world to take part in an annual Chinese New Year celebration held yesterday in Roanoke.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


They're the acclaimed Chinese Minority Dancers from the Yunnan (you-nan) province-- which is where Roanoke's sister city is located.
This new year celebration welcomes in the year of the dragon.
The belief is that all babies born in this year will be successful at what ever career they choose.
The celebration was also a benefit for Roanoke's sister city in China.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on News 7 at noon, Patrick will be here with the work-week forecast.
(-----------------)
[VO-NAT ]


And we'll tell if Scream 3 scared the competition at the box-office.
(-----------------)

[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[Feedback]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=feedback]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A snow-related story brought a flurry of viewer mail this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=animation.]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=animation]


(( Snowstorms two weekends in a row prompted hundreds of churches to cancel services. A story pointing out that they'd also missed two weeks of donations brought this from a viewer in the New River Valley [Angela Riner, Christiansburg]:
"I was very offended at the report you did on churches and their financial need. My father is the minister of a small church in Christiansburg. Now, granted we were not closed but our numbers were way down as was our offering. Big deal. No one is worried. It hasn't even been mentioned. Our congregation is very generous. They give from their hearts not from any sense of impending doom. I thought the comments of the minister interviewed were highly distressing. Does he not depend on God or his church members to fill the need?"
And a viewer from Martinsville [W. Randolph, Martinsville] wrote:
"Due to an Act of God, Snow, we have had an Act of Less, Money, which now requires an Act of Faith, Recovery...Don't discredit your members and guest by saying "we lost collections due to snow cancellations." We cannot lose something that we never had in our possession. Members know their financial responsibility to the church and to their God. If they do not, don't look to recovering lost revenue...look to uncovering lost faith."
Our address at News-7 is PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
The fax number is 343-7269.
Our e-mail is news@wdbj7.com.
And you'll find a moderated on-line forum on our web site, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))

[Weekend-movies]


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


There was a lot of screaming this weekend in the nation's theaters.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]

[3:39:15-25]
[IN Q=Come on baby, open the door...]
[SUPER=04-"Scream 3"-Mirmax Pictures;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q= no...(scream).]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


"Scream 3'' had a killer debut.
The horror- comedy took in more than 35 million dollars to capture the top spot. [start at 3:38:33]
In fact, it grossed more than the top ten combined.
It was also the biggest February opening ever and the best for a horror film.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN GRAPHIC]
The prison drama ``The Hurricane'' was second with nearly five million, followed by ``Stuart Little,'' ``Next Friday,'' and "Eye of the Beholder.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 65 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, the stars came out to cap off the N-F-L season at this year's Pro Bowl,
(----------------)
[VO-NAT ]

and more than a hundred potential stars tried out to bring some steam to Roanoke's new arena football team.
Patrick has the details, next.
(---------------)

[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]



[S-Steam]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-47 tc 1:55:52]
[GRAPHIC=arean football]


Roanoke's arena football team is moving full steam ahead.
More than 100 players tried out for the 13 remaining spots on the Steam's roster.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Elton Tolliver is one of 13 players the Steam has already signed.
The former Lord Botetourt and U-V-A star has played in the semi-pro leagues as well as the arena football league.
But it's been six years since he's put on the pads and played in a game.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=it's just]
[SUPER=01-Elton Tolliver/Former UVA Player;]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=still there]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The Steam will take 21 players on road trips. 18 of them will dress out.
Players get 200 dollars a game.
During yesterday's tryouts coaches were, of course, looking for agility, speed, skill, and talent.
But they were also searching for the intangibles as well.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=we want]
[SUPER=01-Pete Shaw/Roanoke Steam Head Coach;]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=onto the playing field]
(---------------------)
[anchor=Patrick]
[ss=hold]


Coaches hope to have all the players signed and ready to play by the first of March.
Practice begins March 17th.

[S-Bowl]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-60 (27:24)]
[GRAPHIC=NFL logo]


Dozens of the N-F-L's best and brightest said aloha to the season at yesterday's Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI/ABC Sports; :]


And the stars came out to play for the bowl game.
Tampa Bay's Mike Alstott had a super day running the ball.
He scored three times to lead the N-F-C over the A-F-C 51 to 31.
[SUPER=30-NFC/51/AFC/31/;]
Minnesota's Randy Moss set a record for yards and receptions and scored a T-D. He was named Pro Bowl M-V-P.
(------------)




[S-UNC]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-46 (1:57:20)]
[GRAPHIC=ACC Logo]


Ed Cota's 17 points led North Carolina to it's fourteenth win of the season with a 73 to 60 win over Clemson.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/RAYCOM; :]


The Tar Heels controlled the game in the first half.
Brendan Haywood gets it inside for the slam and Carolina led the game 26 to 17.
Clemson trailed at the half, but watch this play.
Dustin Braddock tips it out, then goes behind the back to Edward Scott for the score.
[SUPER=33-North Carolina/73/Clemson/60/;]


The Tigers cut the lead to 4 in the second half, but Carolina wins the game 73 to 60.
(------------)


[WIPE WIPE WIPE]



[S-Terps]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-56 (1:13:37)]
[GRAPHIC=WIPE]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-College Park, MD/RAYCOM; :]


In College Park yesterday, number 25 Maryland came from behind to beat N.C. State.
The Terps were lead by Lonny Baxter. On this play Baxter takes it inside and scores drawing the foul.
[SUPER=33-Maryland#25/78/N. C. State/73/;]


Baxter would score a career high 31 points here with the steal and jam and the Terps rally to beat the Wolfpack 78 to 73.
(------------)



[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=A-10 Logo]


Virginia Tech's Lady Hokies snapped a three game losing streak yesterday beating Fordham 75 to 52.
Tech had 4 players in double figures led by Tere Williams who scored 18.
Nicole Jones contributed 14 to the winning effort and Sara Hicks added 11.
Tech improves to 13 and 8 overall and 6 and 3 in the A-10.

[Virginia-Women]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=UVA]


The Virginia women's basketball team hopes to continue rolling through the A-C-C.
Tonight, the 24th ranked Cavaliers face North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
The Cavs hope to improve on their nine and one conference record. Virginia is 17 and five overall.