[Walkway-Collapse]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Speedway Collapse]


Investigators still don't know why a walkway fell outside a North Carolina racetrack Saturday night.
It happened just as fans were leaving the NASCAR race, around 100 of them suffered injuries.
Jennifer Jones has an update.
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[SUPER=03-Concord, NC;]
[SUPER=01-Don Idol/NC Department of Transportation;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Jones/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=Jones, CBS News, Concord, NC.]

((
NARR:As traffic moves at a steady flow along highway 29 this Monday, investigators continue their search for answers.
Nat Sot: traffic.
NARR;What was it exactly... they want to know that caused an 80 foot span of this pedestrian walkway to cave in - as more than 100 people were making their way across the bridge.
What they have found so far are corroded cables on a walkway JUST FIVE years old.

SOT: Don Idol, NC Dept. Transportation

"You wont find corrosion in a structure like this for fifty years, we need to find out why it happened in 5"
NARR;Race fans were just leaving the Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday night when the bridge collapsed. These pictures taken by an amateur photographer capture horrifying moments seconds after the 17 foot plunge. Witnesses say just before the structure gave way, they could hear the bridge cracking.

SOT: Unnamed Victim

"Heard noise, then fell"
Firefighters had to cut through a chain link fence to rescue the victims. More than 100 people were injured, at least one of them critically. Many still remain in area hospitals.
STANDUP: (TO COME) ))

[Plane-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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Crash investigators are searching for the reason BOTH engines failed, right before a charter plane went down yesterday in Pennsylvania-- killing everyone on board.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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[SUPER=03-Wilkes-Barre, PA;]
[SUPER=01-George Black/N.T.S.B.;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=Lee Cowan, CBS news, Wilkes-Barre, PA.]

((
(LOCATOR: WILKES-BARRE, PA)


INVESTIGATORS HAVE A HINT OF WHAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED ABOARD THE TWIN ENGINE CHARTER PLANE, BUT THEY DON'T KNOW WHY.
FROM THE PILOT'S OWN MOUTHS CAME WORD NOT ONE, BUT BOTH ENGINES HAD FAILED.
NATZ FROM TOWER TAPE
NTSB INVESTIGATORS SAY THAT IS RARE AND WILL BE TAKING A CLOSE LOOK AT THE ENGINES TO SEE IF THERE WAS A MECHANICAL FAILURE OR SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS BAD OR CONTAMINATED FUEL.

SOT: GEORGE BLACK/N.T.S.B.

"WE'LL BE LOOKING AT FUEL SYSTEMS, IGNITION SYSTEMS, WEATHER, ALL OF THE VARIABLE THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE OPERATION OF ENGINES.
THE PLANE MADE TWO ATTEMPTS TO LAND AT THE WILKES-BARRE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, BUT INVESTIGATORS NOW SAY THE PILOTS DIDN'T REPORT ANY ENGINE TROUBLE UNTIL THE SECOND TIME AROUND., ALTHOUGH THE PLANE'S COCKPIT VOICE RECORDER HAS BEEN RECOVERED, THE PLANE WAS NOT EQUIPPED WITH A FLIGHT DATA RECORDER WHICH COULD HAVE YIELDED VALUABLE INFO.

SOT: BLACK

IT HANDICAPS US TREMENDOUSLY....DURING THE APPROACH.
THE PLANE WAS A LITTLE MORE THAN 12 YEARS OLD WITH A GOOD SAFETY RECORD, THE FLEET OF JETSTREAM 31'S ARE POPULAR WITH COMMUTER AND CHARTER FLIGHTS BECAUSE OF THEIR RELIABILITY. THEY'VE HAD ONLY 3 CRASHES IN THE LAST TEN YEARS, THE MOS T RECENT IN RALEIGH NC AND THAT WAS DEEMED TO BE PILOT ERROR.

(COWAN STANDUP)

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[Danville-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=0028 1:23]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


One man was killed in a weekend shooting in Danville.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville]


Police say 26 year old Daniel O'Bryant Woods was shot shortly before one A-M yesterday in front of a building on the corner of Franklin and Monument Street.
So far, officials have not arrested anyone but do have a suspect.
He's been identified as 19 year old (Uh-Tray) Atrae Martin of Danville.
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[School-grant]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-16]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City logo]


The Roanoke City Schools have received a federal grant for a community learning center at William Fleming High School and William Ruffner Middle School.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


This morning, School Superintendent Wayne Harris announced the grant that will bring the Roanoke system close to 600-thousand dollars over three years.
The center will provide a wide range of community education and outreach... beyond the classroom.
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[SOT 17:58:45]
[IN Q=It's not just Roanoke]

((IT'S NOT JUST ROANOKE CITY, BUT SOME 14 OTHER AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE WORKED TOGETHER OVER THE LAST 18 MONTHS TO PUT TOGETHER A GRANT THAT'S GOING TO BENEFIT THIS ENTIRE COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent;]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=this entire community.]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke is one of three Virginia award winners... one of three hundred across the country.
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[Airbags]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Airbags]


Vehicle manufacturers won in the Supreme Court today.
The ruling means drivers or passengers in cars built BEFORE federal regulations required air bags cannot sue automakers for not installing the safety devices.
The decision killed the lawsuit of a Washington D-C woman who suffered serious head injuries when she crashed her 19-87 Honda.

[Aids-Vigil]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-19 11:57]
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People who've died from AIDS were remembered in Roanoke last night during a candlelight memorial.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Dozens turned out at the American Red Cross in Roanoke to light candles and write names of love ones lost on an AIDS poster.
The Pillow Case project was also displayed.
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[SOT 3:23;40]
[IN Q=often times]

((ROBERT MORROW: OFTEN TIMES AS WE GO ON IN LIFE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE PASSED THROUGH OUR LIVES, WORK WITH, THESE ARE PEOPLE WE WANT TO REMEMBER AND THIS IS PERMANENT WAY OF DOING THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Morrow/Aids Council Director]
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[OUT Q=of doing that.]
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[VO-NAT]

Organizers say the key to preventing AIDS is education and getting the word out by holding candlelight vigils.
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[Atlantis]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Space Shuttle]


It's "mission accomplished" for the Space Shuttle Atlantis crew..
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[VO-NAT]


Two astronauts successfully completed a spacewalk repair job early this morning.
Floating 200 miles above the earth, the crew fixed a broken antenna.
They also installed two cranes during the nearly seven- hour spacewalk.
Tonight, the astronauts will replace dying batteries and a variety of other gear on the Russian side of the station.
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[Gielgud]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


British actor Sir John Gielgud has died..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Gielgud was considered one of the most respected performers of the 20th century.
He established his reputation early in life on the British stage performing Shakespeare.
Gielgud played Hamlet more than 500 times.
But many Americans probably know him best from film roles, such as his Oscar- winning performance opposite Dudley Moore in "Arthur".
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[SOT 10:17:05]
[IN Q=Do you know]

((DO YOU KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO? NO. I'M GOING TO TAKE A BATH. I'LL ALERT THE MEDIA.))
[SUPER=04-"Arthur" Orion Pictures; HOT CHANGE TO]
[super=04-Warner Home Video;]
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[OUT Q=alert the media]
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[VO-NAT]


Gielgud died yesterday at his home near London.
He was 96.
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[Billy-Graham]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-21 7:45]
[GRAPHIC=none]

The Reverend Billy Graham made his first public appearance this year in our area for a special occasion. His youngest daughter graduated from Mary Baldwin College.
Joy Sutton spoke with Graham in his first on-camera interview since his release from the hospital.
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[IN Q=Just days ago]
[SUPER=03-Staunton;00]
[SUPER=07-Rev. Billy Graham;19]
[SUPER=01-Ruth Graham McIntyre/Daughter;1:23]
[SUPER=@Joy1;1:42]
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[OUT Q=n7 Staunton]
((Just days ago the Reverend Doctor Billy Graham was released from the Mayo clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota --so h

e could attend his youngest daughter graduation at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton.
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[SOT17:12:43]
[IN Q=I've had a lot of problems this]

((BILLY GRAHAM: I'VE HAD A LOT OF PROBLEMS THIS YEAR PHYSICALLY AND I DIDN'T KNOW IF I COULD GET HERE. WE TALKED ON THE PHONE AND SHE TOLD ME HOW MUCH IT MEANT TO HER SO I SAID I'M GOING JUST GOING TO CANCEL SOME OF THESE TESTS AND COME))

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[OUT Q=and come]


Graham, who is 81 years old, has Parkinson's disease.
He says physical problems and old age have caused him to slow down considerably.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I can't do the things]

((I CAN'T DO THE THINGS I USE TO AND THAT'S VERY FRUSTRATING TO ME BECAUSE I'M A VERY ACTIVE PERSON.))
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[OUT Q=active person]
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[NAT SOT 17:32:12]
[IN Q=]
((NAT SOT OF COLLEGE PRESIDENT:WE ARE HONORED BY HIS PRESENCE AND PROUD TO HAVE HIM AS PART OF THE MARY BALDWIN COLLEGE

FAMILY))
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[OUT Q=family]


Graham was honored with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award -- given to those who demonstrate fine spiritual quality and nobility of character. [nat sound of clapping]
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But this was his daughter's special day. Ruth Graham McIntyre not only received her bachelors degree from Mary Baldwin College but was also given the outstanding adult graduate award.
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[NAT SOT 17:37:16]
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((THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE))
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[OUT Q=being there]
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[SOT tape #2 24:57]
[IN Q=It's so special it]

((RUTH GRAHAM MCINTYRE: IT'S SO SPECIAL TO ME. IT REALLY MEANS A WHOLE LOT TO ME. I WOULDN'T HAVE HIM ANYWHERE ELSE BUT HERE))
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[OUT Q=but here]


And Graham says he's not going to let his health stop him from spreading the gospel.
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[SOT 17:15:23]
[IN Q=It's God's doing]

((IT'S GOD'S DOING NOT MINE. I'M JUST A COUNTRY BOY FROM NORTH CAROLINA. IT'S A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO SERVE GOD))
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[OUT Q=to serve God]
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[SOT tape #2 28:30]
[IN Q=]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTING: GRAHAM IS ALREADY PLANNING HIS NEXT CRUSADE. HE SAYS IF HEALTH HOLDS UP HE PLAN TO BE IN NASHVILLE SOMETIME IN JUNE. JOY SUTTON, N7))
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[Feedback]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=feedback]
[GRAPHIC=FEEDBACK]

One viewer sent a note concerning "Unshackling the Past", A News 7 series on the history of slavery in Virginia.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with Feedback.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The special reports]
[RUNS=1:11]
[OUT Q=music animation out]

((The special reports by Richmond newsroom chief Ellen Qualls focused on plans to create a slavery museum in Virginia, and to acknowledge the role the state capital played in the slave trade.
A viewer who supports the idea of remembering this part of the Commonwealth's past wrote to ask:
"What of the Native Americans? It was THEIR land. They came to the white man in peace and helped him till they realized he wanted their land and was killing their food, buffalo, to extinction. I feel that the way we have done the American Indian is a disgrace. There are so many ways that today in the year 2000 they suffer prejudice and have never been recognized for the fine people they are."
Your comments on our news coverage or issues in the news are always welcome.
Only letters that are signed will be broadcast.
The address is News-7, PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
The fax number is 343-7269.
Email goes to news@wdbj7.com.
And on our website, you may take part in a moderated on-line forum.
Joe McKean, News-7.))

[Blue-Grass]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=00-22 12:40]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Bluegrass fans took over the V-M-I campus this weekend.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=nat sound music]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]


Ralph Stanley and Ricky Skaggs headlined the first "Music From The Shenandoah Valley" in Lexington.
Skaggs started out playing with Ralph Stanley.
The Living Legend has been on the road for nearly 55 years. He says his staying power is due to his traditional sound.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=there]
[SUPER=01-Ralph Stanley/Bluegrass Legend;]
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[OUT Q=on and on and on]
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[VO-NAT]


Seven bands filled the bill and entertained bluegrass fans.
On the list, Third Tyme Out, one of the hottest bands on the bluegrass scene. Their song "John and Mary" is currently number on the charts.
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[Raggedy-Ann]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It's a special birthday for a lady with a button nose and fiery red hair.....
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Arcola, IL;]


The doll of choice for many little girls, Raggedy Ann, turned 85 over the weekend.
To celebrate, her hometown threw a party.
The 11th annual Raggedy Ann and Andy Festival featured craft booths, games, and all kinds of food.
Organizers estimate between 20 and 30- thousand people came out to the two- day event.
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[Asian-Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Stock market]


Concerns about interest rate hikes in the U-S and a falling Nasdaq on Friday led some Asian stocks to plunge today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hong Kong;]


Hong Kong's futures markets opened down four- percent.
The benchmark Hang Seng index was also down nearly three- percent at the morning's close.
After last week's rate hike in the U-S, the Hong Kong Association of Banks agreed to a local interest rate hike of fifty points.
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[SOT 10:11:34]
[IN Q=Well, I think]

((SHAMUS MOK/ASIAN ECONOMIST: WELL, I THINK IN HONG KONG, THE STOCK MARKET IS STILL VERY WEAK, THE SENTIMENT IS VERY VERY WEAK AT THIS MOMENT BECAUSE MANY INVESTORS ARE QUITE NERVOUS AFTER INTEREST RATE HIKES IN THE U.S.))
[SUPER=01-Shamus Mok/Asian Economist;]
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[OUT Q=hikes in the U.S.]
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[VO-NAT]


Analysists also say China's trade deal on Friday failed to boost the market. (------------)