[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Heavy rain, high winds-- all the signs of tropical activity over the Florida panhandle today as Tropical Storm Helene makes her presence known.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a British court approves an operation to separate a set of Siamese twins, AGAINST the wishes of their parents.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Stay right where you are-- News 7 at noon is next.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[VO-NAT]


Tropical Storm Helene is dying a slow death over Florida's big bend.
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[Helene]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
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[GRAPHIC=Tropcal Storm]


Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Tropical Storm Helene is growing weaker after coming ashore in the Florida panhandle today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Panama City, FL;]


Florida's gulf coast is getting dumped on with heavy rain.
Forecasters expect as much as eight inches in some areas.
The storm made landfall with top winds of 45- miles- per- hour.
But those winds should diminish as the storm moves into southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia.
Meanwhile, Florida officials weren't taking any chances with the storm-- closing several schools and government offices today.
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[Siamese-Twins]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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A court ruling today in the British case involving a set of Siamese twins--
The court has approved an operation that will surgically separate the twin girls, who are joined at the lower abdomen.
Doctors have said both girls will die within months if they stay together.
But they add that the stronger one could survive on her own, if separated.
The girls' parents oppose the surgery, wanting to leave their daughters' survival to "God's will".
The parents are identified only as Roman Catholics from a European country.


[Fifth-wheel]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-32 TC59:28]
[GRAPHIC=81 Deadly Accident]

Three new Volvo truck tractors broke loose on the Interstate last summer, killing a truck driver in the on-coming lane of traffic.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./June 19, 1999]


The widow of Georgia trucker Robert (Ga-rard) Garrard went to court, hoping to prove that either negligence or defective equipment was to blame.
Now a federal judge has ruled it was neither.
Judge Sam Wilson found no proof of any defects in the "fifth wheel" and no evidence of negligence on the part of those who stacked the piggy-backed tractors at the Volvo terminal in Dublin.
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[81-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-33 TC53:26]
[GRAPHIC=81 Deadly Accident]

A deadly accident on interstate 81 killed a woman from Harrisonburg. It happened yesterday near the 164 mile marker in Botetourt County. Kate Weidaw has the details.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Paul Dulaney/State Police; :15]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Botetourt Co.]

((The south bound lanes of interstate 81 near Buchanan looked more like a parking lot than a highway Thursday afternoon. Around 4 o'clock 72 year old Juanita Clague from Harrisonburg was driving north when she lost control of her car.

[SOT 17:47:55]
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((SGT. PAUL DULANEY: WITNESSES STATED THE VEHICLE STARTED SWERVING AND THEN SHOT ACROSS THE MEDIAN INTO THE SOUTH BOUND LANE AND STRUCK THE TRACTOR TRAILER HEAD ON.))
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[RUNS9]
The Mercury then rolled and split into two. Police say Clague was killed instantly. The driver of the tractor trailer was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with head injuries that do not appear to be life threatening. It took officials over three hours to clear the scene before traffic was back to normal. Kate Weidaw News7 Botetourt County.))


[Safety-Improvements]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-31 TC46:30]
[GRAPHIC=81 Safety]



Interstate 81 is just one of the highways that will benefit from funding in the state's six year transportation plan.

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[VO-NAT 00-30 1:06:05]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./August 22]


Yesterday, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved nearly 1 billion dollars in funding for projects on interstate 81 and Routes 58 and 220.
37 and a half million dollars will upgrade the interstate by installing median guardrails, additional rumble strips, and message boards.
Some folks believe improvements are needed but it's the drivers who have to be careful.
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[SOT 44:42]
[IN Q=if they're]

((WILLIAM SANDERS/EAGLE ROCK RESIDENT: IF THEY'RE GOING TO WIDEN IT AND PUT THREE LANES ON IT YOU COULD PUT FIVE ON IT AND YOU'D STILL HAVE THE SAME MESS.))
[SUPER=01-William Sanders/Eagle Rock Resident]
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[OUT Q=same mess.]
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[VO-NAT]


VDOT will hold a public hearing on the plan on October 5th at the Wyndham Hotel in Roanoke.
The transportation board will make a final decision on the plan October 19th and if it's approved it will go into effect November first.
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[Cancer-Walk]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-41 TC04:00]
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Hundreds of people joined together for The "Light the Night Walk" and raised nearly 58-thousand dollars to fight cancer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


They walked two miles around South Roanoke last night.
The money raised will be used to fight blood-based cancers like Leukemia and Lymphoma.
Cancer survivors carried white balloons.
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[SOT 2:12:54]
[IN Q=You Never]

((YOU NEVER KNOW FROM DAY TO DAY WHEN YOUR LIFE'S GOING TO BE TOUCHED BY THIS. WHETHER IT BE YOU HAVE CANCER YOURSELF OR YOUR LOVED ONES HAVE CANCER.))
[SUPER=01-Martha Brinkley/Cancer Survivor]
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[OUT Q=loved ones have cancer.]
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[VO-NAT]


Six other Virginia cities and hundreds of communities across the country also held walks last night.
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[India-Flooding]


[ANCHOR=Kimbelry]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]


Severe flooding in India has claimed at least 64 lives and left MILLIONS of people marooned.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-West Bengal, India;]


The Indian army and air force are struggling to carry out rescue and relief operations.
Torrential rain is causing damage to crops, and drenching homes and grain sheds.
It's one of the heaviest monsoon seasons in many years in this part of India.
Towns and villages are all but submerged--
Army boats are ferrying people to higher ground.
The Indian air force is dropping in packages of food and drinking water.
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[Mason-Dixon]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=equ]
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[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


George Allen is leading the U-S Senate race by seven points over the Incumbant Chuck Robb.
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[TAKE PINNACLE PAGE ONE ]
Our latest Mason-Dixon/News 7 poll of likely voters shows Republican Allen with 48 percent over Democrat Chuck Robb's 41 percent support.
Eleven percent are still undecided.
The silver lining for Robb is that he's closed the gap three points over our July poll. [PINNACLE PAGE TWO]
From a regional standpoint, Robb is winning Northern Virginia, 52 to 38 percent.
The candidates are dead even in Hampton Roads, at 43 percent. [PINNACLE PAGE THREE]
But everywhere else in the state, George Allen's on top, including in the Roanoke and Southwest region.
He leads 54 to 35 percent.
In Lynchburg and Southside, Allen's up ten points over Robb, with a 49-39 split.
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
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Allen continues to have a big lead among men and white voters.
Robb has a big lead among black voters, and finally has eked out a six point advantage with women.

[Airport-Tower]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-34 TC37:16]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport]


Roanoke Regional Airport will have a new air traffic control tower in a couple of years. The Federal Aviation Administration received the go-ahead for it.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Architect's Rendering;]


The new tower will give controllers a birds eye view of Woodrum field. The structure will rise almost 200 feet, the equivalent of a 15-story building with antennas on the roof.
Yesterday, the Roanoke City Planning Commission gave its approval.
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[IN Q=It gives the controllers]

((IT GIVES THE CONTROLLERS A LOT BETTER VISIBILITY THAN WHAT THEY HAVE TODAY. AND IT WILL PERMIT US TO DEVELOP SOME LAND THAT CURRENTLY WE CAN'T DEVELOP BECAUSE OF WHERE THE TOWER IS LOCATED.))
[SUPER=01-Jacqueline Shuck/Roanoke Regional Airport]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The new tower will cost the F-A-A about eight and a half million dollars.
Construction should begin in February and the new tower could be ready for service in early 2003.

[Crown-Jobs]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
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Some laid off Crown Simplimatic workers explored other employment options at a job fair.
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Last Thursday, the company laid off 150 employees to trim costs while filing for bankruptcy protection.
But Lynchburg's unemployment rate is less than two percent, which means many businesses are frantically searching for workers.
Many companies were on display at a job fair for Crown employees yesterday.
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[IN Q=We find ourselves]

((CONNIE STANEK/SOCIETY OF H.R. MANAGERS: WE FIND OURSELVES HAVING TO GO TO NON-TRADITIONAL METHODS TO RECRUIT.. EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE WHAT WE TERM THE EMPLOYER OF CHOICE.))
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Crown Simplimatic workers handed out resumes, filled out applications and did some networking yesterday afternoon.
The company says some of the laid- off employees have already found new jobs.
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[Pumpout-Boat]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC1:44:10]
[GRAPHIC=Smith Mt. Lake]

There's a new traveling sewer system at Smith Mountian Lake.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Smith Mtn. Lake;]

The Royal Flush is a new pump-out boat, the only one on a Virginia lake. It runs alongside people's boats to collect the boats sewage, so they don't empty their tanks into the lake. Residents spent 11-thousand-dollars of their own money to buy the 38-thousand-dollar boat -- the rest of the money came from Bedford County, A-E-P, and the Health Department. Eventually they'd like to make dumping a crime.
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[IN Q=We are looking]

((BILL TELFORD/SMITH MTN. LAKE ASSOC.: WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN EPA EDICT THAT THIS IS A NO DISCHARGE ZONE THAT FORMALIZES FROM A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STANDPOINT SO IT IS IN FACT A CRIME TO DUMP INTO THE LAKE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Telford/Smith Mtn. Lake Assoc.;]
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[OUT Q=into the lake]
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[VO-NAT]

The boat will be in storage until spring.
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[Tech-Transfer]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-27 TC1:22:03]
[GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech]


Virginia Tech is up to full capacity so there won't be any room for students who want to transfer there this spring.

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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


The university is turning away all spring applicants because this year's freshman class was 10 percent larger than expected.
Tech had 430 more first year students than it planned ... even though officials say the schools is getting more selective.
And more students are STAYING, which means NO spots for transfers.
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[IN Q=It's really all]

((LARRY HINCKER/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR: WE'VE ACCEPTED 2,000 MORE VIRGINIA STUDENT IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEAR WITHOUT HAVING ANY INCREASE IN FUNDS FROM THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. WE DID THAT AS A PRODUCTIVITY MEASURE. WE REACHED OUT TO THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. BUT WE REALLY ARE PACKED TO THE GILLS RIGHT NOW AND WE CANT ACCEPT ANY MORE STUDENTS UNTIL WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE REVENUE SITUATION.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations Director;]
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[OUT Q=revenue situation.]
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[VO-NAT]


About 15 percent of Tech's students transfer from other colleges.
University officials say the applicant boom was caused partly by a rise in Virginia high school graduates.
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[Rich-Americans]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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"Forbes" Magazine's new list of the top 400 wealthiest Americans is out--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is still riding high at the top of the list.
But Gates has some competition from Oracle corporation C-E-O Lawrence Ellison, whose worth more than quadrupled in the past year.
There are 47 women on the list this year.
A few newcomers are joining the list of the nation's most prosperous-- including home decor guru Martha Stewart and professional wrestling's Vince McMahon.
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[Olympic-Twins]


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


Five years ago, they were homeless.
But tonight, they're competing in the Sydney Olympics.
American track stars Alvin and Calvin Harrison are twins making up for lost time.
Manuel Gallegus has their story.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Brisbane, Australia; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alvin Harrison/U.S. Olympic Runner; :28]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; :34]
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ON THE TRACK THEY'RE IDENTICAL, NOT ONLY IN LOOKS BUT IN THE WAY THEY WARM-UP FOR A RACE..AND THE WAY THEY RUN.

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ON THIS NIGHT, JUST BEFORE THE OLYMPICS, AMERICANS ALVIN AND CALVIN HARRISON ARE ENJOYING THE GOOD LIFE. AS THE ANNOUNCER INFORMS THE CROWD THAT ALVIN HAS JUST SET AN AUSTRALIAN TRACK RECORD IN THE 400 METER.

-SOT-ANNOUNCEMENT

in fact it is an Australian all comers records-congratulations Alvin

-SOT- ALVIN HARRISON, AMERICAN OLYMPIC RUNNER (ON RIGHT)2;14;10

Im not the kind of guy who cries, but I cry on the inside, tears of joy, its fabulous, I love it.
-STAND-UP-MANUEL GALLEGUS ON CAM, BRISBANE AUSTRALIA 2;17;30 Coming to Australia, breaking records, competing in the Olympics are truly dreams come true for the Harrison brothers, especially when you consider what they went through when they were younger.
AS CHILDREN, THE BOYS WERE ABANDONED BY THEIR PARENTS, AND LEFT WITH THEIR GRANDMOTHER IN FLORIDA.. THEY NEVER FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL. FIVE YEARS AGO, THEY WERE LIVING IN THEIR CAR IN CALIFORNIA. THEY SAY A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING TURNED THEIR LIVES AROUND.

-SOT-We all have obstacles you have to overcome. You learn from those

things, it build character and makes you stronger. Were definitely stronger and its definitely rounded out our character. 2;14;40
WITH HELP FROM A JUNIOR COLLEGE COACH, THE TWO TRAINED FOR THE ATLANTA GAMES WHERE ALVIN FINISHED FOURTH IN THE 400 METERS AND CALVIN JUST MISSED MAKING THE TEAM.
ALVIN IS THREE MINUTES OLDER AND A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF A SECOND FASTER THAN HIS TWIN. HE HAS A REAL SHOT AT A SOLO MEDAL, AND CALVIN MAY MEDAL IN THE 400 RELAY.

-SOT-2;14:57

its a dream come true, up to this point its been wonderful. q: you guys are good buddies, oh yeah, were best friends, this is a marriage you have to be.
))MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS BRISBANE AUSTRALIA.