[Assad-Funeral]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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


An outpouring of emotion today on the streets of Damascus, as the people of Syria people join together to say a final goodbye to their leader.
Kimberly Dozier has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Damascus, Syria;]
[SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State;]
[SUPER=01-Kimberly Dozier/Reporting;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=Dozier, CBS News, Damascus.]

(( Syrian precision...and control, governed the passing of the Lion Of Damascus. His coffin borne by the military might that marked his rule...and followed by his son, Bashar...this funeral, HIS initiation to rule, before his father is even buried.
Nat Sot break:
Assad would have been proud.
In the capital, open grief at losing the man who had led Syria for thirty years. People still call him, father...one who inspired their respect...and fear. (crowd in Ommayad Square)
Ranks of mideast leaders came to pay tribute to the hardliner who stood up to Israel and the West. There were few western heads of state and no officials from Israel.
Now the task of securing peace and prosperity falls to his son...Bashar, a thirty-four-year-old ophthalmologist, inexperienced in Syria's power politics...but with the approval of Syrias ruling party...and the armed forces.

SOT: Madeleine Albright/Sec. Of State: He is someone who to me seems

very poised and someone who is ready to assume his duty.
Narr: But not yet ready to resume PEACE TALKS with Israel. The fledgling leader must first consolidate power. Challenges from hard-liners such as Assad's exiled brother Rifaat, may make it harder to make concessions.
But Bashar says he will CONTINUE to work for peace...he needs the western aid and investment that comes with it...to bring Syria INTO the 21st century, laying to rests Syria's warring past...with it's warrior leader. KD CBS News, Damascus.
))

[Drowning]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=net P]
[GRAPHIC=Drowning]

Investigators say they will NOT do an autopsy on the man who drowned in Smith Mountain Lake.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]

They have closed the investigation into Jay Carter's death, saying there were no marks on his body showing foul play.

Carter was 47 years old when he drowned in the lake this weekend. Investigators are waiting for the results of a toxicology test to see if Carter had been drinking. But they say they don't know why he drowned.
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[Butler]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A Roanoke man has been arrested on a charge of setting fire to his house.
Donald Gene Butler was taken into custody yesterday in Sonoma County California.
Butler is accused of starting a fire at his home on Eastgate Avenue last month, after an argument with his 14-year-old son.
Butler is also charged with assault and battery of the boy, and child neglect.
Authorities will be trying to get the 54-year-old man returned to Roanoke for trial.

[Hale-NAACP]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-12]
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A year and a half after a controversial election within the Roanoke branch of the N- Double A- C- P, candidates are lining up for a new vote in November.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Today, a group calling itself The Election Committee for New Leadership announced a full slate of candidates.
Leading the ticket is Brenda Hale...
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Today, it's about letting the chapter know]

((BRENDA HALE/CANDIDATE FOR NAACP PRESIDENT: TODAY, IT'S ABOUT LETTING THE CHAPTER KNOW , LETTING THE COMMUNITY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A SLATE OF OFFICERS, POTENTIAL OFFICERS. YOU HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE READY TO STAND UP AND ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY AND TAKE US IN A NEW DIRECTION.))
[SUPER=01-Brenda Hale/NAACP Presidential Candidate;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=a new direction.]
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[ANCHOR=KIM]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Hale ran for President in 1998, and narrowly won the first election. But the vote was contested, and Martin Jeffrey won when a second election was held a few months later.

[Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-14 TC1:06:24]
[GRAPHIC=Rubatex Strike]


Union members will leave the picket lines and return to their jobs at Rubatex. The company has agreed to bring them back under terms of the old contract.
Jennifer Miele has more on what the striking workers and replacement workers think about the deal.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The nine-month]
[SUPER=03-Bedford; :00]
[SUPER=02-Replacement Worker; :17]
[SUPER=01-Jim Sines/Rubatex Union Employee; :37]
[SUPER=@Jennifer2; :47 ]
[RUNS=:55]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Bedford.]

((The nine-month turmoil at Rubatex has not come to an end. While some will be returning to their jobs, replacement workers will be headed to the unemployment line. Though management had a tough time replacing union workers, they have managed to reach peek production.
[SOT]

[TAPE: Rubatex 1 TC: 20:46:56]
[IN Q= Their hand are]

((THEIR HANDS ARE KIND OF TIED BY THE UNION, AND WHAT WE WANT THOSE UNION PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT WE'RE JUST AS MUCH RESPONSIBLE FOR SAVING THIS PLANT AS ANYBODY IS.))
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=as anybody is.]


While replacement workers worry about unemployment, some strikers don't want to go back to the same conditions they spent nine months fighting.
[SOT]

[TAPE: Rubatex 1 TC: 20:37:28]
[IN Q=]

((I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY WOULDN'T NEGOTIATE, BUT ALL I KNOW IS HERE WE ARE NINE MONTHS LATER AND NOTHING IS CHANGED SO I DON'T SEE ANY REASON TO ACCEPT ANYTHING.))
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The company is still Bedford's largest employer and Rubatex officials say they're working hard to make the transition go as smoothly as possible.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Bedford.))

[Nuclear-Lab]


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


The Los Alamos nuclear laboratory is again ground zero for controversy.
An investigation is underway for missing classified information on the nation's nuclear secrets.
Sharyl Attkisson reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=03-Los Alamos, NM; :18]
[SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/Energy Secretary; :51]
[SUPER=01-Sharyl Attkisson/Reporting; :59]
[RUNS=1:16]
[OUT Q=Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News, Washington.]

((

(SCRIPT)
(File of lab)

Some lab sources consider the missing information more sensitive than the data transferred by Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee last year, leading to his arrest.

(VO/Fires)

The new breach surfaced when a wildfire threatened lab property, and officials removed a briefcase from a vault for safekeeping.

(Los Alamos)

They discovered two hard drives designed for use by an elite nuclear terrorist emergency response team...were missing.

(GRAPHIC)

Among other things, they drives contain information on how to detect primitive nuclear devices that might be used by rogue nations, and how to safely disarm them. To add to the embarrassment, nobody can say exactly when the hard drives disappeared from their briefcases and the locked, top secret vault where they were stored.

(VO/lab)

The infraction happened despite more than a YEAR of investigations, reorganization, and tightened security at the nation's weapons labs, and after promises from the Energy Secretary himself...

(SOT-BILL RICHARDSON, ENERGY SECRETARY)

WE CAN ASSURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEIR NUCLEAR SECRETS ARE SAFE AT THE LABS.

(ATTKISON O/C close)

OFFICIALS ARE INTERROGATING MORE THAN EIGHTY PEOPLE WHO COULD HAVE HAD RECENT ACCESS TO THE MISSING HARD DRIVES. ONE LAB SOURCE TELLS US THE FBI HAS CORDONED OFF PEOPLE'S OFFICES AT THE LABS, EVEN SEARCHED HOUSES...AND POLYGRAPHS ARE BEING SCHEDULED AS WELL. SA, CBSN, WASHINGTON.

))[Korean-Summit]


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


The leaders of North and South Korea are holding a historic summit today-- north of the border that's separated them for decades.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pyongyang, North Korea;]


They're meeting for three days in North Korea's capital-- the first meeting since the end of World War Two.
North Korea's leader asked the south and others to work together to end the hostilities on the divided Korean peninsula.
Earlier, an elaborate reception was held.
It included a military band and women dressed in traditional gowns.
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[Green]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-07 TC1:58:26]
[GRAPHIC=Valery Green]


Due to lack of evidence, prosecutors dismissed an animal neglect charge against a Bedford county woman ,who's no stranger to accusations of animal abuse.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Prosecutors said it would have been difficult to prove 43-year old Valery Green had improperly cared for a puppy she sold to a local woman in January.
The puppy had ringworm, which the woman contracted as well.. but Green's attorney says that wasn't his client's fault.
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[SOT 14:20:54]
[IN Q=But I think]

((BILL WENTZ/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: BUT I THINK OUR PRINCIPLE DEFENSE WOULD HAVE BEEN THAT SHE WAS NOT GIVING A SUBSTANDARD LEVEL OF CARE FOR THE ANIMALS.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Wentz/Defense Attorney]
[RUNS=13]
[OUT Q=for the animals.]
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[VO-NAT]


The neglect charge was dismissed after prosecutor (DIRK) Dirk Padgett told the judge he couldn't proceed with the case because he had represented Green in a civil matter several years ago.
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[Gas-Prices]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=Gas Prices Rising]


Gas prices are skyrocketing to an all time high. In the Midwest, motorists are paying more than 2 dollars a gallon.
But will we see that here in Virginia? Kate Weidaw more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=one dollar]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL; :14]
[SUPER=01-Bert Moore/Motorist; :32 ]
[SUPER=01-P. J. Lynch/Motorist; :44]
[SUPER=01-Marty Crow/Motorist; :49]
[SUPER=@Kate1;1:01]
[RUNS=1:11]
[OUT Q=kw news7 roanoke]

((One dollar 37 cents, one dollar 39 cents, one dollar 44 cents. Are Virginia's gas prices really that high?

[SOT 23:56:16]
[INQ=]

((THEY'RE GETTING HIGHER BUT THEY'RE NOT AS HIGH AS OTHER PLACES.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 3]


Maybe so, look out west, in Chicago a gallon of gas at the pump is costing an average of 2 dollars 33 cents. The reason -- refiners are producing a new kind of low pollution gasoline they say is more expensive to produce and consumers have no choice but to purchase it.

[SSOT 23:57:27]
[INQ=]

((BERT MOORE: DIESEL IS ALMOST TWO DOLLARS A GALLON IN CHICAGO SO 1.37 FOR US HERE ISN'T SUCH A BAD DEAL.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 6]


But will the high prices in the west force vacationers to cut those long summer road trips short?

[SOT 23:56:26]
[INQ=]

((P.J. LYNCH: PROBABLY NOT, I'LL PROBABLY KEEP ON GOING BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE'LL ALL HAVE TO PUT UP WITH I GUESS.))
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[INQ=]

((MARTY CROW: WE WERE GOING TO GO OUT WEST BUT NOW WE'RE NOT BECAUSE OF THE GAS PRICES.))
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But if you do decide to pack up your bags the best advice might be..

[SOT 23:57:50]
[INQ=]

((FUEL IN VIRGINIA BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE STATE.))
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[RUNS= 3]


[\STANDUP]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAW: AND IF YOU STILL FEEL GAS PRICES ARE TO HIGH IN VIRGINIA MOST PARTS OF THE STATE ARE BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE PRICE OF ONE DOLLAR 58 CENTS. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
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[RUNS=]))






[shell-building]
[anchor=kim]
[newscast=noon]
[Tape=00-05]
[graphic=none]


The Blacksburg Industrial Park is gaining a new tenant.
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[vo-nat]
[super=03-Blacksburg;]


A-C-T Microdevices is moving into the town of Blacksburg's shell building and hopes to open in the fall.
The local company makes microelectronic components for the fiber optics industry.
[SOT]

[bite]
[inq= our future.]

(())
[SUPER=01-David Sherrer/ACT President; ]
[runs=15]
[out q= the world.]
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[anchor=kim]
[ss=none]


The company hopes to employ about 300- people in the future.

[Tornado]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Tornado]
An amateur photographer caught this tornado on home video---
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-York, NE;]


The twister was one of several spotted in the Midwest.
The Nebraska tornado started in the sky and winded its way down to the ground-- coming close to a farmhouse.
The twister didn't cause any structural damage.
It DID create a small amount of crop damage-- and probably made the farmer pretty nervous, too.
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[Springsteen-Song]


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


Singer Bruce Springsteen was center stage AND the center of controversy last night at Madison Square Garden.
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[SOT 3:12:58]

((BRUCE SINGING))
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=MUSIC FADES OUT]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Fans showed signs of support for "The Boss".
But local police urged union members to stay away from the concert, because of Springsteen's new song, "American Skin".
It's about the murder of West African immigrant Amadou Diallo, who was shot 41 times by New York police officers.

Despite the controversial tone, fans seemed to like the song.
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[SOT 3:13:33 ]
[IN Q=If anything]

((FRANK FOWLER/FAN: IF ANYTHING, IN MY OPINION, IT'S TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OUT OF A SITUATION WHERE SO MANY PEOPLE FOUND IT TO BE SENSELESS.))
[SOT 3:14:22-]

((JOHN PUGLISSI/POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOC.: WE CANNOT HAVE SONGWRITERS COME OUT AND BRING SONGS TO NEW YORK CITY THAT ARE GOING TO CAUSE A CIVIL DISTURBANCE.))
[SUPER=01-Frank Fowler/Springsteen Fan;]
[SUPER=01-John Puglissi/Police Benevolent Association; :08]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=civil disturbance]
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[VO-NAT]


All four officers involved in the Diallo murder were acquitted. (------------)