[Thomas]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=01-01]
[GRAPHIC=Thomas Trial]


Thomas is charged with capital murder ... for the death of Radford teenager Tara Munsey last winter.
Jury selection began this morning.
[DOUBLE BOXES 1045=Kim /Marya Starlink;]


Marya Jones has been covering the case from the start. How long is the selection expected to take?
[LIVE=Marya full/Starlink]
[SUPER=@Marya1]
[SUPER=06-Pulaski]


((TAPE ROLLED FROM TRUCK))
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[SOT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski]
[RUNS=:31]
[OUT Q=once in the chest]



[LIVE=Marya FULL/Starlink]
[SUPER=06-Pulaski;]




[DOUBLE BOXES 1045=Kim /Marya Starlink;]




[Kosovo]


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


Officials say it's one of the worst attacks since the end of the war in Kosovo.
NATO peacekeepers say an explosion ripped apart a bus carrying Serb families into the Yugoslav province.
At least seven people died, 10 others were severely injured.
Officials say an explosive was set off by remote control as the bus drove over it.
It's not yet clear who's responsible for the attack.

[McVeigh]


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


A crucial midnight deadline has passed for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


McVeigh did not file a petition for clemency from President Bush.
His execution date of May 16th will stand.
McVeigh is set to die by lethal injection for the bombing of the Murrah Federal building in 19-95 that killed 168 people.
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[11Barnabei-Evidence]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-55 TC1:15:22]
[GRAPHIC=None]


D-N-A testing won't be allowed in the case of executed killer Derek Barnabei, even some believe it could clear his name.
That's the ruling from a Norfolk Judge.
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[VO-NAT]


Barnabei was put to death last fall for the rape and murder of Lynchburg native Sarah Wisnosky in 1993.
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Barnabei maintained his innocence to the end.. his supporters want the state to turn over physical evidence from the case so it can be re-tested.
But a judge has denied that petition. Barnabei's lawyer is now asking Governor Jim Gilmore to intervene.
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[Lexington-Death]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-05 TC12:23]
[GRAPHIC=VA Death Penalty]


A resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty has been passed by Lexington city council.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jarratt/File Tape;]


The resolution calls on law makers to enact a moratorium on executions until policies and procedures are implemented which ensure death penalty cases are administered fairly.
[SUPER=03-Lexington]


However three members of council proposed amendments that watered-down the reasons for the moratorium.
The amended version was passed by a 6 to 1 vote.
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[SOT 18:21]
[IN Q=we are virtiaully]

((LAVERT TAYLOR/LEXINGTON CITY COUNCIL: WE ARE VIRTUALLY SAYING NOTHING OTHER THEN YOU GUYS OUGHT TO STOP IT. WITHOUT ANY JUSTIFICATION FOR MAKING THAT STATEMENT WE HAVE DONE A GREAT DISSERVICE TO THE RESOLUTION ITSELF.))
[SOT 19:20]

((DIANE HERRICK/LEXINGTON CITY COUNCIL: I DO THINK RELATIVE TO WHAT SOME OTHER JURISDICTIONS MAY HAVE DONE THAT THIS IS A STEP FORWARD.))
[SUPER=01-Lavert Taylor/Lexington City Council; :00]
[SUPER=01-Diane Herrick/Lexington City Council; :15 QUICK]
[OUTQ=is a step forward]
[RUNS=17]
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[VO-NAT]


Lexington now joins Charlottesville which has already passed a similar resolution.
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[VMI-Cadet]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=VMI Seal]


Less than four years after it admitted women to its corps of cadets, a cadet at Virginia Military Institute is pregnant.
The woman has been identified as a Junior from Virginia.
She'll remain at V-M-I in full standing and has opted to keep living in the barracks rather than take a leave of absence or move to separate quarters.
Sources familiar with the cadet's situation say she is about four months pregnant.

[GunShop-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=00-52]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


Repair efforts are under way at a Daleville Gun Shop after a car crashes into the store...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daleville]


Officials say a seizure caused 35-year-old Tracey Lee Kelly to drive through the front of the Shooters Discount Warehouse last night.
The owner estimates 100-hundred-thousand dollars in damage while the driver was treated for minor injuries.
Because of the shop's contents, Botetourt County Sheriff's deputies stood guard until repairs started around seven this morning.
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[Danville-Science]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=12 Noon]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-06]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Higher operating costs and budget cuts are forcing some changes at Danville's Science Center.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape]


Beginning next week, the museum will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The museum will also cut employees salaries by ten percent.
The move comes after Governor Gilmore announced in December that the Science Museum of Virginia would get less state funding to finance its 8.4 million dollar budget.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]


The Director of the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond says ticket prices at the Danville museum will remain the same.

[Bush-Mexico]


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


Mexicans are calling it the "Cowboy Boots Summit".
President Bush is south of the border to meet with Mexican President Vicente Fox about the upcoming Summit of the Americas.
Teri Okita has more on the Presidential visit.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Leon, Mexico;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/Reporting;]
[SUPER=01-Francisco Cardenas-Torres/San Cristobal Resident; QUICK!!]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Leon, Mexico.]

((: (locator - Leon, Mexico - Bush getting off plane ) For his first trip abroad as president - George Bush is calling on his old friend and new counterpart in Mexico - Vicente Fox.

sot: GW (to come....ny drop in )


Narr: Fox invited Bush to lunch at his ranch near the tiny town of San Cristobal - where residents have painted the town and welcome his arrival.

nat sot break


Narr: One talking point here - exporting Mexico's abundant supply of energy to help places like California where the power crisis continues. Oil and natural gas are plentiful in Mexico - but so is the government red tape and exploration technology lags behind.

nat sot break


Narr: Another issue illegal immigration. Although the numbers are dropping.. more than one hundred fifty thousand Mexicans still illegally cross the border each year. President Fox supports a guest worker program - that allows more Mexicans to seek legal and seasonal work in the US.
Standup; Teri Okita on camera: The President of the United States - coming to Mexico means a lot to the people of this small town and nearby cities. And they are hoping a partnership - between the two new leaders will help spur their economy -

sot: Francisco Cardenas -Torres/ San cristobal resident: (fast )

I am happy - happy that George W. Bush has come to my country
Narr: expanding trade - curbing illegal drugs and many other issues are on the menu. With backgrounds in business and ranching the two presidents have much in common - and much to discuss. Teri Okita ...CBS News. ))

[Israel-Unity]


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


A government of unity is taking shape in Israel under the leadership of Prime Minister- Elect Ariel Sharon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;]


Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Barak's Labor Party has agreed to join the new government.
Barak has accepted Sharon's offer to join his government as Defense Minister.
But Barak is facing criticism for his decision to stay on under the hard-liner.
The outgoing Israeli leader says he changed his mind out of a sense of responsibility.
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[SOT 10:05:25 ]
[IN Q=I think we can say]

((RAANAN GISSIN/SHARON'S SPOKESMAN:I THINK WE CAN SAY THAT IT'S A DONE DEAL- IN OTHER WORDS
THEY HAVE REACHED A POINT OF NO RETURN AND I THINK ISRAEL IS GOING
TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. ))
[SUPER=01-Raanan Gissin/Sharon's Spokesman;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=next few days]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel;]


Meanwhile, security is tight in Jerusalem following Wednesday's incident when a Palestinian driver rammed his bus into a crowd of Israelis.
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[SOLs]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=01-03 TC40:59]
[GRAPHIC=Standards of Learning]


For now, Virginia's Standards of Learning will stay the same.
Several bills concerning changing the SOL's were shot down in Richmond yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


One bill, sponsored by Carroll County Democrat Tommy Jackson would have made S-O-L test scores only HALF of what school accreditation is based on.
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[SOT tape one 10:10:41]
[IN Q=I think when]

(( KIRK SCHRODER/BOARD OF ED. PRESIDENT: I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SPECIFICS-- YESTERDAY I WAS WITH A GROUP OF PRINCIPALS... AND I READ THROUGH THE JACKSON BILL AND THEY WERE AGHAST BECAUSE THEY REALIZED THIS IS GONNA MAKE IT EVEN HARDER ON THEM IN TERMS OF SCHOOL ACCREDITATION.))
[SUPER=01-Kirk Schroder/Board of Education President;]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=school accreditation.]
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[VO-NAT]


The senators asked the State Board of Education to weigh in on the bills -- a move that parents who want S-O-L changes think is like the fox watching the hen house.
The parents group has advice for unhappy parents.
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[SOT tape one 10:20:26]
[IN Q=Continue to express their views]

((CONTINUE TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS TO THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES AND TO THE STATE BOARD MEMBERS WHO NOW ARE HELD UP AS THE PARAGONS OF RESPONSIVENESS TO PARENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Roxanne Grossman/Parents United to Reform SOLs;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=paragons of responsiveness to parents.]
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[TALENT=Kimberly]
[SS=HOLD]


The S-O-L bills were all "passed by indefinitely," which is General Assembly lingo for dead in the water.

[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE][6-Inspection-Fees]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-51 TC1:36:03]
[GRAPHIC=wipe]


[WIPE--WIPE--WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The House of Delegates spiked a bill yesterday that would have increased vehicle inspection fees.
The bill would have let mechanics charge up to 50 dollars for car inspections-- to help reimburse their actual costs.
The Governor vetoed a bill with smaller fee increases last year.
Yesterday, the House apparently saw the writing on the wall.
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[Transkrit]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC2:01:20]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A Roanoke company will close after plans of a takeover failed.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Negotiations to buy Transkrit, a state of the art label manufacturing company, fell through yesterday afternoon.
A New Jersey-based company called Net-2-Press was interested, but couldn't come to an agreement with Transkrit's PARENT company.
More than 200 employees will be out of job starting Monday.
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[SOT]

[tc:00:05:58]
[IN Q=We were hoping]

((DANE SERRANO/TRANSCRIT EMPLOYEE: WE WERE HOPING THEY COULD NEGOTIATE SOME SORT OF DEAL WITH NAT2PRESS. AND IT SEEMS LIKE THEY COULDN'T GET TOGETHER ON THE DEAL.)) ((GEORGE FARANO/TRANSCRIT EMPLOYEE: WE DID BUILD THIS COMPANY. I'VE GOT 21 YEARS HE'S GOT ALMOST 25.))
[SUPER=01-Dane Serrano/Transkrit Employee; :00]
[SUPER=01-George Farano/Transkrit Employee; :13]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=he's got almost 25.]
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[VO-NAT]


The company will begin liquidating immediately.
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[11City-Library]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-48 TC1:43:06]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Changes are scheduled for the main branch of the Roanoke Public Library.
It will close for several weeks this Spring.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Jefferson Street building hasn't seen major renovations since the early 80s.
The project will include new paint, carpeting and shelving on the first floor.
The stacks will be reorganized and placed farther apart to accommodate library patrons with disabilities.
The schedule hasn't been finalized, but the work will take place during March and April. The library is extending loan periods, so customers won't have to return books until renovations are complete.
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[6-Graham]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=01-07 TC20:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke man who spent 14 years on death row in Louisiana is now free. As Kate Weidaw reports, Michael Graham is back home in Roanoke trying to start his life over again.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Michael Graham/Exonerated Inmate;:00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;:26]
[SUPER=03-Angola, LA/December 28;:53]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/January 30;1:11]
[SUPER=@Kate2; 1:28]
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[OUT Q=kw news 7 Roanoke.]
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[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: I FEEL I'VE LOST MY MOST PRODUCTIVE YEARS AND MY WHOLE PAST WAS DESTROYED.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 7]



Michael Graham didn't sit in his parents living room for 14 years.
From the age of 22 his world has consisted of a dark jail cell and his books.

[SOT 3:34:16]
[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: THAT WAS MY ESCAPE FROM THERE READING AND WATCHING TELEVISION BUT IT DOESN'T LAST LONG YOU ALWAYS REALIZE WHERE YOU'RE AT.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 7]


Where he was at was on death row in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for a murder he didn't commit. And although Graham says he was angry at the system for convicting an innocent man, he kept a positive attitude.

[SOT 3:35:26]
[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: I HAD FAITH THAT I WOULD GO HOME AND I TRIED TO STAY AS POSITIVE AS I COULD IN THERE AND I REALLY DIDN'T THINK ABOUT DYING I JUST REALLY WANTED TO GO HOME AND I GUESS THAT MADE IT HARDER BECAUSE IT TOOK 14 YEARS.))
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[RUNS= 14]


On December 28-th of last year Graham walked out of prison a free man after the testimony that convicted him in 1987 ended up making him a free man.

[SOT 3:37:17]
[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: PEOPLE RECANTED, THE WHOLE CASE FELL APART THEY REALLY HAD NO CASE FROM THE BEGINNING AND THE TRUTH CAME OUT.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 10]


Now Graham is going before legislatures asking for changes in the death penalty, especially in Virginia.

[SOT 3:48:49]
[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: IF I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THIS STATE WITH THE 21 DAY LAW I'D BE DEAD RIGHT NOW BECAUSE ALL THE NEW EVIDENCE CAME YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 8]


But Grahams main concern right now is readjusting to life and enjoying the freedom he took for granted before.

[SOT 3:39:57]
[INQ=]

((MICHAEL GRAHAM: JUST BEING FREE IS GREAT BUT LIKE I SAID I JUST WANT TO GO TO WORK AND BE ORDINARY.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= 7]


Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))

[5-Hispanic-Clinic]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=500-19 1:45:39]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The Roanoke City Health Department plans to open a clinic --where all of the personnel speak Spanish.
The Health Department says this is an important step because employees have seen a growing number of Spanish speaking patients at the clinic.
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[SOT50:17]
[IN Q=It removes the most critical barrier in all]

((DR. MOLLY ODELL/HEALTH DEPARTMENT: IT REMOVES THE MOST CRITICAL BARRIER IN ALL OF HEALTH CARE AND THAT'S COMMUNICATION. SO WE SEE IT AS A REAL IMPORTANT STEP IN REDUCING THE BARRIERS IN HEALTH CARE FOR A POPULATION WHO DESERVES TO HAVE ACCESS TO A VERY IMPORTANT SERVICE))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Molly O'Dell/Health Department;]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=access to a very important service]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The clinic is scheduled to open this summer. A location has not been determined yet. The Health Department says it will most likely be some place in the city.


[Whale-Jump]


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


It's a WHALE of a story from Hawaii--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Port Allen, HI;]


Some whale watchers got more than they bargained for.
A 20- foot-long humpback whale jumped onto the rear of a 40- foot long catamaran.
A female tourist suffered a broken knee from the incident.
Experts say whales usually stay away from boats when they hear an engine.
But they say younger whales like THIS one can be pretty high strung.
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[Computer-Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news this afternoon, shares of a couple of personal computer makers are being closely watched today.
Dell Computer narrowly missed estimates with its fourth-quarter profits. And Hewlett-Packard reports a 59 percent drop in quarterly earnings, though the results did match expectations.