[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Pentagon officials are on Capitol Hill answering questions about the U-S-S Cole bombing.
Sources say a Yemeni man has admitted to playing a role in the terrorist attack.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And authorities spend part of the morning searching for a missing helicopter in the Roanoke Valley.
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[TALENT=Jacey]
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A few sprinkles this morning keeps clouds in our area for the moment but the sun should be returning later this afternoon... our weather forecast is ahead.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.



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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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[VO-NAT]


Rescue personnel comb the area between Roanoke and Mill Mountain for what witnesses THOUGHT was a helicopter that went down.

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[USS-Cole]


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

[***NOTE ANCHOR TAG***]
Congressional investigators are asking the military some tough questions about the bombing of the U-S-S Cole.
They mostly want to know why the Cole was in the Port of Aden in the first place, and why it didn't pose a challenge for the boat loaded with explosives that pulled up next to it.
Jennifer Jones reports from Capitol Hill.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Warner/Committee Chairman;]
[SUPER=01-Gen. Tommy Franks/U.S. Army;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Jones/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=Jones, CBS news, Washington.]

((

(LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, DC)


THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THIS MORNING, POSING TOUGH QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE DEADLY TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE USS-COLE. AN ATTACK THAT HAPPENED DURING A REFUELING STOP IN ADEN, YEMEN AN AREA KNOWN AS A SAFE HAVEN FOR TERRORISTS. IN FACT, COMMITTEE MEMBERS STRESSED THERE HAD BEEN WARNINGS FROM US OFFICIALS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL DANGERS IN THAT REGION. -- SEN. JOHN WARNER
(R)VA, COMMITTEE CHRMN

in: out: -- ARMY GEN. TOMMY FRANKS in: out: -- SINCE THE DEATHS OF THE 17-SAILORS IN THE USS COLE EXPLOSION, SECURITY MEASURES IN THE PERSIAN GULF REGION HAVE BEEN PLACED AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. NAVY SHIPS HAVE BEEN PULLED OUT OF PORTS AND WILL BE KEPT AT SEA. U-S FORCES IN BAHRAIN AND QATAR REMAIN ON DELTA ALERT, THE MILITARYS HIGHEST ALERT STATUS. -- STD UP: GEN FRANKS HAS TOLD COMMITTEE MEMBERS THE MILITARY RECEIVED NO WARNING OF A SPECIFIC THREAT AGAINST THE USS COLE ON THE DAY OF THE EXPLOSION. THIS DESPITE TODAY'S WASHINGTON TIMES REPORT THAT THE U-S NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY ISSUED A REPORT WARNING OF A POSSIBLE ATTACK, BUT IT WAS DISTRIBUTED UNTIL HOURS AFTER THE BOMBING.
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[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Meanwhile, sources in Yemen say a carpenter has confessed that he helped two men modify a small boat, then helped load explosives onto it.
Also today, security officers northwest of Aden say they're detained a woman who admits the men paid her to buy the car used to haul their boat to shore.

[Helicopter-Search]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Roanoke authorities have called off the search for a possible downed aircraft.
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[VO-NAT]
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Dispatchers received a call around 10- thirty from a Roanoke resident who reported seeing a helicopter in trouble.

A crew with Lifeguard Ten searched the area between Roanoke and Mill Mountain for about 30- minutes but did not spot any evidence of a crash.
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[SOT 16:14:02]
[IN Q=I drove]

((AUDIE FERRIS/ROANOKE BATTALION CHIEF: I DROVE THE LOOP... CALLED OFF THE SEARCH.))
[SUPER=01-Audie Ferris/Roanoke Battalion Chief; :00]
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[OUT Q=the search.]
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities had considered combing the area on foot but say they decided against that because Lifeguard Ten had a clear view of the area.
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[Fire-Plan]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-34]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The Roanoke County Supervisors voted to hire 20 additional paid fire and rescue personnel.
But some county residents are concerned over where those employees will be placed.
They addressed the board at a public hearing last night.
Joe Dashiell has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=County residents and representatives]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Altizer/Mt. Pleasant Resident; :17]
[SUPER=01-Joe Coyle/Cave Spring Rescue Chief; :40]
[SUPER=@Joe1; :53]
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[OUT Q=JD News 7]


((County residents and representatives of the fire and rescue squads packed the public hearing.
While there was widespread support for hiring additional paid staff.... there was also concern that outlying areas such as Bent Mountain, Catawba, and Mount Pleasant will be left with inadequate coverage.
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[IN Q=I think as far as Mt. Pleasant]

((MICHAEL ALTIZER: I THINK AS FAR AS MOUNT PLEASANT GOES IT'S BEEN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FOOD CHAIN TOO LONG. AND WE ARE BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF AND OUR ONLY FULL-TIMER IS BEING TAKEN AWAY AND I THINK THAT IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=totally unacceptable.]


County officials say no decisions have been made on where the additional staff members will serve.
A task force that includes representation from all of the fire and rescue companies will make that decision once the new employees have been trained.
[SOT 02:27:27]
[IN Q=What we have]

((JOE COYLE: WHAT WE HAVE IS A PROMISE TO WORK TOGETHER. WHAT WE WANT THE BOARD TO DO IS GIVE US THOSE TWENTY POSITIONS SO THAT WE CAN DEVELOP A PLAN AND ALL OF THE INTERESTS OF THE COUNTY CAN BE SERVED.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=interests of the county can be served.]


Another issue that must still be decided is fee for service... whether to charge county residents for ambulance calls.
The supervisors say they have a large enough budget surplus to pay for the new positions, so they've delayed a decision on that issue for several months.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

[KFC]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-33 TC1:32:54]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Tests are being performed on the mouse a Roanoke family says it found in its K-F-C dinner.
Meanwhile, the family says the tests on the rodent are unfair.
But last night, the company that owns the K-F-C on Melrose Avenue- says the tests are fair. It says an independent lab is doing the testing and the company has no control over the results.
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[VO-NAT]


A Vice President from the Tennessee based J-R-N incorporated said-- "The independent laboratory is exactly that.
It operates independently, we do not control the findings."
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


But LaTasha Cummings says her family found that J-R-N is not only paying for the mouse to be tested -- but also picked the lab where the test is taking place.
Cummings says she was under the impression the Health Department would pick the location -- since it agreed to act as third party.
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[SOT51:55]
[IN Q=If they would have told us]

((LATASHA CUMMINGS; IF THEY WOULD HAVE TOLD US THAT JRN WAS PICKING-UP THE TAB AND THEY HAD PICKED THE LAB, DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK WE WOULD HAVE TURNED THE BOX OF CHICKEN OVER TO THE HEALTH DEPT.))
[SUPER=07-LaTasha Cummings;]
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[OUT Q=health dept]
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[vo-nat]
The Health Department's Dick Tabb says he was under the assumption both parties were aware of the decision.
Tabb says all the health department was required to do was investigate the restaurant which it did, and found no signs of rodents.
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[SOT1:02:37]
[IN Q=We did not have ]

((DICK TABB: WE DID NOT HAVE CONTEMPLATION ABOUT WHAT'S FAIR AND NOT FAIR. WE DID OUR PUBLIC HEALTH JOB))
[SUPER=01-Dick Tabb/Environmental Health Manager]
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[OUT Q=health job]
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[VO-NAT]


On the phone last night, J-R-N Vice-president Wallace (ay-Bear) Hebert said "We know two things about this object.
First of all it didn't come from inside the restaurant because the restaurant was inspected.
Secondly, our chicken is protected better than our national defense secrets. "
(ay-Bear) Hebert went on saying -- "The people of the Roanoke Valley can have confidence in the products we serve and we hope they can forget this unfair video. Because when our investigation is complete, it will be in our best interest to share it with everybody."
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[Fifth-District]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-36]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]

Two more debates are scheduled between Fifth district Congressional candidates Democrat John Boyd and Incumbant Virgil Goode before the November 7th election. But last night all three candidates for the job faced off in Danville. Goode, Boyd and independent Joseph Spence all have different opinions on how to improve the economy there. Meredyth Censullo has more on their debate.
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[IN Q=Before a .. ]
[SUPER=203-Danville; :00]
[SUPER=201-John Boyd/(D) 5th District Candidate; :29]
[SUPER=201-Virgil Goode/(I) 5th District Candidate; :53]
[SUPER=201-Joseph Spence/(I) 5th District Candidate; 1:16]
[SUPER=241-Meredyth/Censullo/mcensullo*wdbj7.com; 1:25]
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[OUT Q=N7, Danville.]

((Before a visibly divided crowd of supporters, the candidates for the 5th district argued over what has been done - and what needs to be done - to improve the economy in Southside. Mecklenburg farmer John Boyd, who has earned name recognition from his fight on behalf of the nation's black farmers, argued incumbent Congressman Goode has done little to improve the unemployment rate in Danville and surrounding areas - despite a booming national economy.

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[IN Q=John Boyd has a ]

((JOHN BOYD/(D) CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: JOHN BOYD HAS A PLAN OF ACTION TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VA, BY OFFERING NOT CO-SPONSORING -LEGISLATION THAT HASN'T PASSED YET .. BUT WILL SPONSOR LEGISLATION THAT GONNA GO SOMEWHERE ON CAPITOL HILL.))
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[OUT Q=capitol hill...]


Goode - who earlier this year left the Democratic party and is running as an independent - says he's a cosponsor of an act waiting to pass the Senate which would boost local economies.

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[IN Q=That Community]

((VIRGIL GOODE/FIFTH DIST. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: THAT COMMUNITY RENEWAL ACT THAT WOULD HELP MUCH OF SOUTHSIDE VA BY CREATING EMPOWERMENT ZONES AND PROVIDING TAX CUTS TO EMPLOYEES.))
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[OUT Q=employees.]


Independent Candidate Joseph Spence says the way to boost the local economy is to reduce taxes on businesses in the private sector ..

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[SOT]
[IN Q=Why spend]

((JOSEPH SPENCE/FIFTH DIST. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: WHY SEND MONEY TO WASHINGTON WHEN WE CAN KEEP IT HERE AND IN THE DISTRICT IN VIRGINIA AND CREATE A LOT OF BUSINESSES AND JOBS?))
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[OUT Q=jobs?]


All of the candidates agreed improving education in Southside could go long way in strengthening the economy .. Spence says children need to learn the basics before they enter the start using computers in schools. Boyd on the other hand supports computers in the classroom, saying it's the only way to compete with schools nationwide. Goode says federally mandated programs to fund education need to be improved. Meredyth Censullo, News 7 Danville. ))
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[Ivory-Coast]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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Military sources say the self- proclaimed winner in the Ivory Coast presidential election has fled the country.
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[VO-NAT]
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They say the junta leader, General Robert (gay-EE) Guei fled by helicopter after another day of violent protests in the West African nation.
The soldiers say gay-EE's own security forces have turned against him and joined the thousands of demonstrators protesting his claim to the presidency.
The bloody battles between soldiers and demonstrators indicate the military government may be losing control.
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[Amherst-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-32 TC1:46:44]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


An Amherst teenager will be sentenced in January after he pled guilty to shooting his mother to death and wounding his father.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co./File Tape]


15-year old Daniel Maddox pled guilty to murder, malicious wounding and firearms charges in the June 28th attack.

Maddox killed his mother in their home on Route 60 near Amherst, then ambushed his father an hour later.
John Maddox suffered gunshot wounds to the hand and shoulder.
Police did not determine a motive for the shootings, though the boy underwent a psychiatric evaluation before pleading guilty.
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[Floyd-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire]

Investigators may have determined the cause of Monday's fatal fire in Floyd County.
They say the man who died in the fire may have fallen asleep with a burning cigarette. They found 42 year old Albert Smith deceased in bed with the two-story farmhouse in flames. Smith lived on Route 6-15 and worked at the Mayberry Funeral Home.

[Young]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-37]
[GRAPHIC=Rickey Young]


The judge in the tax evasion case of Attorney Rickey Young says Young will not be allowed to tell the jury he's been the subject of government surveillance.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Young was in court yesterday arguing that he AND his lawyer should be allowed to address the jury and question witnesses.
Young also says the government has surveillance photographs that apparently no longer exist.
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[SOT 1:13]
[IN Q=They even approached]

((THEY EVEN APPROACHED WITNESSES AND ASKED THEM IF THEY KNEW THINGS ABOUT ME. THE PEOPLE WILL SAY, "YES, RICKEY, THEY HAD A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOU AT THE 911 MEETING." THEY EVEN HAD A PORTRAIT OF ME. PEOPLE WHO DRIVE AUTO CROSS, RACE TRACK STUFF. AND THEY HAD A PICTURE OF ME TALKING TO PEOPLE.))
[SUPER=01-Rickey Young/Attorney]
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[OUT Q=talking to people.]
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[V/O-NAT]
The case is now set for trial January 29th.
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[Cop-Car]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-39]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Lynchburg police have some new wheels to cruise in, thanks to the generosity of a local car dealer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Star Imports handed over the keys today to a new Volkswagen Jetta to chief Charles Bennett.
The car will be used by school resource officers, crime prevention personnel and the traffic safety unit for child seat instruction.
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[SOT 10:03:03]
[IN Q=Clearly a]

((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: CLEARLY A POLICE CRUISER IS NOT THE BEST VEHICLE TO USE BECAUSE NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE DRIVE THOSE KINDS OF CARS. MANY PEOPLE DO DRIVE THE VOLKSWAGEN JETTA OR THAT STYLE OF AUTOMOBILE AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO USE THAT TO VERY GOOD USE.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief]
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[OUT Q=very good use.]
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[VO-NAT]


Bennett says the donation also helps free up police cruisers for routine patrol.
The car will be on loan to the police department for two years. (------------)