[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


On the eve of the Virginia Republican primary John McCain takes on the Christian right, including Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Meantime, George Allen and Attorney General Mark Earley travel Roanoke to stump for George W. Bush.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[McCain]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#99-56 TC1:06:50]
[GRAPHIC=john McCain]


Tomorrow Virginians pick their Republican Presidential candidate.
Today, Senator john McCain is in Virginia Beach, delivering a stinging attack on its most infamous resident-- Televangelist Pat Robertson.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Ellen/Starlink]


Ellen Qualls is there.
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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Ellen/Starlink]



[Bush]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=00-02 TC55:04]
[GRAPHIC=Bush]


Closer to home, George Allen took time away from his own U-S Senate campaign to rally support for George W- Bush.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke;]


Allen, along with Attorney General Mark Earley made a stop at the Roanoke Regional Airport this morning.
Allen says Bush's appearance at Bob Jones University in South Carolina was a political (foe-pah) faux pas that's gotten too much media attention.
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[IN Q=It, to me]

((GEORGE ALLEN/R- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: IT, TO ME, HAS BEEN A DISTRACTION. IT'S NOT G.W. BUSH. IT'S NOT HIS CHARACTER, IT'S NOT HIS PHILOSOPHY AND EVERYONE JUST KEEPS HARPING AND HARPING ON IT AS OPPOSED TO WHAT ARE HIS IDEAS, ON IMPROVING EDUCATION, CUTTING TAXES FOR ALL TAXPAYERS, HIS IDEAS FOR MAKING AMERICA SAFER PLACE.))
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[VO-NAT]


Meanwhile, Allen says he's pleased that Virginia has an open primary and isn't concerned that John McCain will benefit from that, as he did in Michigan.
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[E-Keyes-Campaign]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-60 1:10:44]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


While Bush and McCain have captured most of the media's attention, supporters of Alan Keyes say voters should NOT forget there is a third man vying for their vote tomorrow.
Joy Sutton has more.
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(( Hank Ingram says Alan Keyes is the only Presidential candidate who represents his ideals -- and that's why he has chosen to go against the tide -- and support a man he believes is best for this country.
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[SOT 15:28:10]
[IN Q=It's an opportunity for people]

((HANK INGRAM/KEYES VOLUNTEER: IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO SAY. I DON'T LIKE WHAT'S GOING ON IN WASHINGTON OR I DON'T LIKE WHAT'S GOING ON IN GOVERNMENT. SO I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR SOMEBODY WHO WILL GO IN AND NOT BE A GOVERNMENT PERSON))
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Ingram started the Virginia for Keyes web site -- which features Keyes holding Ingram's daughter when he came to Blacksburg.
Ingram says he and other volunteers are working hard to get Keyes' message out to Virginia voters.
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((HANK INGRAM: WE'VE BEEN HANDING OUT BROCHURES, WRITING LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, NETWORKING A LOT ON THE INTERNET. I HAVE 175 PEOPLE THAT ARE ON A VIRGINIA FOR KEYES MAILING LIST))
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Ingram feels that Keyes is not getting the national media attention he needs to reach out to voters in Virginia.
And in fact, Ingram says the media has basically chosen to disregard Keyes -- focusing only on the other two Republican candidates.
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[IN Q=I think he has been ignored]

((HANK INGRAM: I THINK HE HAS BEEN IGNORED BY THE MEDIA AND I THINK THE REASON IS HE DOESN'T FIT THE MOLD THEY'VE ESTABLISHED FOR A CANDIDATE.))
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Keyes is running on an ultra-conservation platform.
He is pro life, and wants to be abolish the income tax and replace it with a national sales tax.
Keyes also thinks the government should withdraw from the World Trade Organization.))

[Democrats]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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The key Democratic candidates are also busy on the campaign trail.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Denver, CO;]

[4:00:46]
Al Gore is in Denver today after campaigning yesterday in Washington state.
Gore is scheduled to appear in at least two rallies.
Meantime, Bill Bradley is making the rounds in Washington state today.
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[Bridge-Repairs]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 81]


There could be some delays on Interstate 81 in Botetourt County over the next two days.
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[TAKE MAP FULL]
One northbound lane of the interstate will be closed near exit 156 for bridge repairs.
The lane will be closed until three this afternoon and from 9-30 to three tomorrow.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The nation's governor meet with President Clinton today.
More on that when News 7 at Noon returns.
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[VO-NAT ]


And in a scene straight out of a Godfather movie, a Mexican police chief is gunned down in a storm of bullets.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[tijuana-chief]


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


A massive search is underway in Tijuana, Mexico.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tijuana, Mexico;]

[3:14:49]
Authorities are looking for whoever killed the city's powerful police chief.
Assailants sprayed more than one hundred bullets into his car as he drove along a busy highway.
There are reports as many four men may have been involved in the attack.
The city, just across the border from San Diego, has been plagued by drug related violence.
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[diallo-verdict]


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


More protests are planned this week in wake of the Amadou Diallo verdict.
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[VO-NAT]

[3:01:28]
On Friday, four white New York city police officers were acquitted in the shooting death of the unarmed West African immigrant.
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Yesterday hundreds gathered outside the United Nations denouncing the jury's decision and what they call the police force's racist policy.
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(( CARLA BERKLEY/PROTESTER SHOTS AT AN UNARMED INDIVIDUAL HAS TO BE PROTESTED SO THAT POLICE WHO ARE BRUTAL DON'T THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH THIS AGAIN.))
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[VO-NAT]


New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says the verdict should be respected and called the protests politically motivated.
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[Freeman]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


More sex-related charges pile up against a Danville man.
25-year-old Roger Donovan Freeman was initially charged with 9 different counts related to pornography.
On Friday, Danville authorities leveled three more charges including statutory rape of a 14 year old and two counts of sodomy.
Freeman is also accused of having a porn production studio and participating in a video with a minor.
He's being held at the Danville city jail.

[S-McCoy-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-57 1;03:31]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A 19-year old Virginia Tech student who some 25 feet Saturday while rock climbing at McCoy Falls is now out of the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Saturday]


Rescue squad volunteers had to use ropes to bring Kate (krawl) Kroll down the hillside.
She was transported to Montgomery Regional Hospital where she was treated and released.
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[Blacksburg-Fight]


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


A weekend fight at a Blacksburg home has left a man in critical condition.
Police say 29 year old Thomas Hyman suffered multiple injuries to his face, neck and head.
He is now on life support.
The fight happened at a house on East Roanoke street in Blacksburg.
Police say the fight apparently broke out in the doorway when Hyman entered the home.
Police have not said what led to the fight or if charges will be filed.




[Bryant-Controversy]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
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Lynchburg Senator Preston Bryant is getting praise and criticism for his work on wetlands.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


While his bill would protect the Commonwealth's non-tidal wetlands, he's also a principal in an environmental engineering firm that advises developers and landowners on wetlands regulations.
Bryant says, if anything, his bill would make it harder for developers... his main clients... to make money.
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((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R-LYNCHBURG: WE ARE IN THAT LINE OF BUSINESS BUT SO ARE HUNDREDS OF OTHER FIRMS IN VIRGINIA. AND IF ANYTHING, THIS IS MUCH MORE RESTRICTIVE. IT MAKES OUR JOBS TOUGHER.))
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[VO-NAT]


But fellow Republican and fellow environmental engineering firm professional Marty Williams eventually decided to abstain from voting on the wetlands bill.
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((SEN. MARTY WILLIAMS/R-NEWPORT NEWS: IF THERE'S ANYTHING ADDITIONAL TO THE REGULATORY PROCESS, WHETHER IT BE A CHANGE IN THE FEDERAL REGS OR ANY OF THAT, THERE'S GONNA CREATE MORE AND MORE WORK FOR A FIRM LIKE MINE ANYWAY. I WOULD ASSUME IF HE DOES WETLANDS WORK IT WOULD DO THE SAME FOR HIS.))
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[VO-NAT]


It is NOT a legal conflict in General Assembly terms-- where Bryant's actual firm would need to be named in the legislation.
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[governor's-conference]


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


The nation's governors are in Washington this week to meet with President Clinton.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


At a gathering this morning at the White House the President urged governors to help get aid to poor families hit by sky-high home heating bills.
The money is channeled through the states.
And President Clinton wants governors to adjust eligibility requirements so the aid gets to as many families as possible.
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[VO-NAT]


President Clinton has released all 300 million dollars in the federal fund.
And he's asking Congress for another 600 million to replenish it.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


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


And take an around the world wine-trip courtesy of Festival in the Park.
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[S-Plastic-Surgery]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-54 1:31:29]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The desire for younger looking skin drew a crowd at the Patrick Henry Hotel.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday, technicians demonstrated how a 15 minute exfoliating micropeel can diminish lines and soften skin.
Doctors also talked about different types of facial surgery and why it's important to have realistic expectations.


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((DR. ENRIQUE SILBERBLATT/PLASTIC SURGEON: WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE THEM AWARE OF WHAT CAN BE DONE, WHAT SOME OF THE RISKS AND PITFALLS ARE AND TECHNIQUES.))
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[VO-NAT]


Plastic surgeons say the best thing for your skin is to always wear sunscreen, because u-v rays are the number one cause of wrinkles.
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[S-Wine-Festival]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=99-58 TC58:33]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Folks in Roanoke got to sample some of the best wines around at the International Wine Tasting Tour.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


They also received a lesson in culture, yesterday afternoon.
21 wines from 18 different countries were available for sampling ... and organizers say the event also taught people what foods mix well with wines when it comes to international taste.
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((WENDI SCHULTZ: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE FESTIVAL IN THE PARK: WE ARE FOLLOWING NOT BY COUNTRY THIS YEAR, BUT FROM "SOUP TO NUTS", SO THAT FOLKS CAN LEARN ALL OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WINE THAT YOU DRINK WITH ALL OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FOOD... ALTHOUGH ALL OF THE WINE IS INTERNATIONAL, NONE FROM VIRGINIA.))
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[VO-NAT]


All of yesterday's proceeds go to benefit Roanoke's Festival in the Park Arts Scholarship program.
To date, 55-thousand-dollars have been given to students studying the arts.
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[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 113 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, Roanoke College gets ready for the basketball post season, Vince Carter dazzles in his national television debut,
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[VO-NAT ]

and (Dew-kane) Duquesne downs the visiting Virginia Tech, handing the Hokies one of their worst losses of the season.

Patrick returns with the highlights.
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[S-Roanoke]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-53 (1:37:09)]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke College]


It's tournament time for the N-C-double-A division three and the Roanoke College Men's and Women's teams will host first round games in the tourney.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :]


Page Moir's team received an automatic bid for winning the O-DAC tournament title.
Thursday night, Roanoke will play Marymount-Virginia, coached by Chuck (Drizz-ell) Driesell, son of Lefty Driesell.

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The Lady Maroons also received an automatic bid and will host Shenandoah University from Winchester Wednesday night.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[GRAPHIC=ODAC]


Top Ranked Hampden-Sydney received a first round bye and will play the winner of the Maryville, Tennessee and Savanah A-and-D in the second round.

[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-49 (1:43:44)]
[GRAPHIC=Atlantic 10]


Despite Rolan Roberts 15 point effort, Duquesne dominated Virginia Tech 70 to 50.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/ESPN2; ]


Rick Stokes and his Hokies fell behind in the first half.
Kevin Forney gets out on the break and scores the easy layup to make it 9 to 8 Dukes.
Then Wayne Smith pulls up and hits the three pointer and the Dukes took the 14 to 8 lead.
Rolan Roberts starts a Hokie comeback making the steal and going in for the layup and drawing the foul. Tech trailed by 6.
Dennis Mims finished the first half hitting two jumpers but the Hokies trailed by 10 at the half.
The Dukes opened the second half with a 7 to nothing run to lead by 17.
[SUPER=33-Duquense/70/Virginia Tech/50/;]


Roberts continued to carry the Hokies in the second half with the basket and foul but Duquesne goes on to win it 70 to 50.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


In women's action, Nicole Jones' 20 points led the Lady Hokies to a victory over Daytona 68 to 63.

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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-62 (2:57)]
[GRAPHIC=The Rock]


Bobby Labonte took the lead late in the race and he would cover the field winning the Dura Lube K-Mart 400 at Rockingham.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNN Sports; :]


Jeff Gordon leaves the pits after getting new tires. He was one lap down at this point in the race.
But the strong car belonged to South Boston native Ward Burton. He was led the race through traffic on lap 77. Bobby Hamilton ran second.
Then Jerry Nadeau gets tapped in a group of cars and slides on the track bringing out the caution.
The winner of the Busch race Mark Martin led after 163 laps.
But Steve Park led for the first time at The Rock as he took the point at the halfway mark.
Dale Earnhardt made a move and he takes the lead on lap 262 and he led for a couple of laps.
Then Labonte passed Earnhardt for the lead on lap 242 and he lapped several cars on his way to winning for the first time in Rockingham.
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


Dale Earnhardt finished second, Ward Burton third, Tony Stewart fourth and Daytona winner Dale Jarrett came in fifth.

[S-NBA]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-51 (2:00:18)]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


The Toronto Raptors brought their high energy game to the national spotlight.
Vince Carter did not disappoint, dropping in a game high 51 points as the Raptors edged the Phoenix Suns 103 to 102 yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/NBC Sports; :]


The amazing one led his team in the Air Canada Center for the showdown with the Suns.
Toronto throws up this shot and misses but Tracy McGrady was there for the tap in and the Raptors led 36 to 33.
Carter went on a tear in the second quarter scoring six straight points as Toronto held on to a one point lead.
[SUPER=32-Toronto/103/Phoenix/102/;]


The Suns made a run late. Penny Hardaway gets out after the steal but the Raptors hold on for the 103 to 102 win.

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