[EchoStar]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=00-09 1:13:15]
[GRAPHIC=EchoStar Job Fair]


In February, it was an audition for the New river valley workforce. Today its for real. EchoStar Communications, a leading satellite dish company is meeting the workforce today. This time to hire the first of 14-hundred employees.
[Double Boxes=Melanie ANCHOR/Marya Microwave]


Marya Jones is inside the Montgomery County Enterprise Center in Christiansburg where the job fair is underway.


[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Marya1]
[SUPER=05-Christiansburg]





(rollcue... throwing an application)



[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Curtis Johnson/Former NR Castings Employee;]
[SUPER=01-Soraya Cartwright/EchoStar; :08]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=have my job]


[30 more seconds VO] (())

[Live=Marya Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Christiansburg]
(ad lib)



[Double Boxes=Melanie ANCHOR/Marya Microwave]


[cuban-boy]


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


It looks like the father of Elian Gonzalez could be coming to the U-S today.
The State Department has approved Visas for Juan Miguel Gonzalez and five other Cubans.
The expected visit is causing concern and anxiety among Elian's Miami relatives, to the point where one was hospitalized.
Cathy Moss has the latest.
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[SOT]

[11:30-UPDATE WINDOW]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Havana, Cuba; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marisleysis Gonzalez/Elian's Cousin; :27]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :42]
[SUPER=01-Cathy Moss/Reporting; 1:27]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS]

(((LOCATOR: CUBA)
NOW THAT JUAN MIGUEL GONZALEZ AND FIVE OTHERS HAVE BEEN CLEARED TO COME TO THE U-S... THE BIG QUESTIONS ARE... WHEN AND WHERE. THAT'S THE FOCUS THIS MORNING OF THE LATEST ROUND OF TALKS BETWEEN GOVERNMENT LAWYERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF ELIAN'S MIAMI RELATIVES.
IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING FOR A SMOOTH AND ORDERLY CUSTODY TRANSFER THAT WILL DISRUPT THE BOY'S LIFE AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. BUT DURING A TEARFUL STATEMENT LAST NIGHT ELIAN'S COUSIN SAID THAT WASN'T POSSIBLE.

SOT: MARISLEYSIS GONZALEZ/ELIAN'S COUSIN

"WHAT DOES THIS COUNTRY WANT TO DO TO ELIAN? DRIVE HIM CRAZY? I WILL NOT ALLOW THAT. ALL I WANT IS THE BEST THING FOR THIS KID."

(LOCATOR: MIAMI)


THE EMOTIONS AND PRESSURES OF THIS ORDEAL CAUGHT UP WITH MS. GONZAELZ THIS MORNING... SHE GREW FAINT IN A RESTAURANT WHILE CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS FOR MORNING NEWS SHOWS. SHE WAS GIVEN OXYGEN AND TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL.
IN CUBA, THERE WAS CELEBRATION YESTERDAY WHEN THE VISA'S WERE APPROVED. THOSE DOCUMENTS WILL BE ISSUED TODAY AND A PLANE IS SAID TO BE READY... BUT'S THERE'S BEEN NO WORD ON WHEN JUAN MIGUEL GONZALEZ AND HIS ENTOURAGE WILL DEPART FOR THE U-S.
OUTSIDE THE GONZALEZ RESIDENCE...CUBAN EXILES MAINTAIN THEIR CONSTANT VIGIL. DETERMINED TO SUPPORT ELIAN EVEN THOUGH IT APPEARS MORE LIKLELY THAN EVER THAT HE WILL BE RETURNED TO HIS FATHER.

(MOSS STANDUP)))



[Richardson]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-07]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A 16- year old faces up to 20- years in prison after admitting his role in the shooting death of Prentise Jordan.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/August;]
Tremaine Richardson pled guilty today in Roanoke Circuit Court to second degree murder--- as part of a plea agreeme

nt.
The teen admits firing shots the night Jordan was killed at a Roanoke night club.
But Richardon's attorneys say their client never intended to kill the 19- year old.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 08:09:11]
[IN Q=They didn't ]

((JACK GREGORY/RICHARDSON'S ATTY.: THEY DIDN'T LIKE EACH OTHER AND HAD HAD A SERIOUS FIGHT A WEEK BEFORE THIS AND IT WAS UNDERSTOOD THEY DIDN'T LIKE EACH OTHER BUT I THINK THE REAL ARGUEMENT WAS BETWEEN MR. BUFORD AND MR. JORDAN.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Gregory/Richardson's Atty.;]
[RUNS=15 approx.]
[OUT Q=mr. jordan.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/September;]


Richardson has agreed to testify against Timothy "Nippy" Buford who prosecutors describe as the ring leader.
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[anchor=mel]
[ss=]


Yesterday, Buford was found NOT compentent to stand trial.
His trial has now been postponed until June.

[Floyd-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-02]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire]


Fire investigators say a deadly fire in Floyd County Sunday night probably smoldered for a couple of hours before it broke through the roof.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.]


The house where Christopher and Kimberly Johnson lived was fully involved by the time neighbors noticed it.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 52:45]
[IN Q=About 9:30]

((ABOUT 9:30, WE WERE GETTING READY TO GO TO BED. MY DAUGHTER WENT INTO HER BEDROOM AND SAW ORANGE FLASHES ON THE WINDOWS.))
[SUPER=01-Freddie DeWeese/Neighbor]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=on the windows.]
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[VO-NAT]


DeWeese says the lights flickered and dimmed around seven o'clock, but he didn't think much of it at the time.
Investigators believe that may have been the first indication of trouble. Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Dalton thinks a "major electrical short" was what started the fire. They still haven't confirmed the name of the young man who died in the blaze.
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[Amherst-Murder]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm/nkr]
[TAPE#=00-05 TC34:40]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


A second teenager has been charged in connection with a murder in Amherst County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


Authorities say 17- year- old Jeremy Brandon Wright of Lynchburg gunned down 24- year- old James Franklin Junior in Madison Heights early Saturday.
Police say a 16- year- old male who originally confessed to the crime recanted his story after learning the victim had died.
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[Barnes]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmc/nkr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


Henry County authorities charge a man with murder almost 17 years after it happened.
In June of 1983, Randy Lee Beaver was stabbed at his sister's home in Ridgeway.
Yesterday, a 57-year-old prison inmate John Monroe Barnes was indicted for murder.

[JAPAN]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The transition of power in Japan is moving ahead quickly today, as Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi (kay-zoh oh-boo-chee) remains in a coma.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan;]

[yesterday's 10 am newspath10:11:26]
The country's cabinet resigned today -- and the ruling party's second in command is expected to be named prime minister tomorrow.
Obuchi suffered a stroke over the weekend.
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[MICROSOFT]


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


Jitters about the impending Microsoft verdict sent high-tech stocks plummeting yesterday, and they're still falling today.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]

[10 newspath]
The Nasdaq Composite index -- which lost about 350 points yesterday -- was ahead in early trading but by noon dropped more than 300 points.
Yesterday, Microsoft closed down more than 15 dollars a share after a federal judge ruled the company violated U-S anti-monopoly rules. [3:00:50]
That opens the door for drastic penalties, including the breakup of the software giant.
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[SOT]

[10:17:43]
[IN Q=]

(( BILL GATES:"well I dont think that any remedy of that kind makes sense for people to be talking about even taking what the district judge said. that kind of remedy is not responsive to what he talks about there. so i think it's definitiely reckless for there to be talk of that. ))
[SUPER=01-Bill Gates/Microsoft Chairman;]
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=to be talk of that.]
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[VO-NAT]


Gates remains confident his company has a strong legal case and will win on appeal.
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[Dan-River]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=500-08 TC31:27]
[GRAPHIC=Dan River]


Recent rumors concerning Dan River Incorporated prompted the company's C-E-O to set the record straight with a letter.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Joseph Lanier (La-near) wrote a letter to union employees.
The letter states "We do not have any plans to move Home Fashions jobs to Mexico."
And no additional jobs will be sent abroad besides the 488 jobs announced several months ago. Concerning rumors of 12 hour shifts, the chairman writes: " ...We do not have plans to convert ALL Danville plants to 12 hour shifts."
A spokesperson for the company explained why the chairman wrote the letter.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 1:06:38]
[IN Q= The process]

((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC.: THE PROCESS OF SITTING DOWN AT THE TABLE WITH UNION NEGOTIATIONS IS IMPORTANT TO THE EMPLOYEES, COMMUNITY TO THE COMPANY. THE MISINFORMATION COULD HURT THE ENTIRE PROCESS.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Bouknight/Dan River Inc.]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=entire process]
(---------------)
[VO-NAT]


Negotiations begin tomorrow in Danville.
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[Budget-Bedford]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-13]
[GRAPHIC=Budget]


Some Bedford County residents want to know if the school system is receiving enough funding from next year's budget.

They voiced their concerns last night during a public hearing before the county supervisors.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Marvin Hicks/Concerned Resident;:00]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;:15]
[SUPER=01-Jess Tucker/Teacher;:34]
[SUPER=01-Adam Hunter/Jefferson Forest Senior;:55]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:10]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=News 7, Bedford County.]
(([SOT 15:15:10]
[INQ=]

((MARVIN HICKS/CONCERNED RESIDENT: IF WE CAN NOT PAY FOR TECHNOLOGY, BOOKS OR GIVE TEACHERS A DECENT LIVING WAGE MAYBE NO ONE SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THE RAISES THEY GOT THIS YEAR.)) [OUTQ] [RUNS10]
Dozens of teachers cheered on folks who support a larger school budget. The county supervisors have proposed a budget of 64 point 1 million dollars -- that's 14 percent more than last year. However teachers say that's not enough -- they're receiving a 3 percent raise and salaries that rank below surrounding areas like Roanoke, Salem, and Lynchburg.

[SOT 15:23:44]
[INQ=]

((JESS TUCKER/TEACHER: OUR AVERAGE SALARY IS ALMOST FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS LESS THEN THOSE SURROUNDING COUNTIES AROUND US.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS06]
Some blame the lack of funding on poor budget planning for the two new elementary schools that are under construction as well as proposed renovations at Liberty and Jefferson Forest High Schools.
Students say they're fed up.

[SOT 15:26:48]
[INQ=]

((ADAM HUNTER/JEFFERSON FOREST SENIOR: AS A STUDENT I WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE AN UP TO DATE LAB THEN SKY LIGHTS IN THE LGI ROOM, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A TECHNOLOGY PLAN IMPLEMENTED THEN A PLAN THAT'S ALWAYS BEING WORKED ON.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS12]
School advocates say Bedford County has the lowest spending per student in the state. And with a budget and tax rate that continue to climb it's time for a change. Supervisors say they will use the communities concerns as they work on the budget. Kate Weidaw News 7 Bedford County.))

[City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-11 TC3:10:04]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Logo]


Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham has outlined a reorganization plan for city government.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Burcham described her plan to council members, who must approve some of the changes.
The plan will consolidate some departments, and reorganize them under three assistant city managers.
No one will be laid off, but the plan will eventually reduce the total number of city employees.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:59:41]
[IN Q=This particular reorganization]

((THIS PARTICULAR REORGANIZATION IS NOT INTENDED TO MEAN THAT WHAT HAS BEEN HERE IN THE PAST HAS BEEN UNSATISFACTORY AT ALL, BUT WHAT IT DOES SAY IS YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED TO CHANGE WITH CHANGE AND THAT'S WHAT THE REORGANIZATION IS ALL ABOUT.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=is all about.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Also, City Council announced that Roanoke's call for voluntary water conservation will be lifted tomorrow, one year after the restrictions were imposed.
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[turner]


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


Nudity is no stranger to the London stage, but a new play based on the classic American film the Graduate is causing quite a stir.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-London, England;]

[10:42:59]
The Graduate opens tomorrow night in an adaption that was hardly talked about, that is until preview audiences spread the word that actress Kathleen Turner bares all as Mrs. Robinson in a seduction scene.
Since the news got out Theater officials say ticket sales have doubled.
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[mir]


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


After eight months of orbiting Earth unoccupied, the Mir space station is about to have some new tenants.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Two cosmonauts blasted off today on a mission to bring the troubled space station back to life. [10:14;42- VIDEO OF MIR]
Mir's last residents left in August, as the cash-strapped Russian space program decided that keeping the station didn't make economic sense.
But it changed its plans after an Amsterdam company agreed to pay 10 to 20 million dollars to lease commercial rights to the station. (------------)