[Cuban-Boy]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Elian Gonzalez]


It all began Thanksgiving Day when a five year old Cuban boy was pulled from the waters off Miami.
His mother died at sea.
Since then an international tug of war has been underway between Elian Gonzalez's south Florida relatives and his father in Havana.
Juan Miguel Gonzalez arrived in the U-S early this morning, ready to claim his son.
For now he's at the home of a Cuban diplomat in suburban Washington.
And that's where Lee Cowan is.
[Live=Cowan Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting]
[SUPER=05-Bethesda, MD]



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[11:30-UPDATE WINDOW]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]
[SUPER=01-Juan Miguel Gonzalez/Through Translator;]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Ocosta/Protestor;]
[SUPER=03-Bethesda, MD;]
[SUPER=01-Eric Holder/Deputy Attorney General;]
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(LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, DC)


THE THREE HOUR TRIP FROM HAVANA ENDED JUST BEFORE 7 THIS MORNING AT DULLES AIRPORT OUTSIDE WASHINGTON. AN ARRIVAL BEFITTING A HEAD OF STATE FOR A MAN WHO'S BECOME AN UNWANTED DIPLOMAT. IN A LENGTHY AND AT TIMES COMBATIVE STATEMENT, JUAN MIGUEL GONZALEZ USED A TRANSLATOR TO PLEAD FOR THE RETURN OF HIS SON.

(SOT, JUAN MIGUEL GONZALEZ, THROUGH TRANSLATOR)


BUT MUCH OF THE STATEMENT WAS POLITICAL IN NATURE. HE CHARGED THAT 6-YEAR OLD ELIAN GONZALEZ HAD BEEN HARASSED AND EXPLOITED IN AN INTERNATIONAL TUG OF WAR THAT HAS LASTED 137 DAYS.

(SOT, GONZALEZ, "it's been an agonizing experience... terrible trauma.")



(NATS, AIRPORT PROTESTORS)


A HANDFUL OF PROTESTORS GATHERED AT THE AIRPORT WITH CHANTS OF "WELCOME TO FREEDOM". IT WAS NOT MEANT TO INTIMIDATE, THEY SAY, BUT TO REMIND HIM WHERE HE IS.

(SOT, SANDY OCOSTA, PROTESTOR, "our purpose here... land of freedom.")



(LOCATOR: BETHESDA, MD)


AS ELIAN'S FATHER ARRIVED AT THE HOME OF A CUBAN DIPLOMAT OUTSIDE WASHINGTON, ELIAN WAS BACK AT PLAY AT HIS HOME IN LITTLE HAVANA, IRONICALLY NOW FURTHER AWAY FROM HIS FATHER THAN HE HAD BEEN BEFORE. NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE BOY'S RELATIVES AND THE INS WERE CONTINUING TODAY WITH FAMILY MEMBERS STILL INSISTENT ELIAN'S FATHER COME TO MIAMI TO SETTLE THE DISPUTE IN PERSON. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A COMPROMISE THAT WILL SPEED UP A REUNION THE COURTS HAVE ALREADY RULED MUST TAKE PLACE.

(SOT, ERIC HOLDER, DEP. ATTY. GEN., "this is not a matter of immigration

law...right thing to do.")

(COWAN STANDUP CLOSE)


))

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[tenn-kidnapping]


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


The manhunt continues today for two suspects on a two state crime spree that included a kidnapping.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Erwin, TN/Tuesday;]

[00-22]
On Tuesday, Tennessee authorities pulled over a man and woman who were driving a stolen truck.
A gunfight broke out and the couple got away.
Dennis Lewis and Angela Tanner then allegedly carjacked a woman traveling with her baby.
The woman and child were released at I-81 rest stop in Rural Retreat.
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[SOT]

((Marya Jones/News 7: HOW DID SHE SAY THEY TREATED HER? Lt. Curtis Bailey/Va. State Police: VERY GOOD. THEY DIDN'T HARM HER IN ANY WAY.))
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[SUPER=01-Lt. Curtis Bailey/VA State Police;]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=her in anyway.]
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[VO-NAT]


The woman's car was later found outside a Wytheville motel.
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(XXXXXXXXXXX) [take FS Board 1004]
Anyone with information on the couple's whereabouts is asked to call Wytheville authorities at 5-4-0---2-2-8--- 3-1-3-

1.

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[Lilly]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC30:13]
[GRAPHIC=Ben Lilly]


Sources close to the Ben Lilly case tell News-7 that attorneys are close to finalizing a plea agreement. That means his second trial may be called off.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/February;]


Lilly was sentenced to die for the 1995 killing of Virginia Tech student Alexander DeFilippis.
He appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court and eventually won a new trial.
Though Lilly would avoid a death sentence, sources tell News-7 he will be sentenced to two life terms without parole.
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[microsoft]


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


A federal judge has set a May 24th hearing date to consider punishment against software giant Microsoft.
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[VO-NAT]

[3:35:38-Top stories]
This announcement comes after two straight days of talks aimed at finding a way to prevent Microsoft from future violations of antitrust laws.
The Justice Department and 19 states suing Microsoft have until April 28th to make punishment recommendations.
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[smoker-suit]


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


A federal judge in Miami has lifted a gag order in a landmark trial against the tobacco industry.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL;]

[yesterday's 8 p-m Newspath 20;16:01]
Meanwhile, jury deliberations in the trial resumed this morning.
The nation's five biggest tobacco makers are being sued in connection with the cancer cases of three smokers.
They must decide whether to award more than 13 million dollars in compensatory damage.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

(( STANLEY ROSENBLATT - PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY:Let them now reap the consequences of the harm that they have caused to good decent people who believed their lies
BEN REID - R.J. REYNOLDS ATTORNEY:People didn't start them calling coffin nails or cancer sticks but for one reason, and that's because people were aware that there was a risk involved in that product. ))
[Super=01-Stanley Rosenblatt/Plantiff's Attorney; :00]
[Super=01-Ben Reid/R. J. Reynolds Attorney; :09]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=involved in that product.]
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[VO-NAT]


If any money is awarded, jurors will then be asked to set punitive damages for all of the state's half a million sick smokers.
The tobacco industry fears such an award could reach as high as three hundred billion dollars.
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[Steak-Ale]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe/nkr]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC45:03]
[GRAPHIC=Steak and Ale]



One person tested positive for the Norwalk virus after eating at Steak and Ale in Roanoke County.
They thought it was food poisoning. This virus can be transmitted through food, and it can cause stomach and intestinal discomfort.
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[VO-NAT 99-56 TC1:51:18]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Lab results for 14 people came back yesterday afternoon.
Some 70 customers reported food poisoning after eating there March 22nd, 23rd and 24th.
Health Department officials say more tests are being sent out and others still have not been returned.
Over the weekend Steak and Ale trained its employees on food safety and replaced all of its food.
The restaurant reopened for business Monday after voluntarily closing down.
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[gas-prices]


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


The Energy Department today dramatically revised its forecast for summer gas prices.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Troutville/March 2]


The forecast now is for prices at the pump to peak later this month and decline to an average of a dollar-46 a gallon for the summer.
That's still 25 percent higher than gas prices were last summer, but sharply lower than what was predicted a month ago.
The prediction then was gas prices soaring to two dollars a gallon.
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[millionaire-annulment]


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


Rick Rockwell says he's disappointed that his made-for-T-V marriage is over.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;]

[3:12:17]
Yesterday, Darva Conger got her wish whe a judge annuled her marriage to Rockwell.
Conger told the judge she was not told about Rockwell'S background before she appeared on the Fox show, "Who Wants to Marry a multi- Millionaire."
In 19-91 a former girlfriend obtained a restraining order against Rockwell, accusing him of hitting and threatening her.
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[Diamond-Hill]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-06 TC37:50]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Residents of Lynchburg's Diamond Hill historic district are sitting down to try and settle their differences.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Many residents of Diamond Hill have complained about the restrictions that limit what a homeowner can do with their property.
Others say the historic district's rules are not enforced fairly.
Both sides came together for a professional mediation session last night.
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[SOT 00:02:06]
[IN Q=This is a]

((PETE WARREN/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE CITY, THEY PAY GOOD TAXES AND IT'S A TOURISM ATTRACTION, AND IT'S GOT SOME PEOPLE THERE WHO ARE REALLY GOOD PEOPLE, ALL OF THEM. AND WE HOPE THAT THIS PROCESS WILL BRING THEM TOGETHER AND THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE TOGETHER AS FRIENDS AND AS NEIGHBORS.))
[SUPER=01-Pete Warren/Lynchburg Mayor]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=and as neighbors.]
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[VO-NAT]


More mediation sessions are scheduled.
The city is paying an outside firm ten thousand dollars to conduct them.
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[Blackwater-Trail]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-59 TC1:24:33]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Lynchburg's Blackwater Creek Natural Area is growing again.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Workers are putting the finishing touches on new trails that will extend the natural area into the downtown area.

They've also installed lights in a 150- year- old railroad tunnel.. the last train passed through there more than fifteen years ago.
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[SOT 19:26:20]
[IN Q=It's a really]

((ANDY REEDER/LYNCHBURG PARKS & REC DEPT.: IT'S A REALLY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE AND I THINK THE CITIZENS THAT BIKE ALONG IT, WALK ALONG IT REALLY ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THE STREAM VALLEYS WE HAVE HERE IN LYNCHBURG AND THEN ON INTO PERCIVAL'S ISLAND.))
[SUPER=01-Andy Reeder/Lynchburg Parks & Rec Dept.;]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=Percival's Island.]
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[VO-NAT]


Many of the new improvements will be dedicated on June 3rd, which is National Trails Day.
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[11Million-Mom]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-58 TC1:46:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke woman is hoping people will participate in the first Million Mom March in Washington D-C.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Code (Cody) Sizemore is not only looking for moms, but anyone interested in pressuring Congress to enact tougher gun laws.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=moms all across]
[SUPER=01-Code Sizemore/Million Mom Organizer;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=voices were heard]
(XXXXXXXXX)

[WIPE TO FULL SCREEN BOARD]
If you're interested in attending the march on May 14 you can call Sizemore at (540) 427-4074.
Or check out their web site at w-w-w- dot- million-mom-march- dot- com.
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[Image-awards]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]


Tonight the Harrison Musuem and Roanoke N-Double A-C-P host the second annual Image Awards.
And new this year is the Image 2-thousand youth Summit.
It's underway this afternoon, and hosted by the legendary Dick Gregory.

[Double Boxes=Melanie ANCHOR/Bolden Microwave]


Aletha Bolden joins us now from Lucy Addison Middle School to tell us more about the Youth Summit.
Good Afternoon.
[Live=Bolden Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Harrison Museum Exec. Director]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]



[B-ROLL]

(What is the focus of the youth summit?)

(And I understand the Character County program will be highlighed ruing the summit?)

(What do you think will be the major concerns among young people that are talked about today?)

(And tonight is the the N-Double A-C-P Image 2-thousand Awards Ceremony, and I understand there's a WDBJ connection this year?)

(And tell us about the award that will be given to Dick Gregory?)



[Live=Bolden Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie ANCHOR/Bolden Microwave]


[ANCHOR TAG]
[Anchor=Melanie]
[SS=none]


We'll have more on the NAACP Image Awards Ceremony tonight on News 7 at 11.






[Fail-safe]


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


Legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite will kick of Sunday's live broadcast of Fail Safe.
The suspense drama is based on the 19-62 best-selling novel of the same name in which Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U-S bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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[SOT]

[3:30:00]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-George Clooney/Actor;]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:23]
[OUT Q=cbs News, Los Angeles.]

((
NO LAST MINUTE CHANGES... NO COFFEE BREAKS, AND NO CHANCE TO SHOOT THE SCENE AGAIN
IN A RARE-TELEVISION EVENT, THIS SUNDAY, CBS WILL BROADCAST A TWO-HOUR PRIME-TIME MOVIE - LIVE.

-SOT-GEORGE CLOONEY, ACTOR/"FAILSAFE" 15;19;05

were in over our heads a little bit right now so were a little crazed. Everybodys her cause we want to be here cause we think it might be fun and were not really sure if we can pull it off.
ACTOR GEORGE CLOONEY IS ONE OF THE CAST MEMBERS OF "FAILSAFE" A RE-MAKE OF THE 1964 CLASSIC COLD WAR TALE.
ITS THE FIRST FEATURE LENGTH DRAMA TO BE BROADCAST LIVE SINCE--PLAYHOUSE 90 IN THE LATE FIFTIES
MORE RECENTLY CLOONEY AND FELLOW ACTOR NOAH WILEY WERE PART OF A LIVE E.R. EPISODE, BUT THAT WAS ONLY AN HOUR

-SOT-CLIP "FAILSAFE"


"FAILSAFE" IS THE STORY OF TENSION BETWEEN THE U.S. AND SOVIET UNION AND OF AN ACCIDENTAL ORDER FOR THE U.S. TO DROP A BOMB ON MOSCOW.
THE DRAMA WILL UNFOLD IN THE LIVE- RE-STAGING ON SEVEN SETS 41-THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OF STUDIOS WHERE NERVOUS ACTORS MAY LITERALLY HAVE TO RUN BETWEEN SCENES
THE SHOW WILL ONLY BE LIVE FOR THE EAST COAST--THERE WILL BE FOUR COMMERCIAL BREAKS AT NO - PRE-SET TIME
WHEN E.R. WAS LIVE, THE RATINGS WERE GOOD-- THATS THE HOPE FOR "FAILSAFE" ALTHOUGH VIEWERS MAY TUNE IN JUST TO SEE MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.))WHAT GOES WRONG.