[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


The Grand jury is back with its findings in the Vinton Police Department probe.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And killer tornadoes touch down in Georgia.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[Vinton-Police]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=netF]
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The special grand jury has finished its investigation of former Vinton Police Lieutenant Bill Brown.
The special prosecuter in charge of the investigations says the grand jury's report has been submitted to the court and it will be up to a judge to decide if that report will be released.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton/File Tape]


The panel has spent the last three months looking into allegations made against the 22-year police department veteran.
Lt. Brown was number two in command of an 18-member department- -second to Chief Ricky Foutz.
Both men resigned under pressure last Fall, shortly after the probe began.
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[storms]


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


The search for victims is underway in Georgia where deadly tornadoes ripped through portions of the state this morning.
At least 13 are reported dead and more than 100 hurt.
Jennifer Gladstone reports from the town hardest hit, Camilla.
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((Broken homes and broken hearts are what remain after Valentines Weekend in Alabama and Southwest Georgia.
(LOCATOR: MONTGOMERY COUNTY, AL)
NAT/SOT FROM HOME VIDEO

here it comes NARR:
More than a dozen people are dead, and some 100 injured in the wake of a string of killer tornados that spun their way through the Southeast overnight.
SOT/WOMAN

I was looking out the window and saw a whole bunch of stuff just flying. The wind picked up and all of a sudden, just like a loud c rash and you could hear the glass breaking outside and we all hit the floor.
(LOCATOR: GRADY COUNTY, GA)


Hardest hit the town of Camilla Georgia where the majority of the dead are being recovered.
The storm tore a path some 5 miles wide straight through the heart of rural neighborhood destroying as many as 60 homes in the blink of an eye.
This storm was not a freight train, as on resident said. This, was more like a bulldozer.
SOT/DONALD PALMER, RESIDENT

We just all went to prayin is what we did and he was right there with us, the whole time. NARR/GPX:
The twisters grew out of a line of thunderstorms that swept across the south and onto the east coast -- knocking out power and downing trees.
By daylight the damage was bringing in estimates up in the millions and worries of how to rebuild.
SOT/JAMES DANIEL PALMER, RESIDENT

A lot of memories there thank God t hat were still here. NARR:
Georgias governor has already declared at least four counties disaster areas and more may be added to the list.


In the meantime, the search for the missing is beginning in earnest in hopes THAT list wont get any longer either. Jennifer Gladstone for CBS News, Camilla, Georgia.))


[WX-One]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
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We're expecting some windy weather here today-- though nothing like folks in Alabama and Georgia went through.
Let's talk to Patrick Evans. [Patrick in WXCenter]
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[trump]


[ANCHOR=mel]
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[WRITER=mel]
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Real estate tycoon Donald Trump is giving up his bid for the White House.
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[VO-NAT]
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He announced today he will not be running for president.
Trump is downplaying polls that show him with very little support and instead blames a disorganized reform party.
Trumps decision leaves Pat Buchanan as the front runner for the Reform Party nomination.
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[E-Bush]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=net]
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And while Trump is dropping out, George W- Bush and Al Gore are leading here in the Southeast.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File]


A new poll shows Bush leading John McCain-- 39 percent to 25 percent.
Gore received the support of 40 percent of those polled while Bill Bradley had 29 percent.
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[airplane-inspections]


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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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Today is the last day for airlines to check planes for problems that may have doomed Alaska Airlines Flight 2-61.


Nearly eleven-hundred planes were ordered inspected for possible tail problems.
Eight Alaska Airlines planes remain grounded.
Maureen Maher reports from Ronald Reagan National Airport.
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[Burning-Ban]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
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A statewide burning ban goes into effect tomorrow.
Fires within 300 feet of woodlands or dry fields will be prohibited before four in the afternoon.
The ban will remain in effect until April 30-th.
[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on News 7 at Noon, friends and family remember Tara Rose Munsey-- while authorities search for her killer.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the case that inspired the movie and t-v series The Fugitive is back in court today.
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[cyanide-spill]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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Serbia says it will demand compensation at an international court for a cyanide spill that has contaminated a major river.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Novi Becej/Serbia;]

[10:17:16]
Serbia's environmental minister calls the poisoning of the Tisa (TIH'-suh) river a ``total catastrophe'' and says not even the bacteria survived.
The cyanide spill originated in a Romanian border town where a dam at a gold mine overflowed into streams that feed the Tisa (TIH'-suh).
A cyanide solution is used to separate gold ore from surrounding rock.
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[Sheppard-case]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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A son's effort to vindicate his father began this morning in a Cleveland courtroom.
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[VO-NAT]
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[10:12:29]
The son of Doctor Sam Sheppard is suing the state of Ohio for wrongfully imprisoning his father.
The case of Sam Sheppard and the murder of his wife inspired the T-V show and the movie "the Fugitive."
Shepherd was convicted of the murder in 19-54 but acquitted in a second trial more than a decade later.
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((SAM SHEPPARD:SAM SHEPPARD: "AFTER 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SOMETHING I DIDN'T DO, IT WAS ABOUT TIME." SAM REESE SHEPPARD/SHEPPARD'S SON: "MY DAD WAS DESTROYED BY THE STATE OF OHIO, LET'S PUT THAT ON THE TABLE HE WAS VILIFIED TO DEATH."))
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[VO-NAT]


After two criminal trials, it will now be up to a civil jury to decide whether Sheppard killed his wife.
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[E-Munsey-Memorial]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-01 31:54]
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Hundreds of people turned out for a memorial service for Tara Rose Munsey.
In a 45-minute service yesterday, the 17-year-old was remembered by two classmates and a teacher at Radford High School.
Joy Sutton was there.
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[Arson-Arrest]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=none]
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Authorities say a Botetourt County man set fire to his family's home Saturday morning.
46 year old Charles Douglas Russell later turned himself over to sheriff's authorities and was charged with arson.


Russell's wife recently sought a protective order against her husband.
She and her two children were staying with relatives at the time of the fire.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on News 7 at Noon, Patrick Evans will be here with the windy work-week forecast.
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[VO-NAT ]


And we'll celebrate Valentine's Day in style.
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[Feedback]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
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Home healthcare, and the president's trip to the Homestead sparked response from viewers this week.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has this week's Feedback.
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(( A profile of the home care services provided 6-year-old Anthony Lawson of Patrick County on News-7 at 5 brought praise from a viewer in West Virginia. [Tammy Hale]
It is a refreshing look at the everyday life of someone who requires specialized care and can still stay at home...There are people out there who look at a special needs child and think how can you work with them? If they just took the time to get to know the child they would learn a lot. I know I have...Keep up the good work and thanks for showing us something positive and refreshing for once.
The day President Clinton visited the Homestead for a private speech to congressional Democrats, we had some pictures in the middle of News-7 at 6. A Bath County viewer wanted more coverage, at the top of the newscast. [Bobby Spurgeon]
[Second Letter]
I know that Bath County might not be the hot bed of news day in and day out, but you would think that when the most powerful man in the world today comes to visit you would do a better job at covering the event.
Here's how to drop us a line.
News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
The fax number to the newsroom is 343-7269.
Our e-mail address is news@wdbj7.com.
And on our website, wdbj7.com, you'll find a moderated on-line forum.
Joe McKean, News-7. [Animation Close]))

[Valentines-Day]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-06 TC00:54]
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Flowers and candy may be the traditional way to say "I Love You" on this day
But some lucky valentines are receiving a sweet surprise in four- part harmony.
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((LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART, I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU.))
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[OUT Q=I'm in love with you.]
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[VO-NAT]


Members of the Virginia Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus are delivering valentines in the Roanoke Valley.
Last year, several quartets serenaded more than 150 people, and they hope to top that number by the end of the day.
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((I'M TOTALLY SHOCKED. WE'VE BEEN MARRIED 29 YEARS AND HE'S SENT ME FLOWERS ONCE. SO I GUESS HE'S MAKING UP FOR IT.))
[SUPER=07-Judy Monroe]
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[OUT Q=making up for it... LAUGHTER.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Society expects to raise about five thousand dollars which will be split with a local speech and hearing clinic.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 112 points. [tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame inducts its class of 2000,
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[VO-NAT ]

and the stars were out in Oakland last night for the 49th annual N-B-A All Star Game.
Patrick has the high flying highlights, next.
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[Thomas-Funeral]


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


The Kansas City community is saying a final goodbye to former Chiefs star Derrick Thomas.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO;]


A public viewing is underway at Arrowhead Stadium.
The former linebacker died last Tuesday of a heart attack in a Miami hospital.
The 33 year old was being treated for spinal injuries he received in a January 23rd car accident.
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[NBA-AllStars]


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


The N-B-A capped off an exciting weekend last night, with the theatrical flying All Star Game.
The West All Stars snapped a three year losing streak, beating the East All Stars 137-to-126.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Oakland, CA/NBA - NBC Sports;]


But the East team looked good early.
Grant Hill dishes to Vince Carter, who goes behind the back to Allen Iverson.
He gets the reverse lay in to fall and the gets foul.
But the West team dominated. Jason Kidd sends the alley oop to Shaquille O'Neal who slams it home.
It's 31 to 24, West.
The West continued the circus theatrics in the second half.
Jason Kidd tosses it up to Kobe Bryant who goes air borne for the jam.
[SUPER=32-East All Stars/126/West All Stars/137//;]


The west wins 137-to-126 with San Antonio's Tim Duncan and L-A's Shaquille O'Neal as co-M-V-P's.
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[S-Fame]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-45 tc 1:50:32]
[GRAPHIC=Hall of fame]


The Ninth class of inductees were welcomed into the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]


Roanoke County native and Virginia Tech star George Canale is a member of the class of 2000. Milwaukee drafted Canale out of Tech in 1986.
He was called up twice to the majors and also played overseas.
Canale is joined by Salem native Paul Johnston. Johnston was the last pitcher to win 20 games in historic Salem Municipal Field. He also played with the Boston Braves and Pittsburgh Athletics.
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[VO-NAT]


Jim Lemon and Randy Tomlin round out the class of 2000.
Lemon, a Covington native, played with the Washington Senators and coached the Minnesota Twins.


After Tomlin graduated from Liberty, he pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Major leaguer Tommy John helped usher in this class. John says events such as this are good for the game.
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The City of Salem also announced it will donate 125-thousand dollars to the building fund of the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame

[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-47 (2:00:35)]
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Virginia Tech reigned supreme at the Cassell last night beating Massachusetts 66 to 45.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Tech vs. U-Mass; :]


After the smoke cleared, The Lady Hokies jumped all over the U-Mass Minute-Women.
Tech's Sarah Hicks throws the cross court pass to Amy Wetzel who spots up and hits three of her 12 points in the game.
Then Wetzel dishes down low to Kim Seaver and she gets the easy basket as the Hokies went up by 2.
The Minute-Women's Cathy Coyner misses the shot but Caroline Nehls is there for the rebound and put back.
[SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/66/U-Mass/45/;]


Crystal Starling put the Hokies up by 10 with this lay in and the Hokies go on to win it 66 to 45.
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[S-High]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Big South]


Radford's Lady Highlanders came up short on the road yesterday losing to Winthrop 77 to 50.
The loss drops Radford out of a share of first place with Liberty. Catrice Horton led Radford with 16.