[Drowning]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tte]
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Divers have found the 47- year- old Roanoke man who drowned in Smith Mountain Lake.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night;]


They pulled him up in a relatively clear and shallow part of the lake, near the state park.
Investigators say they saw no signs of foul play, but will send the man's body to the state medical examiner.
They're not releasing his name until they notify family members.
The man was apparently boating with a friend, slipped into the water to swim, and never came back up.
His parents say he could swim.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
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Coming up on News 7 at 5 and 6, we'll talk to the victim's friend who was boating with him.

[School-Watch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
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Students at one Lynchburg school are going home early today.
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[Take FS Board] E.C Glass High school has announced it is closing at 12:30 because of the heat. Once again only E.C Glass High School will be dismissed early.
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[Crimeline]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-10]
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Roanoke Valley Crime Line is launching a new campaign it hopes will raise the program's visibility, and help local law enforcement agencies solve more crimes.
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[VO-NAT]
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Crimeline is a non- profit organization that offers rewards for information on criminal activities.
Today, the group announced a new fundraising drive to expand its efforts.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Our hope with the new campaign]

((JIM JOYCE:ROANOKE VALLEY CRIME LINE: OUR HOPE WITH THE NEW CAMPAIGN IS TO INCREASE THE AWARENESS IN THE COMMUNITY OF CRIMELINE, OF ITS EXISTENCE, OF THE PHONE NUMBER, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT WHEN A COMMUNITY IS AWARE OF CRIME LINE, WE GET TIPS, WE GET CALLS AND WE CAN HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE SOLVE CRIMES.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Joyce/Roanoke Valley Crime Line]
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[OUT Q=solve crimes.]
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Among the group's first major sponsors is US Cellular, which presented five thousand dollars to Crime Line this morning.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The group's phone number is 344-8500.

[Blood-Drive]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-17 47:25]
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The American Red Cross is trying to turn around a critical blood shortage by holding several blood drives throughout the area today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


The Red Cross supplies blood to 44 area hospitals -- and with the shortage officials say there is a one day supply in stock.
The Red Cross usually has at least a three day supply on hand.
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[SOT 20:29]
[IN Q=We've got to rely on the ]

((BOB LUTJEN/AMERICAN RED CROSS: WE'VE GOT TO RELY ON THE FOLKS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND BEYOND TO HELP SUPPORT THAT NEED. IT'S SIMPLY A MATTER OF BEING 17 YEARS OF AGE, AT LEAST 110 POUNDS AND IN GOOD HEALTH AND YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE,BE SOMEONE'S HERO BY JUST GIVING AN HOUR OF YOUR TIME))
[SUPER=01-Bob Lutjen/American Red Cross]
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[OUT Q=of your time]
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[VO-NAT]


The American Red Cross says the summer is the most difficult time of year to recruit blood donors.
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[full screen graphic]
The Red cross will be holding blood drives throughout this week.
Today some of the locations are: The Wytheville Community Center, Christiansburg Moose Lodge, Radford Christian Church, and the Roanoke Valley Donor center --which is located in downtown Roanoke.
If you need additional information you can call 1-800-GIVE- LIFE.



[HMO's]


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


After all the debate in Congress over patients' rights, the Supreme Court is weighing in on the issue.
The Court has ruled that patients cannot sue their H-M-O's in federal court for giving doctors financial bonuses to keep down treatment costs.
But the unanimous ruling leaves open the possibility of lawsuits in STATE court.

[Brush-Fires]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
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A brush fire is ravaging parts of southern California.
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[VO-NAT]
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At last report, 800 acres are charred in the San Fernando Valley.
So far, there are no reports of injuries or structural damage.
Fire officials say many of the homes are protected with fire- resistant roofs.
The blaze broke out yesterday afternoon, just north of the Ventura Freeway.
Water- dropping helicopters were also called in to help battle the flames.
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[Cycle-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
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[***ANCHOR TAG***]
A Roanoke City police officer lost his life over the weekend.
31 year old Connie Ray Lee died from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident Saturday night.
Joy Sutton has the details.
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[SUPER=01-Bill West/Roanoke City Police Department; :13]
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[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Police Spokesperson; :32]
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(( Just one day after the accident fellow police officers return to the crash site at the 2200 block of Brambleton Avenue --where Officer Connie Ray Lee was fatally injured after being thrown from his motorcycle.
Sergeant Bill West says he needed to come here -- to have a connection to Lee.
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[SOT8:56]
[IN Q=It's a difficult]

((SGT. BILL WEST: IT'S DIFFICULT ANYTIME YOU LOSE A FELLOW OFFICER BECAUSE LIKE I SAID IT'S LIKE LOSING FAMILY. IT'S BAD. IT'S HARD))
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Authorities say officer Lee had just left another police officers wedding when the crashed happened.
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((SHELLY ALLEY/POLICE SPOKESPERSON: THERE WAS ANOTHER MOTORCYCLE IN FRONT OF HIM THAT HIT SOME LOSE GRAVEL. HE TOOK SOME EVASIVE ACTION AND WENT OFF THE ROAD. AND WAS THROWN OFF HIS MOTORCYCLE AND LOST HIS HELMET))
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At the crash site there were few reminders of Lee's fatal crash -- just pieces left behind from his motorcycle.
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[IN Q=He was always]

((HE WAS ALWAYS A REAL NICE GUY. HE WAS ALWAYS SOFT SPOKEN. JUST A REAL NICE GUY))
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((FOR SOME, OFFICER LEE WAS NOT ONLY A CO-WORKER BUT A FRIEND, MANY SAY HE WILL DEFINETELY BE MISSED. JOY SUTTON, NEWS 7))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Lee had been on the force since 19-91.
He worked in the patrol bureau on night watch.








[Assad-Funeral]


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[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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Funeral services for Syrian President Hafez Al- Assad are planned for tomorrow.
A smooth transition of power is expected for Assad's hand- picked successor, his son.
But it's still unclear how Assad's death will affect peace in the Middle East.
Mark Phillips reports.
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[SUPER=01-Mark Phillips/Reporting;]
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((

(Phillips OC open)

Two days after the announced of the death of Haffez al-Assad the commemorative machine is well-oiled, in gear and rolling along. But it has another purpose as well - its as much about the next leader of Syria as the last.

(Drum beat marchers)

The marching mourners have been organized to parade around Damascus main squares round the clock. Bus loads having been brought in from the surrounding countryside.
They carry large wreathed pictures of the departed leader...
But they also carry pictures of the anointed one - Assads son Bashar. His rank and stature are being enhanced daily as his fathers death came before he was fully prepared for the job now apparently at hand.

(Bashar Meeting Lebanese etc)

The man trained as an eye-doctor was thrust into politics when his older brother was killed in a car crash six years ago and the re-making of Bashar is now under way. He has already been seen to be acting statesmanlike - meeting a Lebanese delegation. Hes been made commander of the armed forces - the job his father held. And hes been given the exhaulted rank of Lieutenant-General. The minimum age for the presidency has also been lowered to 34 - conveniently his age.

(Marchers)

And the marchers have usefully taken up his cause. With our soul and with our blood we follow you Bashar - they chant. His succession would appear to be a done deal. But there is still bound to be a lot of behind the scenes power broking going on to consolidate his position.

(Phillips O/C tag)

Haffez al-Assad was an absolute ruler called The Lion of Damascus. Bashar al-Assad is a political cub. Hell have to sharpen his claws to achieve the same kind of control his father had. MP, CBSN, Damascus. ))

[Sharpton]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-19 25:11]
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The Reverend Al Sharpton addressed Lynchburg's Court Street Baptist Church this weekend. It was part of Mens Day 2000. Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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[IN Q=natsot]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=07-Rev. Al Sharpton;:31 ]
[SUPER=01-Garnell Stamps/Lynchburg NAACP President; :44]
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(( [natsot 17:26:20]
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Some call him controversial, others consider him a modern- day prophet.. no matter what you think of the Reverend Al Sharpton, there's no denying his ability to bring out the passions of a congregation.
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Sharpton also incites passion in others.. those who disagree with how he involves himself in racial controversies across America.
Sharpton says while many white Americans have come to accept him, the media haven't.
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((REV. AL SHARPTON: THE WHITE MEDIA, I THINK, HAS THIS INFATUATION WITH ALWAYS MAKING BLACK LEADERS CONTROVERSIAL. I'M TEACHING PEOPLE HOW TO VOTE THAT NEVER VOTED, I'M CALLING FOR JUSTICE.. WHAT'S CONTROVERSIAL ABOUT THAT?))
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((REV. GARNELL STAMPS/LYNCHBURG NAACP PRESIDENT: WE RESENT SOME OF THE PEOPLE, IN THE WHITE MEDIA ESPECIALLY, WHO TAKE GREAT AMERICAN LEADERS LIKE REVEREND SHARPTON AND ASK HIM A LOT OF EMBARRASSING, LOADED QUESTIONS, ARE NOT INTERESTED IN WHAT HE'S GOING TO SAY TO HELP YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG BOYS HERE IN LYNCHBURG.))
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[OUT Q=here in Lynchburg.]


Sharpton was here to help Court Street Baptist celebrate Mens Day 2000.. a program aimed at getting young black males more involved in their church and their community.
But his message was for everyone.. that it's time to stop "sleeping on the job" and become full- time Christians.
Meanwhile, his own activism will continue full- time..
[SOT 17:22:34]

((SHARPTON: THE REASON I DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE CRITICISM AND THE CONTROVERSY IS BECAUSE I DON'T WORK FOR THEM NO HOW (APPLAUSE).))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))



[Tourist-Ferry]


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


No one was injured, but there were some scary moments for passengers aboard a ferry off Thailand today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Off Phuket, Thailand;]


The ferry loaded with more than 100 tourists caught fire and sank as it departed from the resort island.
The blaze broke out shortly after the ship set sail.
Most of the passengers were believed to be foreign tourists from Europe and Asia.
Marine police managed to rescue everyone on board.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.
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[Texas-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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Weekend thunderstorms, fueled by a weakening tropical depression, created flooding problems for northeastern Texas yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dallas, TX;]


It was slow going for motorists--
At least one bridge flooded, as well as a gas station.
In some spots, four inches of rain fell-- and as many as seven or eight inches fell in other areas.
There were no reports of any injuries.
Meanwhile, forecasters say waterlogged areas won't likely get much relief this week.
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[Feedback]


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

A proposal by the federal government to require truckers to get more rest generated viewer mail last week. Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with this week's News-7 Feedback.
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[Box-Office]


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[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
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At the theaters this weekend``Gone in 60 Seconds''.......
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[VO-NAT 06/12/2000 - 03NA - 03:24:37]
[Super=04-Touchstone Pictures]

raced to the top of the box office.
The car-heist caper has already made twenty-five and a-half (m) million dollars.
It was the biggest opening for Nicholas Cage yet. [TAKE FS SUPER]
[SUPER=77-Gone in 60 Seconds/Mission: Impossible 2/Big Momma's House/Dinosaur/Gladiator;]

The movie bumped ``Mission: Impossible 2'' into second place. Big Mommas House is in the number 3 spot. Number 4 is Dinosaur and Gladiator rounds out the top 5.
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[World's-Biggest-Breakfast]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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Who better to serve the world's biggest breakfast than the breakfast company itself....
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Battle Creek, MI;]


Each year for the past four decades, Kellogg's has been serving the large meal.
The tradition continued this weekend in the cereal giant's home town of Battle Creek, Michigan.
Nearly 60- thousand hungry cereal fans came out to this year's event. (------------) It takes about 600 volunteers to serve up the crunchy treat, more than 300 tables, and a lot of cow juice.